Dan Wolken covers college football and occasionally other things for @USATODAY. Send news tips, story ideas and requests to dwolken@usatoday.com

Bob Bowlsby expects no immediate changes for Big 12 after Playoff snub

usatoday.com — NEW YORK - Not landing one of its co-champions in the College Football Playoff was a shock to the Big 12 Conference, but not so much that it will compel them to immediately seek expansion, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday.

The game changed, and so did Alabama and Nick Saban

sports.usatoday.com — ATLANTA - Darkness was approaching in Oxford, Miss., thousands of fans had flooded the field and goalposts were about to be carried away at Alabama's expense. Nick Saban retreated into a small media room that night in early October and told anyone who would listen what mattered was responding the right way, the way Alabama did in 2011 and 2012 when it lost a game but won the national title anyway.

No. 1 Alabama polishes Playoff résumé with 42-13 SEC Championship win

sports.usatoday.com — ATLANTA - Breaking down No. 1 Alabama's 42-13 win Saturday against No. 13 Missouri for the SEC Championship. THE BIG PICTURE: It wasn't an easy road for Alabama. There was an early loss that took away the Crimson Tide's margin for error. They needed some luck against Arkansas and LSU.

Lawsuit alleges college used strippers to lure students

college.usatoday.com — A for-profit Florida college used exotic dancers as admissions officers, falsified documents and coached students to lie on financial forms as it fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in federal money, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Miami.

Jim McElwain’s Florida to-do list is long, but he’s an ideal coach to complete it

sports.usatoday.com — For all the money and cachet of the Southeastern Conference, the last 10 coaches hired in the league have come from the following sources: Five mid-major head coaches, one Big Ten head coach, one Big East head coach, one Power Five conference offensive coordinator and two Power Five defensive...

Source: Colorado State’s Jim McElwain agrees to become Florida’s head coach

sports.usatoday.com — Florida has its man - finally. Colorado State's Jim McElwain has agreed to become Florida's next head coach, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the school had not yet announced the hiring. A news conference in Gainesville is expected Thursday.

Georgia Southern appeal delays UL bowl announcement

theadvertiser.com — While fellow Sun Belt Conference member Georgia Southern tries to get bowl-eligible, UL still awaits formal announcement of its postseason plans. It's been widely expected for some time now that the Ragin' Cajuns will make a fourth-straight trip to the New Orleans Bowl, which signaled clearly late last month that UL again is its top choice to represent the Sun Belt Conference.

After Blake Sims sticks with Alabama, Alabama sticks with Blake Sims

sports.usatoday.com — TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - If we're being honest about it, Blake Sims probably should have left Alabama a long time ago. It would've been the smart play, the easy play, especially in a program like this where the stars usually show who they are right away or are never heard from again.

Past and future: Alabama fends off Auburn and looks to even bigger things

sports.usatoday.com — TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Breaking down No. 1 Alabama's 55-44 win Saturday against No. 16 Auburn: THE BIG PICTURE: For much of the night, as Auburn was slicing up Alabama's defense and getting three interceptions off quarterback Blake Sims, chaos fetishists began to wonder whether the mighty...

Around college football: Minnesota as Playoff barometer

usatoday.com — Very few of the one-loss College Football Playoff contenders have played the same opponents, a fact that has only complicated the constant debate between teams of similar qualities from different leagues. That's why Minnesota is in a unique spot. The Gophers lost to TCU, 30-7, on Sept.
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Dec 20, 2014

B1G has hoops losses this year to: NJIT, EMU, Saint Peter’s, St. Francis, Central Mich, Incarnate Word, North Florida, EWU, Texas Southern

Dec 20, 2014

RT @IDS_Southorn: Amazing job at CSU-Pueblo by John Wristen. Started program from scratch in 2008, is 68-16, won D-II national title today.

Dec 20, 2014

Looks like this may happen. Texas Southern up 5 with the ball with 90 seconds left. Worst loss in Izzo’s career?

Dec 20, 2014

We’ve reached the “No chance Texas Southern gets a call” portion of the possible upset.

Dec 20, 2014

Mike Davis needs one stop for a huge, huge upset. Michigan State ball, down 1 with 24 seconds left.

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