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Miss. State extends Mullen for $17.1M

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State has announced a contract extension for coach Dan Mullen that will pay him more than $4 million per season for the next four years.

The school announced the extension on Thursday night. The four-year contract, which runs through 2018, is the longest allowed by state law.

The school says Mullen will be paid $4 million in 2015 and the average yearly salary of the contract is $4,275,000. Mullen's previous deal paid about $3 million annually.

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LSU penalized by SEC over recruit

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU says its football program has been penalized by the Southeastern Conference because coaches communicated too frequently with a recruit who had signed a financial aid agreement, but later decided to play elsewhere.

NCAA rules allow coaches more leeway to contact recruits who have submitted financial aid forms, but coaches are deemed retroactively in violation if such recruits decide to enroll at another school.

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Nacita admits ignoring Baylor compliance

WACO, Texas (AP) Former Baylor running back Silas Nacita says he made a mistake by "disregarding guidance" from the school's compliance department and accepting benefits that led to him being removed from the team.

Baylor announced Tuesday that Nacita, whose story of overcoming an unstable family situation to play major college football made him a fan favorite, was no longer part of the program. The school's announcement came not long after Nacita posted on Twitter he had been ruled ineligible.

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Judge: Sandusky suit in Philly no burden

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) A judge presiding over a civil lawsuit against Penn State and ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky by one of the accusers who testified in Sandusky's criminal child sex abuse trial says keeping the case in Philadelphia doesn't present a burden to potential witnesses or to the university.

Penn State is based in State College, about 200 miles northwest of Philadelphia, and has appealed Judge Angelo Foglietta's decision to keep the lawsuit there.

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Oklahoma State adds 5 to coaching staff

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State announced the addition of five new members to the football coaching staff Thursday.

Marcus Arroyo, Greg Adkins and Jason McEndoo joined the Cowboys as assistant coaches. Their specific roles have yet to be determined.

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TCU using same approach despite CFP snub

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU coach Gary Patterson never really dwelled on the Big 12 co-champion Horned Frogs getting left out of the first four-team College Football Playoff.

Patterson wasn't exactly surprised by the snub, and quickly focused his team on the Peach Bowl.

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Carroll to get honorary degree from USC

LOS ANGELES (AP) Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is going back to Southern California to pick up an honorary degree.

The university said Wednesday that Carroll will be among six recipients of honorary degrees at the May 15 graduation ceremony in Los Angeles. Mellody Hobson, a money management expert and the wife of filmmaker George Lucas, will deliver the commencement address.

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49ers to bid to host CFP title game

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers will bid to host the college football playoff championship game at Levi's Stadium.

A person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the team will seek to host either the 2018, `19 or `20 title game when they come up for bid later this year. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there has been no announcement about the plans.

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Utah State to play at USC in 2016

LOGAN, Utah (AP) Utah State said Wednesday it will play a football game at Southern California on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

Utah State is 0-5 against Southern California. The teams last met in 2013, with Southern California winning 17-14 in Los Angeles.

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Arkansas hires Singleton as RBs coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says the school has hired former Oklahoma State assistant Jemal Singleton as its new running backs coach and special teams coordinator.

Singleton, who spent the last four seasons with the Cowboys, replaces Joel Thomas, who left for the New Orleans Saints earlier this month.

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