AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s Gus Malzahn was honored as The Associated Press national coach of the year for transforming an Auburn team that had just gone through the program’s worst season in decades into Southeastern Conference champions.
The second-ranked Tigers are playing for the national championship against No. 1 Florida State on Jan. 6.
• AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Akron assistant coach Alan Arrington was killed in a car accident in his native Mississippi. He was 44.
Arrington, nicknamed Tank, was an assistant head coach on Terry Bowden’s staff and also worked with the offensive line. He coached at North Alabama and Mississippi earlier in his career.
• FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer was suspended without pay for two weeks for using a gay slur when yelling at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday in the New Mexico Bowl over the weekend.
• BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State University quarterback Joe Southwick said he was unfairly dismissed from the Hawaii Bowl, arguing he was falsely accused of urinating from a hotel balcony.
Southwick, a senior who was sent home Friday by interim head coach Bob Gregory shortly after the team arrived in Hawaii, took a polygraph test after arriving in Boise in his bid to prove his innocence, KTVB reported Sunday.