CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina quarterback Nathan Elliott is leaving graduate school to become a graduate assistant at Arkansas State.
Brown completes coaching staff for 2nd stint with Tar Heels
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has hired Scott Boone and Stacy Searels as new coach Mack Brown completed his coaching staff.
The school announced hirings Thursday. Boone will be the special teams coordinator and coach outside linebackers, while Searels will coach the offensive line. Brown is also retaining running backs coach Robert Gillespie from former coach Larry Fedora's staff.
The Latest: NCarolina, Brown slip in-state QB from Seminoles
The Latest on the first day of the early college football signing period (all times Eastern):
New North Carolina coach Mack Brown landed a big pickup by flipping in-state quarterback Sam Howell from Florida State.
Howell committed to the Seminoles in the spring, but announced he will instead play for the Tar Heels. Howell is a four-star prospect ranked by 247sports as the nation's No. 3 pro-style quarterback and No. 5 quarterback overall.
UNC hires Longo, Galloway, Jones for Mack Brown’s staff
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has hired Phil Longo, Lonnie Galloway and Brandon Jones for the staff of new coach Mack Brown.
The school announced the hirings Tuesday.
Longo will serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after two seasons at Ole Miss, where he was coordinator and helped the Rebels rank in the top 20 in total offense each year.
UNC hires Army’s Bateman as co-defensive coordinator
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has hired Army's Jay Bateman to serve as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.
The school announced the move Sunday.
Bateman spent the past five seasons at Army, with this year's team ranking ninth in total defense by allowing 293.5 yards per game. Bateman joins the staff of new coach Mack Brown, who previously named Tommy Thigpen as the other co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
UNC WR Ratliff-Williams tweets he’s leaving for pro career
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams says he's skipping his final season to pursue an NFL career.
The junior tweeted his decision Tuesday, saying he is declaring for next spring's draft after meeting with his family.
Ratliff-Williams was the Tar Heels' top big-play threat with his versatility. He had 42 catches for a team-best 689 yards and two touchdowns this season.
UNC hires Bly, Brewster, Cross; retains Thigpen on staff
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — New North Carolina coach Mack Brown is adding former Tar Heels and NFL cornerback Dre' Bly, Tim Brewster and Tim Cross to his staff.
The school announced the hirings Friday, along with the decision to retain Tommy Thigpen from former coach Larry Fedora's staff.
Bly was an All-American under Brown in the 1990s before an 11-year NFL career. He'll coach cornerbacks.
AP Top 25 Podcast: Coaching moves and playoff positioning
From Mack Brown to Neal Brown, college football's silly season of coaching moves is cranking up.
Mack Brown eager to ‘fix things’ in taking over Tar Heels
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Mack Brown knows there are many problems to solve as he returns to North Carolina, from stopping the Tar Heels' deepening downturn on the field to improving shaky recruiting and hiring a coaching staff.
"It gives us an opportunity to fix things," Brown said during a Tuesday news conference. "And we love to fix things."
The Latest: Brown ‘excited’ by challenge ahead with UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on North Carolina's hiring of Mack Brown for a second stint as Tar Heels football coach (all times local):
New North Carolina coach Mack Brown says returning for a second stint with the Tar Heels is the right fit for him.
The school officially announced the move Tuesday morning, saying they had signed him to a five-year deal that pays him $3.5 million annually.
AP sources: UNC has agreement to bring back Brown as coach
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mack Brown turned around North Carolina's football program once before, and the Tar Heels believe he could do it again.
‘A long 2 years,’ and Texas back contending for Big 12 title
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The last time Texas played in the Big 12 championship, the Longhorns were wrapping a decade of 10 wins every season and appeared set for a future of winning a whole lot more.
The decade that followed included a whole lot of losing and got two head coaches — Mack Brown and Charlie Strong — shoved out the door.
AP Top 25 Takeaways: Texas tops Big 12; SEC East revival
Texas has been losing the type of game it won on Saturday for nearly a decade.
The Longhorns since 2009 had mastered the excruciatingly painful loss as they tried to find their way back (that word!) to being nationally relevant and a legitimate contender in the Big 12.
No need to even discuss whether Texas is back after a classic Red River Showdown .
Texas hold off Kansas State 19-14 to snap road skid
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Texas coach Tom Herman talked with one of his predecessors, Mack Brown, just as he does every week, and the old Longhorns coach warned him about playing Kansas State in Manhattan.
They're a different team on the road, Brown said. They play with more energy, channeling the will of the crowd, and the team that was trounced by West Virginia last week wouldn't show up Saturday.
"It was very much the way we told our players it would be," Herman said.
As Vikings fill needs on line, guard Nick Easton expected to get second-round tender
As the Vikings quarterback pursuits maintained a methodical pace on the first day of the NFLs free agency negotiating window, the team took care of a few moves with its restricted free agents Monday.
Eagles linebacker Dannell Ellerbe out vs. Vikings
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles starting linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is inactive for Sunday's NFC championship game against Minnesota because of a hamstring injury.
Ellerbe was Philadelphia's third middle linebacker after Jordan Hicks and then backup Joe Walker sustained season-ending injuries. Najee Goode will likely take his spot in the lineup.
Other inactive players for Philadelphia: RB Wendell Smallwood, OT Will Beatty, WR Marcus Johnson, CB Sidney Jones, DE Steven Means and DT Elijah Qualls.
Vikings slot Bradford as No. 2 QB, deactivate Bridgewater
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sam Bradford is suited up for the Minnesota Vikings as the backup to quarterback Case Keenum, with Teddy Bridgewater on the inactive list for the divisional round playoff game against New Orleans.
Bradford played in only 1½ games this season because of a knee injury he eventually had surgery on.
Beamer, Brown head College Football Hall of Fame class
ATLANTA (AP) — Coaches Frank Beamer and Mack Brown were selected Monday for the College Football Hall of Fame, part of a class of 13 that includes former players Ed Reed and Calvin Johnson.
Brown won 244 games in a 30-year head coaching career at four schools that featured 16 seasons and a national championship at Texas.
Lions DE Ansah active, Vikings OT Remmers inactive
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is active after missing two games with a back injury.
Ansah had been listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Minnesota.
Vikings right tackle Mike Remmers is inactive. He had been questionable because of a concussion. Rashod Hill is starting at right tackle.
Ex-track coach’s lawyers to question ex-top Texas officials
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former University of Texas president, former athletic director and former football coach Mack Brown all are scheduled to be questioned under oath next week in a sex and race discrimination lawsuit filed by former women's track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced out after the school learned she had a romantic relationship with one of her athletes a decade earlier.
Redskins put linebacker Mason Foster on injured reserve
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins will be without center Spencer Long against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and without linebacker Mason Foster for longer than that.
Long has a knee injury, and Foster is set to have surgery on his right shoulder. On Saturday, the Redskins placed Foster on injured reserve and waived running back Mack Brown, signing offensive linemen Orlando Franklin and Arie Kouandjio.
Pilot Flying J founder Haslam receives Pat Summitt Award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pilot Flying J founder Jim Haslam is the latest recipient of the Pat Summitt Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame hands out the award each year to an individual it deems as someone who best exemplifies the character of Summitt, the former Tennessee women's basketball coach who died in June 2016. Previous recipients included former Texas football coach Mack Brown and former Southeastern Conference commissioner Roy Kramer.
Texas rises to top of Big 12 early with rival Sooners next
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas fans have seen this before: a modest two-game win streak and a hot young quarterback giving the offense some desperately needed juice.
The question heading into the annual rivalry game with No. 12 Oklahoma is, are these Longhorns for real?
"I'm really excited at the direction we're headed," Texas coach Tom Herman said. "The sense on the sideline and the demeanor and our attitude is headed in the right direction. We're not a finished product yet."
Reed, Kelley and Foster out for Redskins vs. Raiders
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Tight end Jordan Reed, running back Rob Kelley and linebacker Mason Foster won't play for the Washington Redskins in their Sunday night game against the Oakland Raiders.
Reed has been limited at practice all week with a chest/rib injury, Kelley with a rib injury and Foster with a shoulder injury. Each player was listed as questionable after injuries suffered last week at the Los Angeles Rams.
Redskins’ Norman, Reed game-time decisions against Raiders
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Cornerback Josh Norman, tight end Jordan Reed and running back Rob Kelley are among five Washington Redskins players who will be game-time decisions Sunday night against the Oakland Raiders.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden says Friday that Norman, Reed, Kelley, linebacker Mason Foster and safety Montae Nicholson are all questionable for the game.
Norman, Foster and Nicholson have shoulder injuries, Reed has chest and rib problems, while Kelley is dealing with injured rib cartilage.
Payback: Celebrations like Sooners’ Mayfield often bring it
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield set off a firestorm when he grabbed a Sooners flag and planted it at midfield after he and his team knocked off then-No. 2 Ohio State 31-16 on the road last weekend.
If recent history is a guide, Mayfield and the Sooners might want to avoid the Buckeyes in the near future.
Teams that disrespect their opponents often don't have to wait long before getting their comeuppance.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Longtime Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and former Texas coach Mack Brown, along with former players Charles Woodson, Ed Reed and Calvin Johnson, are among those making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year.
Banged-up Redskins glad for extra day before facing Panthers
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — After needing to travel halfway across the country following a Sunday night game to play on Thanksgiving, the schedule is finally providing a break for the banged-up Washington Redskins.
Texas has ‘let go’ coach Charlie Strong after 3 seasons
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has "let go" football coach Charlie Strong after a 16-21 record in three seasons. Strong had two years left on a guaranteed contract that pays more than $5 million per year.
Strong was hired from Louisville in 2014 to replace Mack Brown, who won the 2005 season national championship but was later pushed out when the program slid into several years of mediocrity.
Longhorn Leap: Texas in AP Top 25 for 1st time under Strong
Texas is ranked for the first time under coach Charlie Strong, coming in at No. 11 in the latest Associated Press college football rankings after a rousing opening victory against Notre Dame.
The last time the Longhorns were ranked was November 2013, Mack Brown's last as coach.
Brown shines, Redskins beat Buccaneers in preseason finale
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The stands were mostly empty, but the soggy show went on.
Mack Brown ran for 149 yards and a touchdown in heavy rain Wednesday night, leading the Washington Redskins to a 20-13 preseason-closing victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With Tropical Storm Hermine approaching Florida's Gulf Coast, the game at Raymond James Stadium was moved up 24 hours from Thursday, when the NFL's other 30 teams will conclude the exhibition schedule.
Matt Jones to miss remainder of preseason, hopes to be ready for regular season
ASHBURN The pain in Matt Jones' left shoulder subsided greatly since he was injured in last Friday's games against the New York Jets, but the Washington Redskins' running back will miss the remainder of the preseason.
Redskins’ Jones out rest of preseason with shoulder injury
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones will miss the rest of the preseason with a left shoulder injury.
Coach Jay Gruden says Jones will be held out of the Redskins' final two preseason games after separating his shoulder Friday against the New York Jets. Gruden has "high hopes" Jones will be ready by the regular-season opener Sept. 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.