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Playoff, bowls filled with intrigue

I could go on for hours about the four-team College Football Playoff and how the Big 12 Conference was snubbed. The Las Vegas bookmakers agree. Baylor and Texas Christian are out, Ohio State is in, and we’ll see how it all plays out.

UNLV football coaching history

Tony Sanchez becomes UNLV’s 11th football coach since the program’s inception in 1968. Here’s how the other 10 fared:

Athletic director to coach Wisconsin in bowl game

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez will return to coaching in a bowl game for the second time in three years after Gary Andersen left to take the Oregon State job.

Gorman names Kenny Sanchez interim football coach

Bishop Gorman announced in a news release Thursday that defensive coordinator Kenny Sanchez would act as the school’s interim head football coach until a permanent replacement is named.

Panthers’ Newton happy to be alive after car crash

Cam Newton is not worried about when he’ll return to the football field — he says he’s just happy to be alive. Newton returned to the team’s facility two days after a two-car accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.

Disputed high school football playoff game won’t be replayed, judge rules

A high school football playoff game taken into court after a disputed penalty erased a late-game touchdown will not be replayed, an Oklahoma district judge ruled on Thursday, saying athletic contests should not be decided by “robed referees.”

Wanted: Players for Las Vegas Outlaws

The Las Vegas Outlaws arena football team is holding an open tryout at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.

UNLV’s bold coaching experiment could blow up

By now you probably are familiar with Notre Dame having hired a wildly successful high school coach named Gerry Faust to wake up the echoes. But there’s an even bolder experiment that better correlates to UNLV that was conducted in North Texas.

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