James Madison’s winter teams have picked up where the fall programs left off in their transition to the Sun Belt Conference — by winning.
Women's basketball (17-3, 7-1), picked to finish sixth in the preseason by league coaches, has won 14 of its last 15 and has already won three more games than last season, their last in the Colonial Athletic Association.
PHOENIX (AP) — Braelon Allen ran for 116 yards and a touchdown and Wisconsin withstood Oklahoma State’s second-half push in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl for a 24-17 victory Tuesday night.
The Badgers (7-6) dominated the first half with stifling defense, building a 17-point lead as new coach Luke Fickell stalked the sideline and interim coach Jim Leonhard called the shots.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala (AP) — Holton Ahlers threw a Birmingham Bowl-record five touchdown passes and accounted for a game-record six TDs to help East Carolina beat Coastal Carolina 53-29 in the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl at Protective Stadium.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Coastal Carolina (9-3, Sun Belt) vs East Carolina (7-5, American Athletic Conference), Dec. 27, 6:45 p.m. EST (ESPN)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: East Carolina by 7 1/2.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Three-time Sun Belt Conference player of the year Grayson McCall said he's entering the NCAA transfer portal to “explore other opportunities.”
McCall, the Chanticleers' three-year starter at quarterback, said in his social media post Monday he'll play in the the Birmingham Bowl against East Carolina on Dec.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has hired Robert Anae as offensive coordinator after the departure of Tim Beck to become head coach at Coastal Carolina.
The school announced the arrival of Anae on Monday along with the hiring of Garett Tujague as offensive line coach.
Liberty has hired Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell, a former college quarterback known for his innovative approach to offense, to replace Hugh Freeze as the Flames’ coach.
The school in Lynchburg, Virginia, introduced Chadwell at a news conference Sunday.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Coastal Carolina (9-3, Sun Belt) vs East Carolina (7-5, AAC), Dec. 27, 6:45 p.m. ET
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Coastal Carolina has hired North Carolina State offensive coordinator Tim Beck to replace Jamey Chadwell, who left to coach Liberty.
TROY, Ala. (AP) — Gunnar Watson and the streaking Troy Trojans came out with a flurry of big plays and a defense that was barely budging.
Coastal Carolina (9-2, 6-2 Sun Belt) at Troy (10-2, 7-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Coastal Carolina by 8 1/2.
Jon Sumrall’s first season as Troy coach hardly got off to an auspicious beginning.
There is one game this championship weekend that truly feels like winner takes all.
No. 18 Tulane hosst No. 22 UCF in the American Athletic Conference title game Saturday. The winner is all but guaranteed a spot in a New Year's Six bowl; that would be the Cotton this year.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — J.J. McCarthy threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, Donovan Edwards busted the game open with two long fourth-quarter TD runs and No. 3 Michigan beat No. 2 Ohio State 45-23 on Saturday, taking down the Buckeyes with stunning ease for the second straight season.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Kimani Vidal ran for 208 yards and four touchdowns and Troy beat Arkansas State 48-19 on Saturday to advance to the Sun Belt Conference championship game.
Troy's ninth straight win gave them a tie for the West Division title with South Alabama but with the Trojans' victory over the Jaguars in October, Troy will host Coastal Carolina.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — James Madison knew when it made the jump to the Bowl Subdivision this season that conference championships would not be available right away because of NCAA transition rules.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Devin Carter and two teammates took a North Carolina State flag and planted it at rival North Carolina's midfield logo amid a wild celebration.
The Wolfpack spiked weeks of frustration with a signature road win to end the regular season.
No. 23 Coastal Carolina (9-1, 6-1 Sun Belt) at James Madison (7-3, 5-2), Saturday, Noon EST (ESPNU)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: James Madison by 13 1/2.
Coastal Carolina will travel to Harrisonburg, Virginia, hoping to make its stay in the Top 25 last longer than that of its opponent, formerly ranked James Madison.
Conference title and playoff hopes are just part of what's on the line during college football's rivalry weekend.
There's the Golden Egg in Mississippi. The Territorial Cup in Arizona. The Old Oaken Bucket in Indiana.
The University of Virginia has canceled its game against rival Virginia Tech scheduled for Saturday following the slaying of three football players on campus just over a week ago.
The university made the announcement Monday night, two days after a nearly two-hour memorial service to remember Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D'Sean Perry.
Moving toward the latest monumental matchup between Michigan and Ohio State, the Big Ten rivals share another Associated Press college football poll milestone.
Michigan became the second school, joining Ohio State, to appear in at least 900 rankings since the media poll started in 1936.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A witness who saw a University of Virginia student open fire onboard a bus returning from a field trip told police the gunman targeted specific victims — many of them football players — shooting one as he slept, a prosecutor said in court Wednesday.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — What looked like a week of opportunity for No. 23 Coastal Carolina quickly became one of grief and unconditional support for the Virginia football team the Chants were supposed to play on Saturday.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia has canceled Saturday's home football game against No. 23 Coastal Carolina in the wake of a weekend shooting on campus that left three players dead and another wounded.
Oregon beat UCLA, which beat Washington, which beat Oregon.
No. 1 Georgia led an unchanged top five in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, while the rest of the Top 25 was shuffled after eight ranked teams lost — including two big upsets in the Pac-12.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — No. 15 North Carolina didn't squander its first chance to clinch a trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Noah Burnette kicked a 33-yard field goal with 2:12 left and UNC's defense came up with key fourth-quarter stops to beat Wake Forest 36-34 on Saturday night, a win that claimed the league's Coastal Division title.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — C.J. Beasley ran 56 yards to set up the final score of the game and Coastal Carolina rallied for a 26-23 victory over Southern Mississippi on Saturday night in the Chanticleers' first game without starting quarterback Grayson McCall.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall will miss three to six weeks with a foot injury sustained a week ago in a win over Appalachian State.
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Sophomore La'Damian Webb rushed for a school-record 247 yards and four touchdowns to rally South Alabama to a 38-31 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday night.
Webb carried 35 times to post his record total for South Alabama (7-2, 4-1 Sun Belt Conference), surpassing the previous mark of 203 set by Tra Minter in 2018 against Coastal Carolina.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Grayson McCall threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns and Coastal Carolina beat Appalachian State 35-28 on Thursday night for first place in the Sun Belt Conference.
McCall's 8-yard TD pass to Jacob Jenkins made it 28-14 early in the fourth quarter, and on App State's next play Tavyn Jackson intercepted a pass and returned it 54 yards to the 1.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Grayson McCall had a touchdown run and a scoring pass as Coastal Carolina did most of its damage in the first quarter in a 24-13 victory over Marshall on Saturday night.
McCall opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run for Coastal Carolina (7-1, 4-1 Sun Belt Conference).
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Blake Watson ran for a school-record 256 yards and three touchdowns as Old Dominion's rushing game emerged in handing Coastal Carolina its first loss, 49-21, on Saturday.
The Monarchs (3-3, 2-0 Sun Belt Conference) had averaged 71 yards rushing but finished with 324 against the Chanticleers.
No. 25 James Madison (5-0, 3-0 Sun Belt) at Georgia Southern (3-3, 0-2), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN+)
Line: James Madison by 12 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
MONROE, La. (AP) — Grayson McCall and Jared Brown hooked up for a go-ahead 56-yard touchdown and Coastal Carolina remained unbeaten with a 28-21 victory over UL Monroe on Saturday night.
CJ Beasley had two short touchdown runs to stake Coastal Carolina (6-0, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference) to a 14-7 lead after one quarter.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — CJ Beasley ran 24 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute, leaping over a defender on the way to the end zone, and Coastal Carolina defeated Georgia Southern 34-30 on Saturday night in a game that saw three lead changes in the final six minutes.
ATLANTA (AP) — Grayson McCall threw two long scoring strikes to freshman Jared Brown and ran for a score — all in the first quarter — and Coastal Carolina breezed to a 41-24 victory over Georgia State on Thursday night.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Grayson McCall threw three touchdowns, Coastal Carolina had a key special teams touchdown, and the Chanticleers rallied past Buffalo 38-26 on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to erase what was earlier a 19-14 deficit.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Grayson McCall threw for three touchdowns, including a 7-yard toss to Jacob Jenkins in the fourth quarter, to rally Coastal Carolina past Gardner-Webb 31-27 on Saturday.
The FCS Runnin' Bulldogs (1-1) trailed 24-10 midway through the third quarter before scoring 17 straight points, including two short touchdown runs by Bailey Fisher, to take the lead with 10 1/2 minutes left in the game.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Grayson McCall threw for three touchdowns and added a rushing score with 3:01 remaining as Coastal Carolina held off Army 38-28 on Saturday in an opener for both teams.
Army used a 53-second drive to pull within 31-28 after Cade Ballard found Braheam Murphy wide open for a 73-yard score.
Jeff Monken enters his ninth season at the helm at Army poised to notch another accomplishment in his run of success at West Point.
The Black Knights went 9-4 last season, finishing with a bowl victory over Missouri of the Southeastern Conference.
The Sun Belt Conference's success the past few seasons to catch college football's attention and league officials believe additional steps this offseason will keep that momentum going.
There are four new members, including Marshall, increasing the league to 14 teams.
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall has signed an NIL deal with Darlington Raceway.
Officials at the track “Too Tough To Tame” announced the deal Wednesday, saying it's the first NASCAR facility to partner with a college athlete since students were allowed to profit off their name, image and likeness.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa hired Lorenda Holston as assistant athletic director for diversity, equity and inclusion and Anthony Embry for the newly created position of athletics academic and diversity coordinator, the university announced Friday.
A look at Southeastern Conference players who appear poised to have breakout seasons:
Florida: Running back Montrell Johnson followed new Florida coach Billy Napier from Louisiana-Lafayette and was a bright spot during spring practice.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has hired Tony Washington as its wide receivers coach.
Coach Neal Brown announced Washington's hiring Saturday.
Washington served as wide receivers coach at Coastal Carolina the past two seasons, when the Chanticleers posted a 22-3 record.
BEIJING (AP) — Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s right to compete in the women’s event at the Beijing Olympics will be decided at an urgent hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall is considered a mid-round NFL draft prospect but the quarterback who passed on transferring to a Power Five school won't throw a football for months as he rehabs an upper body injury.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Coastal Carolina's Shermari Jones had a 5-yard touchdown run and Southeastern Louisiana's Cole Kelley connected with Indiana's Peyton Hendershot for the 2-point conversion as the National squad overcame a 14-point, second-half deficit to beat the American 25-24 on Saturday in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.