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Record-setting QB chooses UF

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 06:38 PM
TALLAHASSEE -

Junior QB Will Grier, who threw for a national record 837 yards and had 10 TD passes in a 104-80 North Carolina state playoff win last month, will be a Florida Gator.

Chad Grier, Will's father and Davidson Day football coach, said Wednesday his son "feels so strong about it that he is ready to commit now so he can focus on his schoolwork, improving his game and helping his team prepare for a third consecutive state championship."

A 2012 AP All-State selection, Grier threw for 3,785 yards and 49 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He also carried 97 times for 925 yards and 11 TDs.

2013 ADDITIONS: Florida added a trio of junior college players to its 2013 recruiting class, the first day for JuCo commitments to sign binding letters-of-intent.

They included Darius Cummings, a defensive lineman from Titusville Astronaut who went to East Mississippi Community College.

Other signees were OL Trent Brown, a 6-8, 363-pound offensive lineman from Georgia Military College; and Tyler Moore of Countryside High by way of Nebraska and St. Petersburg College.

BOWL BOUND: Senior RB Mike Gillislee, the first UF back since 2004 to rush for more than 1,000 yards, accepted an invitation to play in the Jan. 26 Senior Bowl.

The Associated Press, David Jones

FSU, Oklahoma St. to kick off 2014

Florida State will open the 2014 college football season with a neutral site game against Oklahoma State.

FSU, OSU, the Dallas Cowboys and ESPN announced that the Seminoles and Cowboys will play at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in a game to be televised by ESPN.

The game will be the fifth time the two schools have met, with Florida State winning three of the previous four contests.

Around the nation

TOP COACH: For leading the Fighting Irish to the BCS championship game for the first time, Brian Kelly was voted Associated Press college football coach of the year.

Kelly received 25 votes from the AP college football poll panel. Penn State's Bill O'Brien was second with 14 votes. Stanford's David Shaw (four), Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin (three), Kansas State's Bill Snyder (two) and Alabama's Nick Saban (one) also received votes.

Kelly is the first Notre Dame coach to win the AP award, which started in 1998.

STANFORD: Coach David Shaw agreed to a "long-term contract extension" that will keep him with his alma mater beyond the two years left on his remaining deal. Terms of the contract, including the years, were not announced by the school.

Shaw has won back-to-back Pac-12 Coach of the Year awards since taking over for Jim Harbaugh, who left for the San Francisco 49ers after starting Stanford's resurgence.

WESTERN ILLINOIS: The school announced it hired longtime Minnesota-Duluth coach Bob Nielson.

Nielson will replace Mark Hendrickson, who was fired after a 3-8 season. Nielson has coached 10 seasons at Minnesota-Duluth and also served as the school's athletic director. He is 170-59-1 in 20 seasons as a head coach.

WORTH THE MOST: Texas has the most valuable college football program in the nation, according to Forbes magazine.

In its college football evaluations Wednesday, the magazine says the Longhorns are worth $133 million, up from $129 million last year.

Michigan ($120 million) was No. 2, followed by Notre Dame ($103 million). The rest of the top 10 consisted of SEC schools. Florida ($93 million) was seventh.

Forbes valued Kansas State as the best team for the money, while rival Kansas was the worst.

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