Former Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield lost an appeal Friday to avoid giving up a year of eligibility at Oklahoma.
According to Texas Tech policy, when a player transfers within the conference, he must sit out the next year and lose a year of eligibility.
Mayfield, a former Lake Travis High School standout, maintained that he shouldn’t lose eligibility based on the fact that he walked on and was never under scholarship at Texas Tech.
A five-member panel of Texas Tech’s athletics council heard Mayfield’s case and unanimously rejected it, saying its decision was in line with school and NCAA rules.
Mayfield played in eight games as a freshman this past season at Tech, passing for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns and running for 190 yards and three more scores.
Alabama: Lane Kiffin was hired by the Crimson Tideon Friday as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, returning him to the SEC where he coached Tennessee for one season before bolting for USC.
Kiffin, who was fired by the Trojans in September, replaces Doug Nussmeier, who left Alabama for Michigan. Kiffin, 38, was 28-15 in three-plus seasons with USC. He was fired five games into last season. Kiffin spent the 2009 season at Tennessee, going 7-6.
Penn State: The school’s search for a new football coach might be over.
University officials are summoning reporters who cover the team to Beaver Stadium for what it calls a “major announcement” Saturday afternoon.
Penn State has been talking with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. Franklin is reportedly expected to be the successor to Bill O’Brien, who left to lead the Houston Texans.
ESPN.com reports a source as saying that the deal could be worth up to $4.5 million per year.
Indiana: Defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and defensive line coach Jon Fabris were fired.
The moves were no surprise after Indiana allowed 38.8 points and 527.9 yards per game, both school records. Indiana has yielded at least 400 yards and 31 points per game to opponents for six straight seasons.
Going pro: Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who scored the winning touchdown in the BCS Championship game, and Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas will enter the NFL draft.
Also entering the draft is Jacksonville State defensive back Pierre Warren, who had 76 tackles and five interceptions, and California defensive tackle Viliami Moala, who started 11 games last season and had a career high of 37 tackles.
New coaches: Jeff Brohm was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach at Western Kentucky, replacing Bobby Petrino. ... Eastern Illinois hired Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Kim Dameron as head coach.