Kansas State Coach Ron Prince will not return for the 2009 season, pushed out after failing to rebuild the Wildcats into a Big 12 contender.
Prince took over for Bill Snyder in 2006, his first head-coaching job after 14 years at six different schools. He never lived up to the standard Snyder set, going 16-18 in 2½ seasons in Manhattan, including 4-5 this year.
Snyder was a consistent winner in 17 years as Kansas State's coach, turning a team that won one game from 1987-89 into one that won at least 10 games seven times and reached bowl games in 12 straight seasons from 1992-2003.
Kansas State was 7-6 and went to a bowl game in Prince's first season but has regressed since, going 5-7 last season and losing four of five Big 12 games this year.
QB coach Leaf put on leave
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was placed on administrative leave from West Texas A&M, where he is quarterbacks coach and men's golf coach for the Division II school.
Athletics Director Michael McBroom said Wednesday that he met with Leaf on Sunday to "go through some options, and we agreed that a leave is the best option." He said he could not comment on what prompted the decision and said he would not speculate on when or whether Leaf would return to the school in Canyon, Texas.
Ball State routs N. Illinois
Ball State's Nate Davis threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as the 16th-ranked Cardinals routed Northern Illinois 45-14 on Wednesday night to remain undefeated and alive in the chase for a BCS bowl game.
MiQuale Lewis topped 100 yards rushing for the ninth straight game for Ball State (9-0, 5-0 Mid-American Conference), which produced eight plays of 25 yards or more in scoring its season high.