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College football notes: Stanford AD says plus-one game in football 'inevitable'

Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby says the plus-one model in college football is "inevitable."

A panel of ADs at the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum on Wednesday voiced opposition for a large playoff in football's top tier but agreed that a four-team format seemed likely down the road.

Washington's Scott Woodward says he supports the plus-one model and believes it will "eventually" happen.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said the plus-one model is "entirely possible."

SEC's top players honored

Alabama tailback Trent Richardson is the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year while LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne earned defensive honors.

League coaches also named Arkansas' Joe Adams as the top special teams player. LSU's Les Miles was named coach of the year by his peers after leading the top-ranked Tigers into the national championship game against the Crimson Tide.

The SEC released the results on Wednesday.

Alabama left tackle Barrett Jones is scholar-athlete of the year and winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is the top freshman.

Richardson is a Heisman Trophy finalist who has rushed for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns. Claiborne has six interceptions.

Around the nation

North Carolina: Southern Mississippi Coach Larry Fedora has accepted an offer to become North Carolina's next football coach, two people familiar with the situation said Wednesday. They said the framework of a deal is in place, though it isn't final yet. Fedora has guided the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles (11-2) to a school record for wins, with the last coming over the weekend against unbeaten Houston in the Conference USA championship game.

Illinois: Junior Whitney Mercilus has won the Hendricks Award given to the nation's best defensive end. Mercilus leads the nation in sacks, sacks per game and forced fumbles. He's also ranked sixth nationally in tackles for loss per game.

Arizona State: Negotiations between Arizona State and SMU football coach June Jones broke down at the last second, leaving Jones' agent perplexed. Agent Leigh Steinberg said the deal was pulled with no real explanation. He called it "... one of the most bizarre endings to a set of productive discussions to bring a client to a new situation."

North Alabama: Coach Terry Bowden says he has agreed to a one-year contract extension with the NCAA Division II school. Bowden has led the Lions to a 29-9 record in his three seasons.

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