Coastal Carolina to take on cold, Griz
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Coastal Carolina football coach Joe Moglia says only one of his players had ever been to Montana, very few have actually seen snow and a lot of them don't own coats.
That's all going to change this weekend when the Chanticleers (11-2) take on eighth-seeded Montana (10-2) in the second round of the FCS playoffs in Missoula.
The temperature for Saturday's noon kickoff could be below zero, making it the coldest game ever played at Washington Grizzly Stadium.
The Chanticleers traveled 2,500 miles from Conway, S.C. - where temperatures have been in the 70s - to Missoula on Thursday. When they practiced Thursday evening the temperature was 2 degrees.
Moglia said he wanted to give his players a better understanding of what to expect from the weather. They also discussed the importance of layering clothes and possibly serving chicken broth at halftime.
Panthers returning 3 starters for Saints game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers coach Ron Rivera says running back DeAngelo Williams and two other starters will return for Sunday night's key divisional showdown with the New Orleans Saints.
Both teams are 9-3.
Rivera says Williams, who missed Sunday's game against Tampa Bay with a quadriceps contusion, is ready to play and will start.
He also says defensive end Charles Johnson and outside linebacker Chase Blackburn will also return to the starting lineup. Johnson, who leads the team with 8½ sacks, has missed the last two games with a knee injury and Blackburn has missed three games with a foot injury.
Rivera says reserve tight end Ben Hartsock will also play.
Rivera said guard Chris Scott remains out with a knee injury and linebacker Jordan Senn is doubtful with a hamstring issue.
Backup Alex Murphy transferring from No. 10 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke says Alex Murphy is transferring out of the program.
Team spokesman Matt Plizga issued a statement Friday saying Murphy is leaving in good academic standing and is expected to transfer to another Division I school.
Murphy says, "It is in my best interest to leave the program at this point." Coach Mike Krzyzewski says it was "an honor" to have him at Duke and supports his decision.
Murphy is a 6-foot-9 forward who played in five games for the 10th-ranked Blue Devils (7-2) and averaged one point and one rebound.
His older brother Erik is a rookie with the Chicago Bulls who played college ball at Florida.
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Florida State reaches Women's College Cup final
CARY, N.C. (AP) - Jamia Fields led Florida State to the NCAA Women's College Cup final, scoring twice in the second half in the Seminoles' 3-2 victory over Virginia Tech on Friday night.
Florida State (23-1-3) will face the winner of the second semifinal between UCLA and Virginia.
Fields scored in the 57th minute and snapped a 2-2 tie in the 83rd minute to help the Seminoles (23-1-3) reached the championship game for the second time in program history.
Kristin Grubka also scored for Florida State.
Ashley Manning and Ashley Meier scored for the Hokies (19-5-3), who lost for the third time this season to the Seminoles.
Fields scored the winning goal on a lofted shot from the right flank from outside the box. Virginia Tech goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts tracked the ball as it approached the net, leaping to try to save it. The ball hit off the left post, deflected off Colpitts and trickled across the goal line.
Coach: Winston showed no stress from investigation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says Jameis Winston showed no signs of stress during the three weeks the star quarterback had been under investigation for rape.
Fisher, Winston and the Seminoles are going through final preparations for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in Charlotte on Friday. On Thursday, prosecutors in Tallahassee announced no charges would be filed in a year-old complaint against Winston made by a former Florida State student.
Winston has become one of college football's biggest stars in his first season on the field. The redshirt freshman has played brilliantly, while also charming Florida State fans with an ever-present smile and natural charisma.
Fisher says of Winston: "He's been the same guy. ... He believed in the process, and he believed in himself, and he's been the same guy."
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