NFL SCOREBOARD

Washington 23 Pittsburgh 17

Buffalo 34 San Francisco 24

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#19 Richmond 77 Wofford 72

TOP 25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#21 Missouri State 100 Lincoln (MO) 36

ELSEWHERE

Indiana State 78 Western Illinois 51

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

Blue River 73 Tri 60

COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Week 15

Thursday, Dec. 10

Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Pitt at Georgia Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Friday, Dec. 11

North Texas at UTEP | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Charlotte at Marshall | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Arizona State at Arizona | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Nevada at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Utah at Colorado | FS1

Saturday, Dec. 12

Alabama at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Michigan at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX

Oklahoma at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | ABC

Illinois at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Georgia at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Rutgers at Maryland | 12 p.m. | BTN or FS1

Minnesota at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | BTN or FS1

Wake Forest at Louisville | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Ohio at Kent State | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Miami (Ohio) at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Houston at Memphis | 12 p.m. ET | ESPN+

Western Michigan at Ball State | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

UAB at Rice | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Akron at Buffalo | 2:30 p.m.

Coastal Carolina at Troy | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Central Michigan at Toledo | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Incarnate Word at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Purdue at Indiana | 3:30 p.m. | BTN

Wisconsin at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | BTN or FS1

Michigan State at Penn State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

North Carolina at Miami | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Texas at Kansas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Navy at Army | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Cincinnati at Tulsa | 4 p.m. | ESPN2

Washington at Oregon | 4 p.m. | FOX

Tennessee at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Duke at Florida State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Appalachian State at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Boise State at Wyoming | 6 p.m. | CBSSN

LSU at Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Oklahoma State at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Louisiana Tech at TCU | 7 p.m.

USC at UCLA | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Auburn at Mississippi State | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Ole Miss at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | CBS

Virginia at Virginia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Utah State at Colorado State | 9:30 p.m. | CBSSN

San Diego State at BYU | 10 p.m. | ESPN2

Fresno State at New Mexico | 10:30 p.m. | FS2

Stanford at Oregon State | 10:30 p.m.

Cal at Washington State | 10:30 p.m.

UNLV at Hawai’i | 11 p.m.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL THIS WEEK

NCC

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Anderson at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 pm

Harrison at University, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Anderson at Tech , 7:30 pm

Harrison at Lafayette Jeff , 7:30 pm

Marion at Richmond , 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Kokomo , 7:30 pm

Central at Logansport , 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Anderson at Noblesville, 7:30 pm

Brownsburg at Tech, 7:30 pm

Guerin Catholic at Central, 7:30 pm

Harrison at North Montgomery, 7:30 pm

Lebanon at Kokomo, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Covington, 7:30 pm

Richmond at New Palestine, 7:30 pm

Rochester at Logansport, 7:30 pm

TEC

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Talawanda (Ohio) at Union County, 7:30 pm

Union City at Mississinawa Valley (Ohio), 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Anderson Prep at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

South Adams at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Eastern Hancock at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Knightstown at Lincoln, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Union County at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Union City, 6 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Centerville at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Tri, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Cowan, 7:30 pm

Union City at Ansonia (Ohio), 6 pm

Wapahani at Knightstown, 7:30 pm, ppd.

MEC

Friday, Dec. 11

Bluffton at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Cowan at Blue River , 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at Northeastern, 7:30 pm

Fishers at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Burris at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Union (Modoc) at Wes-Del , 6 pm

Wapahani at Lapel, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Blue River at Southern Wells, 7:30 pm

Centerville at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Daleville at Tri, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Cowan, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm

Wapahani at Knightstown, 7:30 pm, ppd.

EASTERN INDIANA

Friday, Dec. 11

Jennings County at East Central, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Batesville, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Greensburg at South Decatur, 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Switzerland County, 7:30 pm

Oldenburg at East Central, 7:30 pm

Pendleton Heights at Connersville, 7:30 pm

South Ripley at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Southwestern at Batesville, 7:30 pm

PIONEER

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Bethesda Christian at Christel House, 7 pm

Harrison at University, 7:30 pm

Shortridge at International, 6:30 pm

Park Tudor at Heritage Christian, 7:30 pm

Victory Prep at Greenwood Christian, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Anderson Prep at Lincoln, 7:30 pm

Burris at Frankton, 7 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10

Central Christian at International, 6:30 pm

Covenant Christian at Greenwood Christian, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Legacy Christian at Bethesda Christian, 7:30 pm

Burris at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Oldenburg at Seton Catholic, 7:30 pm

Park Tudor at Beech Grove, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Crosspointe Christian at Bethesda Christian, 7:30 pm

Greenwood Christian at Lutheran, 7:30 pm

Lapel at Burris, 7:30 pm

Liberty Christian at University, 7:30 pm

Seton Catholic at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

NCC

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Anderson at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 pm

Wayne at Marion, 6:30 pm

Jay County at Central, 7:30 pm

Kokomo at Western, 7:30 pm

Logansport at Harrison, 7:30 pm

Phalen Academy at Tech, 7:30 pm

Pioneer at McCutcheon, 7 pm

Richmond at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Twin Lakes at Lafayette Jeff, 1 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10

Clinton Prairie at Lafayette Jeff, 6 pm

Richmond at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Anderson at Tech, 7:30 pm

Harrison at Lafayette Jeff, 6 pm

McCutcheon at Kokomo, 6 pm

Central at Logansport, 6 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Anderson at Harrison, 2:30 pm

Indiana Deaf at Tech, 7 pm

Logansport at LaVille, 7:30 pm

Marion at Huntington North, 7:30 pm

McCutcheon at Westfield, 1:30 pm

TEC

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Lincoln at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm

South Adams at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Southwestern at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Centerville at Union City , 7:30 pm, ppd.

Northeastern at Seton Catholic, 6 pm, ppd.

Union County at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10

Blue River at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Northeastern at South Adams, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Union County at Oldenburg, 7:30 pm

Winchester at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Hagerstown at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Lincoln at Winchester , 7:30 pm

Oldenburg at Hagerstown, 1:30 pm

South Decatur at Union County, 7:30 pm

MEC

Monday, Dec. 7

Tri at Blue River, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Lincoln at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm

Eastern Hancock at North Decatur, 7:30 pm

Lapel at Daleville, 6 pm

Shenandoah at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

Yorktown at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Union at Anderson Prep, 6 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10

Blue River at Knightstown, 7:30 pm

Monroe Central at Yorktown, 7:30 pm

Seton Catholic at Union, 6 pm

Winchester at Wapahani, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

Cowan at Blue River, 6 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Anderson Prep at Cowan, 11 am

Burris at Shenandoah, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Union, 1 pm

EASTERN INDIANA

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Hauser at Batesville, 7:30 pm

New Castle at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Richmond at Franklin County, 7:30 pm

Rushville at Triton Central, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Dec. 10

Franklin County at Rising Sun, 7:30 pm

Greensburg at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm

Jac-Cen-Del at Batesville, 7:30 pm

North Decatur at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm

Richmond at Rushville, 7:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 11

East Central at Columbus North, 7:30 pm

Hagerstown at Connersville, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Dec. 12

Franklin County at South Ripley, noon

Greensburg at Rushville, 1:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Connersville, 7:30 pm

South Dearborn at Hauser, 1:30 pm

INDIANA H.S. BOYS BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION POLL

1Lawrence North3831-08
2Carmel3803-09
3Silver Creek3353-02
4Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian3083-0 
4Indianapolis Attucks3083-0 
6Homestead3013-01
7Indianapolis Cathedral2473-1 
8Warren Central2231-1 
9Westfield2042-0 
10Brownsburg1571-1 
11South Bend Adams1512-0 
12Fishers1382-0 
13Barr-Reeve1341-0 
14Munster1270-0 
15Floyd Central1242-0 
16Pike1202-1 
17Lafayette Jefferson1164-0 
18New Albany1023-0 
19Carroll (Fort Wayne)393-0 
20Hammond350-1 
Other Schools Receiving Votes
Ben Davis, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Brebeuf Jesuit, Castle, Chesterton, Columbus North, Elkhart Central, Franklin Central, Gary West Side, Greenwood, Hamilton Southeastern, Heritage Hills, Jeffersonville, Kouts, Lawrence Central, Leo, Linton-Stockton, Marion, Michigan City, North Central (Farmersburg), Northeastern, Plainfield, Shenandoah, South Bend Riley, South Bend St. Joseph, Western

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL IBCA POLL

RankSchoolTotal PointsRecord1st Place Votes
1Penn3797-13
2Crown Point3776-014
3Carmel3245-11
4North Central (Indianapolis)3206-11
5Bedford North Lawrence2976-1 
6East Central2916-0 
7Fishers2538-1 
8Noblesville2325-1 
9Silver Creek1797-01
10Hamilton Southeastern1775-2 
11Linton-Stockton1346-0 
11Homestead1344-2 
13Mishawaka Marian1317-1 
14Lawrence North1245-4 
15Evansville Memorial1173-0 
16Franklin Community1095-0 
17Salem1087-1 
18Ben Davis983-1 
19Fort Wayne South 684-0 
20Carroll (Fort Wayne)677-2 
  Other Schools Receiving Votes
       Blue River Valley (5-0), Brownsburg (3-3), Carroll-Flora (3-1), Columbus East (6-3), Columbus North (5-2), Forest Park (7-0), Franklin Central (2-1), Frankton (9-0), Garrett (9-0), Greensburg (1-0), Harrison-West Lafayette (3-0), Heritage Hills (4-1), Jac-Cen-Del (4-2), Jennings County (4-2), Knox (7-0), Lafayette Central Catholic (4-0), Loogootee (1-1), Martinsville (6-1), Michigan City (7-0), Mt. Vernon-Fortville (3-2), Northwestern (4-0), Norwell (4-0), Pioneer (3-1), Roncalli (7-0), South Bend Washington (5-3), Tri-Central (3-2), Warsaw (6-2). 

AP MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1Gonzaga 3-01518 (54)1
2Baylor 3-01470 (7)2
3Iowa 3-013853
4Michigan State 5-012968
5Kansas 4-111957
6Illinois 3-111045
7Houston 4-0109010
8Creighton 3-010689
9Villanova 4-1103312
10Duke 2-19546
11West Virginia 4-191811
12Tennessee 0-076713
13Texas 4-175017
13Wisconsin 3-17504
15Virginia Tech 4-068816
16North Carolina 3-154714
17Texas Tech 4-154117
18Virginia 3-147415
19Richmond 2-041919
20Florida State 1-035022
21Rutgers 3-029324
22Ohio State 3-028723
23Arizona State 3-121825
24San Diego State 4-0123NR
25Louisville 4-0122NR

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACHES POLL

1Gonzaga 3-0788 (23)2
2Baylor 3-0774 (8)1
3Iowa 3-0717 (1)6
4Michigan State 5-067912
5Kansas 4-15855
6Villanova 4-15813
7Creighton 3-056111
8Houston 4-052918
9Illinois 3-152510
10West Virginia 4-147115
11Duke 2-14588
12Texas 4-140722
13Wisconsin 3-13617
14North Carolina 3-134516
15Virginia Tech 4-0315NR
16Tennessee 0-031114
17Texas Tech 4-131013
18Virginia 3-12684
19Richmond 2-0198NR
20Ohio State 3-017624
21Florida State 1-016718
22Rutgers 3-016123
23Arizona State 3-112117
24Louisville 4-095NR
25Florida 3-083NR

AP WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

1Stanford 3-0740 (24)2
2Louisville 4-0689 (2)5
3UConn 0-0675 (2)3
4North Carolina State 4-0670 (2)8
5South Carolina 4-16471
6Arizona 3-06057
7Baylor 2-15524
8Oregon 4-052510
9Kentucky 4-050411
10Texas A&M 4-046312
11UCLA 2-14529
12Mississippi State 2-14136
13Arkansas 5-140916
14Maryland 3-134214
15Oregon State 3-030417
15Indiana 2-130413
17Northwestern 0-027115
18Ohio State 3-019119
19Michigan 4-017024
20Syracuse 3-016922
21Missouri State 2-116221
22South Dakota State 3-0104NR
23Texas 3-16925
24DePaul 1-26320
25Gonzaga 1-26218

BIG 10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offensive Player of the Week
Justin Fields, Ohio State
Jr., QB, Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison

  • Accounted for four touchdowns in Ohio State’s 52-12 win at Michigan State (two passing, two rushing)
  • Ran for a career-high 104 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yarder that set up a touchdown
  • Completed 17 of 24 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions
  • Collects his second career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Justin Fields (Nov. 2, 2020)

Defensive Player of the Week
Micah McFadden, Indiana
Jr., LB, Tampa, Fla./Plant

  • Matched a career high with two sacks and added a team-high nine tackles in the Hoosiers’ victory at Wisconsin
  • His second sack came on the Badgers’ final possession when he dropped Graham Mertz for a loss of four yards
  • Anchored a defense that held Wisconsin to six points, marking the lowest single-game output for the Badgers against Indiana since a 10-3 Hoosier win in 1992 
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Defensive Player of the Week: Jamar Johnson (Oct. 26, 2020)

Co-Special Teams Players of the Week
Haydon Whitehead, Indiana
Sr., P, Melbourne, Australia/McKinnon Secondary College

  • Pinned Wisconsin inside the 20-yard line four times, including two punts downed inside the 10
  • Placed punts down at the 1-yard line and the 8-yard line and did not allow any return yardage or returns
  • Totaled five punts for 201 yards, an average of 40.2 yards per punt
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Special Teams Player of the Week: Charles Campbell (Nov. 2, 2020)

Drue Chrisman, Ohio State
Sr., P, Lawrenceburg, Ind./La Salle

  • Averaged 53.4 yards on five punts in Ohio State’s 52-12 win against Michigan State
  • Three of his five punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, with two being downed inside of the 10-yard line
  • Had a career-long 74-yard punt, the eighth longest punt in Ohio State history
  • Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first of the season
  • Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Drue Chrisman (Sept. 9, 2019)

Freshman of the Week
Joey Porter, Penn State
CB, Bakersfield, Calif./North Allegheny

  • Tallied a career-high seven tackles, including five solo stops, in Penn State’s 23-7 win at Rutgers on Saturday
  • Matched a career best with an unassisted tackle for loss as Penn State held Rutgers to a season-low in points and recorded the program’s 900th all-time win
  • Previous career high was five tackles, set in each of the past three games
  • Collects his first career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Keyvone Lee (Nov. 30, 2020)

BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

• Northwestern has secured a berth in the 2020 Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover and at least a share of the Big Ten West Division title on Saturday. The Wildcats earned their second division title and first since 2018, which also marks the team’s last appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game. 

• The 2020 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at Noon ET on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game. The representative from the East Division will be determined this weekend. 

• Ohio State continues to boast one of the best offenses in the country, ranking fourth nationally in scoring offense (46.6) and sixth in total offense (532.4). Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields accounted for 303 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns on Saturday, including a career-high 104 on the ground with two touchdowns. He also completed 17 of 24 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions while directing an offense that finished with 521 total yards on the day. 

• Fields leads the Big Ten in passing efficiency (196.1), passing yards per game (281.4), completion percentage (78.1) and yards per attempt (10.3). In five games, he’s thrown 15 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. Fields is also on pace to set single-season FBS and Big Ten records for completion percentage. 

• The Hoosier defense was paramount on Saturday, leading Indiana to a 14-6 victory at No. 16 Wisconsin. It marked the program’s first win in Madison since 2001 and its first Big Ten road victory against a ranked team since Nov. 10, 2001 (No. 22 Michigan State). Indiana tied a program record on Saturday by earning its sixth Big Ten win of the season, joining the 1967 and 1987 teams. 

• Indiana linebacker Micah McFadden paced the Hoosiers with nine tackles and a pair of sacks, the second time in four weeks he has recorded multiple sacks. His second sack came with the Badgers facing a second-and-6 at the IU 17-yard line on their final drive. McFadden paces the team with 52 stops (10th in the Big Ten), 39 solos (2nd), five sacks (T-2nd) and 8.5 tackles for loss (T-3rd) to go along with two interceptions (T-7th) and three quarterback hurries. 

• Penn State’s Joey Porter tallied a career-high seven tackles, including five solo stops, in Penn State’s 23-7 win at Rutgers on Saturday. The freshman matched a career best with an unassisted tackle for loss as Penn State held Rutgers to a season-low in points and recorded the program’s 900th all-time win. 

• On Oct. 23, the Big Ten Conference announced the launch of the ‘United As One’ social justice campaign. ‘United As One’ is among several conference-wide Equality Coalition initiatives dedicated to constructively and collectively recognizing and eliminating racism and hate in our society by creating resources for inclusion, empowerment and accountability. 

• The Big Ten Conference established the Equality Coalition in 2020 with 227 members including presidents and chancellors, directors of athletics, coaches, student-athletes, conference and school administrators, alumni, families and friends representing all 14 institutions.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

Book Named Manning Award Star of the Week

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Notre Dame graduate student quarterback Ian Book has been named a Manning Star of the Week for his performance in the 45-21 win over Syracuse, in which he became the winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history (30 wins as a starter).

Book completed a perfect record as a starting quarterback in Notre Dame Stadium going 15-0 as a starter at home, tying the most wins at home by a Notre Dame starting passer. 

Book went 24-of-37 for 285 yards and three touchdowns, adding eight rushes for 53 yards and two touchdowns. He accounted for five touchdowns vs. Syracuse, the most by any Power 5 player (any position) on the weekend. No FBS player accounted for more touchdowns on the week than Book’s five, which tied his career-high and was the most by an Irish player since he passed for five touchdowns vs. Navy in 2019. 

With eight rushing touchdowns (including two Saturday) this season, Book ranks third among all Power 5 quarterbacks in season rushing touchdowns. With his rushing touchdowns, Book moved into fourth all-time in Notre Dame quarterback rushing touchdowns with 14. His eight rushing touchdowns in 2020 tie for fifth all-time among Irish QBs in a single season. 

Entering Saturday, Syracuse’s defense allowed an average of 251.8 passing yards per game. Book surpassed that mark in the first half alone with 252 passing yards. With an interception vs. Syracuse,  Book capped the longest streak by an Irish QB in program history with 266 attempts without a pick. It was the longest active streak in the FBS. 

Book was responsible for 19 of Notre Dame’s 27 first downs on the day (15 passing, four rushing), and all but one of the Irish’s 15 first downs in the first half (the only other Notre Dame first down in the first half was by penalty). 

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

Book Selected As O’Brien Award Semifinalist

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Notre Dame graduate student quarterback Ian Book has been named a semifinalist for the 2020 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Book is one of 17 FBS quarterbacks to be tabbed as a semifinalist, and the Notre Dame team captain marks his second time being selected as a semifinalist for the award (also in 2018). 

Book has led the Irish to a perfect 10-0 record in 2020, becoming the all-time winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history. He boasts a 30-3 (.909) record as a starter, and Book is one of just two FBS quarterbacks with a win rate above .900. He has completed 181 passes for 2,382 yards and 15 touchdowns, with just two interceptions, in 2020, and has rushed for 465 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.

Book, a rare two-time team captain, capped the longest streak of passing attempts without an interception in program history at 266 (beginning mid-Game One vs. Duke and ending mid-Game 10 vs. Syracuse), which was the longest-active streak in the FBS. With eight rushing TDs in 2020, he ranks third among all Power 5 quarterbacks in season rushing touchdowns.

The graduate student has garnered a number of national accolades this season. He has been named to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list four times and was recently selected to the Top 10 for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Book also earned ACC Quarterback of the Week following the Pitt game and Manning Award Star of the week following the Boston College game. Additionally, he was also selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. 

Three finalists will be selected based on a national committee and a fan vote, which is now open and will close on Dec. 20. Fans may vote on InstagramTwitter and Facebook on the Davey O’Brien official accounts. Book ranked in the Top Five in fan voting for the semifinalist round on Twitter and Instagram. National selection committee voting will take place from Dec. 16-20. 

The three finalists will be named on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The winner is to be announced live on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, on the 30th annual The Home Depot College Football Awards, which will be held virtually from 7-8:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN. 

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

Book Tabbed As Semifinalist for Maxwell Award

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Notre Dame graduate student quarterback Ian Book has been named a semifinalist for the 84th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year. Book is one of 18 semifinalists for the award, and one of 11 quarterbacks on the list. 

Book has led the Irish to a perfect 10-0 record in 2020, becoming the all-time winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history. He boasts a 30-3 (.909) record as a starter, and Book is one of just two FBS quarterbacks with a win rate above .900. He has completed 181 passes for 2,382 yards and 15 touchdowns, with just two interceptions, in 2020, and has rushed for 465 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.

Book, a rare two-time team captain, capped the longest streak of passing attempts without an interception in program history at 266 (beginning mid-Game One vs. Duke and ending mid-Game 10 vs. Syracuse), which was the longest-active streak in the FBS. With eight rushing TDs in 2020, he ranks third among all Power 5 quarterbacks in season rushing touchdowns.

The graduate student has garnered a number of national accolades this season. He has been named to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list four times and was tabbed as an O’Brien Semifinalist, and was recently selected to the Top 10 for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Book also earned ACC Quarterback of the Week following the Pitt game and Manning Award Star of the week twice following the Boston College and Syracuse games. Additionally, he was also selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. 

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

Hamilton, Owusu-Koramoah Named Bednarik Award Semifinalists

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Notre Dame senior linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and sophomore defensive back Kyle Hamilton have been selected as semifinalists for the 26th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.

Owusu-Koramoah and Hamilton are two of 18 national semifinalists. Notre Dame is one of just two programs with multiple players represented in the semifinalist group. They are part of the ACC’s top ranked scoring defense, allowing just 17.1 points per game, and the second-ranked total defense in the conference (314.5 yards/game). Notre Dame’s rushing defense, second in the ACC, ranks seventh in the nation (99.7 yards/game). 

The Irish boast the second-ranked third-down defense in the nation, allowing just a .264 conversion rate. 

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, a preseason All-ACC First Team selection, has totaled 49 tackles this season, which leads Notre Dame’s defense, also leading the team with 9.0 tackles-for-loss. He has been responsible for forcing multiple turnovers, including an interception, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and three forced fumbles this season. He has added three pass breakups.

His first-career interception came at Pitt, setting up a Notre Dame touchdown drive. In the win over then-No. 1 Clemson, Owusu-Koramoah posted nine tackles (seven solo), 0.5 sack, 2.0 TFL, one forced fumble and the fumble recovery touchdown, which was the first score of his career. Three plays later, he forced a Clemson fumble, which was also recovered by the Irish. 

Owusu-Koramoah ranks tied for seventh among all FBS players with two fumble recoveries this season. He ranks fifth among all ACC players in forced fumbles (0.3 per game) and his 9.0 TFL tie for 16th-most in the ACC

A Butkus Award semifinalist, he was named Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award Player of the Week, as well as ACC Linebacker of the Week, all for his performance against Clemson. At Pitt, he was named to the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week. He has been tabbed for watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy, in addition to the Butkus Award. 

Kyle Hamilton

Sophomore Kyle Hamilton ranks second on the Irish defense with 46 total tackles in just nine games, averaging 5.1 tackles per game. Through 2020, he has collected four pass breakups, two quarterback hits and 3.5 tackles-for-loss. 

A preseason All-America second team selection (USA TODAY), Hamilton has started all nine games in which he has seen action this season. In the win over then-No. 1 Clemson, Hamilton posted eight solo tackles and a TFL. Hamilton’s TFL came in the second quarter vs. Clemson when he brought down Travis Etienne. The Clemson drive later ended in a field goal. He was called into run defense duties vs. Clemson, and according to Pro Football Focus, posted a 79.2 run-defense grade. 

In the win at Georgia Tech, Hamilton led the defense with six tackles, adding 2.0 TFL (-8 yards) and one PBU. One of Hamilton’s tackles from behind the line of scrimmage came on a Georgia Tech fourth-down attempt, as he stopped the Yellowjackets  for a loss of six yards to give the Irish possession. 

Against Louisville Hamilton made his presence felt from the start posting a diving pass breakup on third-and-11 on the Cardinals’ opening drive to force a punt. In the fourth quarter, Hamilton posted tackles on consecutive plays to force a punt, ending what would be Louisville’s final drive of the game and secure the win for Notre Dame. 

Hamilton was outstanding in the season-opener as he accounted for four tackles and a PBU on the opening drive for Duke. On the day, he marked seven tackles, including five solo tackles, before leaving the game with an injury.

Owusu-Koramoah, Hamilton and the Irish return to the field Saturday, Dec. 19 for the ACC Championship game, the first conference championship game in Notre Dame’s one-year history of playing as a conference team. 

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL

Williams, McKinley, Lewis Named ACC Players of the Week

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Three Notre Dame football student-athletes have earned ACC weekly honors for their performances in the 45-21 win vs. Syracuse. 

Redshirt freshman Kyren Williams notched his fifth weekly honor of the season, named co-ACC Running Back of the Week, marking a weekly honor in half of his performances this season. Senior wide receiver Javon McKinley garnered his first-career ACC honor, winning conference Receiver of the Week, and true freshman Clarence Lewis was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week, his first-career conference award. Overall, Irish players have collected 16 ACC weekly honors this season. No ACC team has more weekly awards this season than Notre Dame’s 16. 

All three players contributed to a 45-21 win to close the regular season, extending the longest win streak in the FBS to 16 games, and marking 24-consecutive wins at Notre Dame Stadium, which is the second-longest home win streak among all FBS teams. 

Kyren Williams

Williams compiled 20 rushes for 110 yards, adding three receptions for 33 yards, vs. Syracuse. With his 110 yards, Williams eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. He now totals 1,011 in 2020. The last time an Irish player reached 1,000 rushing yards in a single season was Josh Adams in 2017.

Williams leads all FBS freshmen in rushing touchdowns (12), total touchdowns (13), and total rushing yards (1,011). Among all FBS players, he is eighth in rushing TDs, ninth in total TDs and fifth in rushing yards. In the ACC, Williams ranks third in rushing yards per game (101.1), fourth in scoring – TDs (7.8 points/game) and fourth in all-purpose yards per game (127.9). 

Williams’ 110 rushing yards were the third-most in the ACC on the weekend, and he tied for third among all ACC players in all-purpose yards (143). 

Javon McKinley

At home vs. Syracuse, McKinley hauled in seven receptions for 111 yards and three touchdowns. His three touchdown receptions were the most among all ACC players on the weekend. Just one other Power 5 player totaled three touchdown receptions on the weekend, and his 111 yards were the second-most in the ACC on the weekend. 

McKinley’s three touchdown receptions marked a career-high and his first three touchdowns of the season. In his second-career multi-touchdown game (previously vs. New Mexico), McKinley scored two of his three TDs in the first half, marking the first time he has scored multiple touchdowns in a single half.

He is the second Irish player to post a three receiving TD game this season, joining Ben Skowronek (vs. Pitt). No other Notre Dame player has ever recorded more receiving touchdowns in a single game vs. a Power 5 opponent than McKinley’s and Skowronek’s three.

Clarence Lewis

The true freshman Lewis noted 12 tackles (10 solo), one forced fumble and one pass breakup in his fourth-career start. His 12 tackles led the Irish, and were the most by an Irish player in a single game since Julian Love’s 12 vs. USC in 2018. 

No ACC defensive back had more tackles on the weekend than Lewis’ 12, and of the two DBs who noted 12 tackles, Lewis marked the most solo tackles with 10. He was also the only player in the ACC with 12 or more tackles to note a pass breakup, not to mention a forced fumble.  His pass breakup came on third down to force a Syracuse punt. 

Notre Dame limited Syracuse to just 15 first downs on the day, the second-fewest converted by an ACC offense this weekend. 

BALL STATE FOOTBALL

Plitt up for Manning Award QB of the Week, Claims MAC West Honor Again

Redshirt senior quarterback accounted for five touchdowns in win at CMU 

MUNCIE, Ind. — For the second straight week, Ball State quarterback Drew Plitt was recognized with MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week honors. He was also one of eight quarterbacks from around the country named Manning Award Stars of the Week. 

The other candidates are Ian Book of Notre Dame, Justin Field of Ohio State, Layne Hatcher of Arkansas State, Preston Hutchinson of Eastern Michigan, Mac Jones of Alabama, Brock Purdy of Iowa State and Kyle Trask of Florida. 

Plitt threw for a season-high 366 yards and accounted for five total touchdowns Saturday in a 45-20 victory at Central Michigan that kept Ball State in control of its own destiny for a MAC West Division championship. He shares this week’s MAC West honor with Hutchinson who directed EMU to a win over Western Michigan. 

Plitt threw for a season-best four touchdowns at CMU — two to Jalen McGaughy and one each to Yo’Heinz Tyler and Dylan Koch — while also rushing for a score for the second straight week. With 29 yards on the ground, Plitt accounted for 395 total yards in the win. 

The redshirt senior from Loveland, Ohio, moved into a tie for fifth with his head coach Mike Neu on BSU’s career touchdown passes list with 43. 

Plitt has now earned West Division weekly honors five times in his career. He is a candidate for this year’s Manning Award presented to the nation’s top quarterback. Finalists are scheduled to be announced in mid-December, and the winner will be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship. 

Ball State (4-1, 4-1 MAC) will host Western Michigan (4-1, 4-1 MAC) at noon Saturday with the division title and a spot in the MAC Championship Game on the line. The game is available on ESPN+ and via the Ball State Radio Network at 104.1 WLBC. 

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Player of the Week

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
F – So. – 6-9 – Greenwood, Ind. – Center Grove (Ind.) – Major: Sports Marketing

  • Averaged 20.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in contests against Providence, No. 17 Texas and Stanford during the 2020 Camping World Maui Invitational
  • Was named to the 2020 Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team after leading the Hoosiers to victories over Providence and Stanford
  • Registered a career-high 31 points in the win over Stanford, making 10-of-16 field goals (.625 pct.) and 11-of-14 free throws (.786 pct.). Also added six rebounds and two assists
  • Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career; was a five-time Freshman of the Week honoree in 2019-20
  • Last Indiana Player of the Week: Juwan Morgan (March 11, 2019)

Freshman of the Week

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

C – 7-1 – Alexandria, Va. – DeMatha Catholic (Md.) – Major: Undecided

  • Averaged 13.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and one block per game and shot 73.3 percent from the floor (11-for-15) in wins over Ball State and Central Florida
  • Recorded the first double-double of his career with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in the Wolverines’ 84-65 win against Ball State
  • In the win against Central Florida, Dickinson recorded 14 points and shot 100.0 percent, sinking all six of his field goal attempts and both of his free throw attempts. Dickinson added seven rebounds, one block and one assist
  • Dickinson currently ranks second on the Wolverines in points (56) and is tied for the team lead with 30 rebounds
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Franz Wagner (March 2, 2020)

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Boilermakers Battle Canes in ACC / Big Ten Challenge

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue heads to the Sunshine State for the second time this season as it travels to Miami to face the Hurricanes in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night. Purdue will be making its 20th appearance in the Challenge, owning a Big Ten-best 11-8 record in the event.

Purdue is coming off a tough 68-61 victory over Valparaiso on Friday night after rallying from an 11-point halftime deficit to earn its third win of the season. The Boilermakers now enter the teeth of their schedule, facing Miami, Indiana State, Ohio State in the Big Ten opener, Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic, at Iowa and Maryland all before Christmas Day.

THE KEY TALKING POINTS

1) Purdue has started at least 3-1 in 13 of the 16 seasons that Matt Painter has been in charge of the Boilermakers (2005-06, 2012-13, 2019-20).

2) Purdue owns a league-best 11-8 record in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge. The Boilermakers have won nine of the their last 11 Challenge games.

3) Purdue is one of the top 3-point shooting teams in America, ranking 17th in 3-point percentage (.436) and 29th in 3-pointers per game (10.3).

4) The Boilermakers have dominant rebounders on the both ends of the floor. Trevion Williams ranks fourth nationally in defensive rebounding percentage (.430), while Zach Edey is eighth nationally in offensive rebounding percentage (.202).

5) Emmanuel Dowuona will return to where he played his high school ball this week. Dowuona played at Westwood Christian High School, graduating in 2018. Dowuona is originally from Accra, Ghana.

6) Zach Edey (13.8 PPG) and Brandon Newman (12.0 PPG) rank 4th and 5th among Big Ten freshmen in scoring average. Jaden Ivey is also 5th.

7) Purdue has held its opponents to just 25 offensive rebounds and 18 second-chance points in four games this year.

8) Purdue’s junior class is averaging 39.0 points per game over the last two games, shooting 26-of-58 (.448) from the field in that span.

9) After averaging 19.0 turnovers per game in the first two outings of the season, Purdue has averaged just 10.5 turnovers over the last two games and owns an assist / turnover ratio of 1.90 (40 / 21) in that span.

10) Purdue is 43-1 since the start of the 2017-18 season when shooting at least 48 percent from the field (Virginia; 2019 Elite Eight).

11) Purdue has won 102 straight games when scoring at least 90 points, spanning over 33 years (last loss: Nov. 24, 1987, to Iowa State).

12) Trevion Williams has had at least 11 rebounds in three of four games this year. 

13) Sasha Stefanovic has made at least four 3-pointers nine times during his career. Purdue is 7-2 when he reaches that mark.

14) When Aaron Wheeler scores at least 10 points in his career, Purdue is 8-1. When Stefanovic reaches 10 points, Purdue is 11-4.

OHIO STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

Ohio State Off to South Bend for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Ohio State’s first basketball game on Notre Dame’s campus since 1972

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team, now ranked 20th nationally by the Associated Press and 23rd in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, travels to South Bend, Ind., for a 7:30 p.m. game Tuesday against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. ESPN2 will broadcast the game as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Paul Keels and Ronnie Stokes will have the radio call on the Ohio State Sports Network, 97.1 The Fan. 

Head Coach Chris Holtmann

Chris Holtmann is 69-34 in his fourth season as Ohio State’s coach and he is 183-119 overall in his 10th season as a collegiate head coach with prior stops at Butler and Gardner-Webb. He is assisted by Ryan Pedon, Terry Johnson and Jake Diebler. 

So Far

The Buckeyes are 3-0 on the season with wins over Illinois State, UMass Lowell and Morehead State by an average of 23.3 points per game. Ohio State’s scheduled game Saturday against Alabama A&M was cancelled after A&M announced its Covid-19 testing results. 

Notre Dame is 1-1 with a loss (80-70) at Michigan State and a 78-70 win Sunday over Detroit Mercy.   

History

Ohio State and Notre Dame have met 13 times on the hardwood with the Buckeyes holding an 8-5 advantage in wins. The game represents Ohio State’s first game on Notre Dame’s campus, and Purcell Pavilion, in 48 years (December 1972). Ohio State won, 81-75, in overtime that year behind 22 points from Allan Hornyak and 19 points and 10 rebounds from Bill Andreas. Luke Witte had 14 and nine, respectively. John Shumate led the Irish with 27 points & 15 rebounds. Fred Taylor & Digger Phelps were coaches. 

This Just In – Versus Cleveland State Sunday           

Ohio State and Cleveland State have agreed to play this Sunday, Dec. 13, at Value City Arena. Tip time is 4 p.m. with the Big Ten Network televising.  

No Fans

Ohio State has played before empty arenas so far. This the result of the Department of Athletics determining that family members of the players and coaching staffs of teams competing this fall will not be permitted into any university sporting event. The decision aligns with the Columbus Department of Health’s stay at home advisory, which was issued Nov. 18 and remains in place for 28 days. 

10 Notes … for Starters:

§  Ohio State has won four consecutive “first” road games of the season. The team won at North Carolina last year (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) and also has wins at Cincinnati (2018), at Wisconsin (2017) and at Navy (2016) to open each of those respective road seasons.

§  Ohio State is 7-11 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge since first competing in it in 2002.

§  Chris Holtmann’s teams are 1-2 in the Challenge with a win over North Carolina last year and losses to Clemson (2017) and Syracuse (2018).

§  Ohio State defeated No. 7 North Carolina at the Dean Dome, 74-49, in the B1G/ACC Challenge last year. The 25-point margin of victory was second largest by an opponent in the facility (Duke; 29). 

§  Duane Washington had 18 points, five rebounds and a career-high tying two assists in the win over the Tar Heels in last year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

§  E.J. Liddell came off the bench to add 12 points and five rebounds while C.J. Jackson chipped in 10 and Kyle Young had nine points and five rebounds.

§  Buckeye high games in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge: 35 points by Brent Darby in 2002 vs. Duke and 13 rebounds by Evan Turner (vs. Florida State in 2009) and again vs. Florida State the next year (2010) by Jared Sullinger.

§  First-year Buckeye Justice Sueing (at least on the floor, after sitting out last season) leads four Buckeyes in scoring with 15.0 points per game. Duane Washington (14.7) and E.J. Liddell (14.3) are right behind Sueing with C.J. Walker contributing 11.3 points per game and a team-high 5.0 assists.

§  Kyle Young leads on the boards with 25 total rebounds and an 8.3 per game average. The 25 boards over three consecutive games is the second-most over a three-game run for Young. He had 26 combined last year against Southeast Missouri (nine), Kentucky (six) and West Virginia (11).

§  Ohio State and Notre Dame will resume a storied rivalry on the gridiron in two years – Sept. 3, 2022 – with a game at Ohio Stadium. The return date at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend is Sept. 23, 2023.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Gonzaga and Baylor remained atop the AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll Monday after their hotly anticipated weekend game in Indianapolis was called off about 90 minutes before tipoff because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the Bulldogs’ program.

Gonzaga received 54 of 61 first-place votes from a national media panel while the Bears had the other seven. Iowa remained third after Luka Garza’s monster week powered the Hawkeyes to a pair of easy victories, Michigan State climbed four spots to No. 4 and Kansas jumped two spots to round out the top 5.

Illinois allowed the Big Ten Conference to keep three teams in the top six after then-No. 4 Wisconsin took a tumble with a last-second loss to Marquette. The Illini were followed by Houston, Creighton, Villanova and Duke.

The top 10 could get a shakeup this week. Iowa plays No. 16 North Carolina and Illinois faces the Blue Devils in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night. The Jayhawks play the Bluejays in the Big East-Big 12 Battle.

There were plenty of high-impact matchups during college basketball’s second full week, but none as widely anticipated as Gonzaga-Baylor at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The ‘Zags already had knocked off the Jayhawks and No. 11 West Virginia along with Auburn while the Bears were soaring after a win over Illinois.

But when two members of the Bulldogs’ traveling party, including one player, produced a positive coronavirus test before their game was to tip on Saturday, it forced public health officials and school officials to call it off.

“We’re disappointed to not be able to play one of the most anticipated games of the season, but we are following the advice of public health officials,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few and Baylor counterpart Scott Drew said in a joint statement. “There are much greater issues in this world than not being able to play a basketball game, so we’re going to continue praying for everyone who has been affected by this pandemic.”

While both teams hope to reschedule the game, they are also left looking ahead to more tests. The Bulldogs have canceled their next four games as they continue to deal with the virus, leaving their next game a high-profile matchup with the Hawkeyes on Dec. 17. Baylor will soon open Big 12 play against No. 13 Texas.

Wisconsin was tied with the Longhorns, followed by Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Texas Tech, Virginia, Richmond and Florida State. The final five were Rutgers, Ohio State, Arizona State, San Diego State and Louisville.

MOVING IN AND OUT

The Aztecs and Cardinals, each off to 4-0 starts, moved into the poll in place of Kentucky and Oregon.

BIG BLUE BUMMER

The Wildcats not only fell from No. 20 out of the poll after their third straight loss, this time a blowout at the hands of Georgia Tech, but coach John Calipari’s bunch didn’t receive a single vote. Kentucky (1-3) is off to its worst start since the 2000-01 season, when it went 24-10 under Tubby Smith.

“There’s a lot of stuff we’re working on and losing games makes it harder,” Calipari said. “I mean everybody is knocking us around right now.”

STILL LOOKING IN

Michigan remained the first team outside the Top 25 for the second consecutive week. Saint Louis and Florida, which like the Wolverines are so far unbeaten, were next among other teams receiving votes.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The NCAA is standing by its charges of rules violations by Louisville, including holding the school being responsible for the conduct of sportswear supplier Adidas.

In its written reply sent to Louisville, obtained Monday by The Associated Press through an Open Records Request, college sports’ governing body acknowledged the school’s challenges against the men’s basketball team but stood firm on its findings.

“It is not a violation of NCAA rules for a corporate entity to be a representative of an institution’s athletics interests,” the governing body stated in its Enforcement Written Reply sent to the school on Dec. 1. “However, an institution is responsible for NCAA rules violations committed by one of its representatives.”

The NCAA has submitted its reply and case statement to a hearing panel of the Committee on Infractions, Louisville and involved individuals.

It also reaffirmed allegations that former Cardinals coach Rick Pitino failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and noted that Louisville was already on probation among sanctions for a sex scandal.

The school in September challenged the Notice of Allegations sent in the wake of a federal corruption scandal in college basketball. Louisville sought to reclassify the highest-level violation of an improper recruiting offer and extra benefits and refuted a charge that Pitino failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the program.

Louisville’s response also stated the NCAA allegations ignored wire fraud convictions against several people involved in a scheme to direct recruits to the school, including a former Adidas executive.

Which the NCAA also dismissed.

The NCAA cited its constitution and Bylaw 13.02.15 that “clearly states that institutions are responsible for the acts of `a corporate entity (e.g., apparel or equipment manufacturer)’ when athletics administrators or staffers have “knowledge or should have knowledge” of five outlined behaviors.

The behaviors include assisting in the recruitment of prospects at the request of athletic department staff known to be assisting and providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes, the response stated.

As to Pitino, the response cited his contact with Adidas representative James Gatto in regards to the recruitment of a prospect and that he did not tell Gatto he shouldn’t be involved because it violates NCAA bylaws.

“Had Pitino fulfilled his responsibilities as a head coach when he encountered Gatto’s `strange’ offer,” the response stated, “he would have been promoting an atmosphere for compliance. Pitino did none of the above and was in violation of Bylaw 11.1.1.1. “

The Notice of Allegations followed a two-year NCAA investigation began after a federal corruption probe of college basketball announced in September 2017. Louisville acknowledged its involvement in the federal investigation related to the recruitment of former player Brian Bowen II. Pitino, who’s now coaching Iona, was not named in the federal complaint and has consistently denied authorizing or having knowledge of a payment to a recruit’s family.

Louisville has previously indicated it would accept responsibility for violations it committed but would contest allegations it believed were not supported by facts. The school also noted corrective measures taken in the scandal’s immediate aftermath, such as suspending and then firing Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The UConn men’s basketball team has suspended team activities for a second time this fall following another positive coronavirus test in the program.

The school said the move will force the postponement of Friday’s home game against St. John’s. That was to have been the first Big East game for the Huskies (3-0) since returning to the conference after seven years in the American Athletic Conference.

The school said all team activities will be paused “until contact tracing and additional testing is completed and it is deemed safe by medical professionals to resume.”

The UConn men’s program had resumed team activities on Nov. 19 after a 14-day pause instituted when a player contracted the virus.

The Huskies’ last two scheduled games were canceled last week after Vanderbilt and North Carolina State had positive coronavirus tests in their programs.

UConn has not yet postponed its game on Dec. 13 at Georgetown. The Huskies also have games scheduled in the next two weeks at Providence on Dec. 17 and at home against Creighton on Dec. 20.

The UConn women’s program is set to begin play on Saturday against UMass-Lowell after coming back from its own coronavirus-related shutdown.

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Player AND Freshman of the Week

Caitlin Clark, Iowa

G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Undeclared

• Averaged 26.5 points, 9.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game with a .480 field-goal percentage and a double-double last week, pacing the Hawkeyes to a pair of wins

• Registered 30 points and 13 assists in a Dec. 2 win at Drake, becoming the only NCAA Division I freshman since 2015-16 to have a 30-point, 10-assist game

• Recorded the most points by a Big Ten freshman in a single game since Jan. 31, 2016 (Michigan’s Hallie Thome – 31 vs. Minnesota) and most assists by a conference freshman in one game since Feb. 9, 2017 (Maryland’s Destiny Slocum – 13 vs. Illinois)

• Added 23 points and five assists on Dec. 5 to help Iowa defeat Wisconsin in its Big Ten opener and extend the Hawkeyes’ home winning streak to 38 games (the second-longest active string in the nation)

• Earns the first Big Ten Player of the Week award of her career

• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Kathleen Doyle (Jan. 13, 2020)

• Collects the second Freshman of the Week award of her career

• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Nov. 30, 2020)

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll

Diamond Miller, So., G, MD: Scored a career-high 28 points (10-15 FG, career-high 5-7 3FG) in a Dec. 3 win over Towson, while adding nine rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes

Naz Hillmon, Jr., F, MICH: Averaged 19.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game with two double-doubles last week, helping the No. 24 Wolverines to wins at No. 23 Notre Dame and at home vs. Wright State

Jacy Sheldon, So., G, OSU: Tallied 18.0 ppg with a .765 field-goal percentage (13-17) and .556 three-point percentage (5-9) for No. 19/22 Ohio State in victories over Kent State and Northern Kentucky last week

NFL

The Pittsburgh Steelers spent three months flirting with perfection, insisting all the time they were far from flawless.

They weren’t wrong. Pittsburgh’s bid for an unbeaten season is over. Washington’s bid for an unlikely division title may just be beginning.

Alex Smith threw for 296 yards and a touchdown, Dustin Hopkins kicked a tiebreaking 45-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining, and Washington beat the Steelers 23-17 on Monday night.

Pittsburgh (11-1) missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth and dropped into a tie with defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City for the top spot in the AFC with four games remaining. A day after the New York Giants pulled an upset in Seattle, Washington (5-7) kept pace by rallying from 14 points down to win in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1991.

Washington won the Super Bowl that season. The club’s expectations this year are far more modest in Ron Rivera’s first season as coach.

Not so in Pittsburgh, which got off to the best start in the franchise’s 87-year history even as the offense occasionally worked in fits and spurts. In a game pushed back a day due to a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the NFL to re-schedule Baltimore’s annual visit to Heinz Field three times, the little mistakes Pittsburgh managed to get away with for 11 games became too much to overcome.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns, but was picked off by Jon Bostic — a former Steeler — with 1:59 remaining. Hopkins added another 45-yard field goal to help close it out.

Pittsburgh reached midfield on its final possession but time ran out.

The Steelers appeared to be in firm control after Roethlisberger found James Washington for a 50-yard touchdown in the second quarter that put them up 14-0. Pittsburgh is normally invincible at Heinz Field when up two scores. Not this time.

Smith, under heavy pressure much of the night, finally got something going late in the first half. A Hopkins field goal got the team on the board in the final seconds. A 1-yard touchdown run by Peyton Barber midway through the third quarter pulled Washington within 14-10, and a lob from Smith to a wide-open Logan Thomas for a 15-yard touchdown tied it.

Pittsburgh drove into field goal range but rather than have fill-in Matthew Wright — promoted from the practice squad due to an injury to Chris Boswell — attempt a 45-yard field goal into the open end at Heinz, the Steelers went for it. Roethlisberger’s heave to rookie running back Anthony McFarland Jr. fell incomplete and Smith calmly drove Washington 45 yards in nine plays to set up the winning score.

NFL

The passes zipped through the air one by one, almost always finding their intended target right on the hands and in stride.

By the time Josh Allen was done, the quarterback had finished one of the best games of his young NFL career, and the Buffalo Bills once again looked like one of the league’s elite teams.

Allen threw for 375 yards and tied a career high with four touchdown passes as the Bills stayed in sole possession of first place in the AFC East with a thoroughly impressive 34-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.

“That’s our quarterback. He’s a baller,” Bills safety Jordan Poyer said. “I don’t know what answer you want me to say. It’s no surprise to us what he does every week. I’m happy he’s on our team.”

Buffalo (9-3) moved a step closer to winning its division for the first time since 1995 thanks to a nearly flawless performance from Allen. The 24-year-old completed 32 of 40 passes with no interceptions.

He threw touchdown passes to Cole Beasley, Dawson Knox, Isaiah McKenzie and Gabriel Davis as the Bills built a 17-7 halftime lead and controlled the majority of the second half.

“We were clicking,” Allen said. “It just seemed like our guys were getting open and the ball was coming out of my hand really well.”

The Bills are one game ahead of the Miami Dolphins with four games left for both teams.

San Francisco (5-7) lost in its first game at its adopted home in Arizona. The 49ers will be based in Glendale for at least the next three weeks after Santa Clara County issued strict new coronavirus protocols that forced the team to find a temporary new home.

It was Allen’s fourth game of the season with at least 300 yards passing and three touchdowns, which set a franchise record. Jim Kelly did it three times in 1991 and Drew Bledsoe three times in 2002.

“As long as it correlates to team success, it means we’re doing the right thing, making the right decisions and we’re winning football games,” Allen said. “That’s all that matters to me.”

The Bills had a much more pleasant trip to the desert than three weeks ago, when they lost a 32-30 heartbreaker to the Arizona Cardinals. That was the game when DeAndre Hopkins made a stunning catch over three Buffalo defenders with 2 seconds left for the game-winning score.

San Francisco has had several recent injuries at its slot cornerback position and struggled to cover Beasley, who had a career-high 130 yards receiving on nine catches.

“We knew exactly what they were running. We just came up short,” 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw said. “It was kind of a weird feeling.”

State Farm Stadium — which is home to the division-rival Arizona Cardinals — was dressed up to make the 49ers feel slightly more at home. There were San Francisco banners hanging on the walls along the sidelines and the videoboard showed Niners highlights and flashed messages like “Faithful to the Bay.”

The teams traded goal-line stands in the first quarter.

The Bills opened the game with a 74-yard drive that was stopped at the Niners 1 after Allen’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete. San Francisco responded with a 97-yard drive that ended at the Buffalo 2 when Jeff Wilson Jr. was stuffed for no gain on fourth down.

It was just the second game since 2000 that featured two turnovers on downs to start a game.

But San Francisco got the ball back one play later on a fumble by Allen and the 49ers took advantage. Nick Mullens hit Brandon Aiyuk in the middle of the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown.

It was all Buffalo for the rest of the first half and much of the game. Allen hit Beasley for a 5-yard touchdown and later found tight end Knox for a 4-yard score as the Bills pushed ahead 17-7 by halftime.

Mullens finished 26-of-39 passing for 316 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The 49ers weren’t bad on offense, but couldn’t keep pace with Allen and the Bills.

“We needed to play our best and I think we were very close to doing it,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We just had a few things that didn’t keep us out on the field. When you do that versus an offense and quarterback like that and you don’t get it back for a while, the game gets away from you.”

NFL

Gregg Williams’ curious call cost the New York Jets their first win — and the defensive coordinator his job.

A person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday that the Jets fired Williams, whose stunning play call Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders was highly criticized by fans, media and even his own players.

The still-winless Jets were seconds away from their first victory until Williams inexplicably called for an all-out blitz against Las Vegas. Derek Carr heaved a perfectly placed 46-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III – who was in man-to-man, or Cover Zero, coverage with rookie cornerback Lamar Jackson – with 5 seconds left to lift the Raiders to a 31-28 victory.

It left the Jets players, who only moments earlier were celebrating what appeared to be a win, in shock on the sideline. Team captain Marcus Maye took an uncharacteristic swipe at Williams after the game, saying that the defense should have been in a better call in that situation.

It all ended up costing Williams his job.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the team hadn’t announced the move.

The 62-year-old Williams had been the Jets’ defensive coordinator the past two seasons under Adam Gase. He has had several stops through the NFL during a 30-year career, including with New Orleans, where he was suspended a year by the league for his role in the Saints’ bounty scandal.

It wasn’t immediately clear who would take over calling the defense for the Jets, who are 0-12 and are four losses from joining the 2008 Detroit Lions and 2017 Cleveland Browns – where Williams was the defensive coordinator – as the NFL’s only 0-16 teams.

The no-nonsense Williams has made a career of being an aggressive play caller on defense, but the Jets have struggled this year while ranking 29th in total defense and 30th in scoring defense. Williams had to deal with star safety Jamal Adams being traded to Seattle during the summer, linebacker C.J. Mosley opting out because of COVID-19 concerns, and linebacker Avery Williamson dealt to Pittsburgh in the middle of the season.

There were several injuries to contend with, and other veterans such as cornerback Pierre Desir and Quincy Wilson not playing well. But the Jets’ defense had mostly done its job Sunday, including a fourth-down stop with 1:37 left. But after the offense went three-and-out with a chance to seal it, the defense took the field again – and Williams’ call cost New York.

While it was a suspect decision by Williams, it wasn’t totally out of character. He has been known for taking risks on defense, daring offenses to beat his blitzes in key moments. This time, though, it had dire consequences for a team that was so close to finally getting a victory.

“We just played the call that the coaches called,” Maye said after the game. “We’ve got to execute, but you’ve got to help us out at the same time and be in a better call at that spot.”

Williams is the first coach on Gase’s staff to be fired, but likely won’t be the last. The Jets are expected to also fire Gase after this season, setting up what should be a busy offseason that will include a coaching search and likely having the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft in April.

NFL

The Carolina Panthers have shut down their facility for the next two days after multiple players either tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to someone with the virus during the team’s bye week.

The names of the players being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list will be available later Monday.

Last week, the Panthers placed rookie defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos and practice squad defensive tackle Bruce Hector on the list, which is for players who have either tested positive themselves or have had close contact with someone who has.

The Panthers will conduct virtual meetings and do virus testing and contact tracing while their facility is temporarily closed.

Carolina plays host to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

MLB

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired closer Raisel Iglesias from the Cincinnati Reds for right-hander Noe Ramirez and a player to be named or cash.

The clubs announced the deal Monday.

Iglesias has been the Reds’ closer for the past four seasons, racking up 100 saves in 114 opportunities over that stretch with a career 3.15 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He is one of just five major league relievers with at least 100 saves over the past four seasons along with Edwin Diaz, Kenley Jansen, Brad Hand and Alex Colome.

The 30-year-old Cuban right-hander is coming off a strong performance in the shortened season. He went 4-3 with a 2.74 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP with eight saves and 31 strikeouts against just five walks.

Iglesias had a poor playoff series, capped by allowing a pair of two-run homers in the eighth inning of the Reds’ elimination loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round.

Ramirez, who turns 31 this month, is a Los Angeles native who was among the Angels’ few effective relievers last season, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 21 appearances.

Iglesias will make $9.25 million next season in the final year of his contract. The trade allows the Reds to save money while putting a cornerstone in the Angels’ bullpen, which is being rebuilt by rookie general manager Perry Minasian this offseason.

The Angels had one of the majors’ least effective pitching staffs yet again last season. They have already cut ties with relievers Hansel Robles, Keynan Middleton, Cam Bedrosian, Matt Andriese, Hoby Milner and Justin Anderson since Minasian took over last month.

MLB

Former MVP Dick Allen, one of baseball’s most feared hitters in the late 1960s and a star in both Philadelphia and Chicago, died Monday at his home in Wampum, Pennsylvania, his family announced on Twitter.

He was 78.

A seven-time All-Star, Allen was dominant at the plate during his 15-year career primarily spent with the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox. He spent nine seasons with the Phillies across two separate stints and another three campaigns in Chicago, along with one-year turns with the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics.

He was named NL Rookie of the Year with the Phillies in 1964, turning in what’s still one of the finest freshman seasons in baseball history. Allen’s 8.2 WAR in ’64 remains the NL rookie record, according to FanGraphs. He hit 204 home runs while accruing over half of his career WAR in a Phillies uniform, and Allen owns the third-highest slugging percentage in franchise history.

“Dick will be remembered as not just one of the greatest and most popular players in our franchise’s history, but also as a courageous warrior who had to overcome far too many obstacles to reach the level he did,” the Phillies said in a statement that Todd Zolecki of MLB.com obtained. “Dick’s iconic status will resonate for generations of baseball fans to come as one of the all-time greats to play America’s pastime.”

In 1972, he was named the AL MVP to begin a fantastic run with the White Sox. Allen was an All-Star in each of his three seasons on the South Side, and he twice led the AL in home runs.

While a fan favorite, Allen was nonetheless subject to racism during his career, and he often found himself in battles with the press, which angered him by referring to Allen as “Richie.” As a minor leaguer in the Phillies’ system, he also made history by integrating with his team in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Allen slashed a career .292/.378/.534 with 1,848 hits, 351 home runs, 1,119 RBIs, and 61.3 WAR. His 156 OPS+ is tied with Willie Mays and Frank Thomas for 19th all time. Of the 18 players whose career OPS+ bettered Allen’s production, only six have yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Despite his decorated career, Allen isn’t enshrined in Cooperstown. In 2015, he was a candidate on the Golden Era committee ballot, but Allen finished one vote shy of being elected. He would have been up for election again this week, but the Hall of Fame canceled this year’s Golden Era election due to the pandemic.

The Phillies retired Allen’s No. 15 this past September, making him the franchise’s first non-Hall of Famer to receive that honor. He was previously named to the Phillies Wall of Fame at Citizens Bank Park.

MLB

Japanese star pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano has been posted by the Yomiuri Giants and is available for bidding to major league teams.

The bidding starts at 8 a.m. EST Tuesday and runs through 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 7.

A right-hander who turned 31 on Oct. 11, Sugano was 14-2 with a 1.97 ERA and three shutouts in 20 games last season, striking out 131 and walking 25 in 137 1/3 innings while allowing 97 hits. He is 101-49 with a 2.32 ERA over eight seasons in Japan.

Sugano started for Japan against the United States in the semifinal of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He did not get a decision in the Americans’ 2-1 win, allowing an unearned run and three hits in six innings with six strikeouts and a walk.

Under the posting agreement, the fee would be 20% of the first $25 million of a major league contract, including earned bonuses and options. The percentage drops to 17.5% of the next $25 million and 15% of any amount over $50 million.

MLB

It seems some things will return to normal in Major League Baseball next season.

MLB instructed clubs in a memo last week to operate under the assumption that there won’t be a designated hitter in the National League during the 2021 campaign, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports.

No final decision has been made, and “few will complain if the league and union reach agreement to the contrary,” Rosenthal adds.

Some teams, including the San Francisco Giants, have already approached the offseason as though there won’t be a DH in the NL next season.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said in October that MLB will return to “status quo” in terms of the extra-inning rule, seven-inning doubleheaders, and universal DH, absent an agreement with the MLBPA.

MLB adopted the universal DH rule during a 2020 campaign that was shortened to 60 games due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

MLB

The New York Mets and free-agent ace Trevor Bauer appear to be flirting with each other as the virtual winter meetings get going.

“New York is … Well, he (Bauer) likes where the organization is going,” his agent Rachel Luba said, according to Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News. “It can definitely be a landing spot.”

However, it seems the reigning NL Cy Young winner is going to do his due diligence before deciding where he plays next season and beyond.

“We’re set enough to be in a position where we don’t have any sense of urgency to slow down the process or speed it up,” Luba said. “We’re just letting it play out right now. We don’t want to rush into anything without talking to everyone and seeing what’s out there before making a decision.”

Bauer led the NL in ERA (1.73), WHIP (0.79), complete games (two), and shutouts (two) while recording 100 strikeouts to only 17 walks. Meanwhile, the Mets are reportedly targeting more than one high-profile addition this offseason, a group including Bauer, George Springer, J.T. Realmuto, and trade-target Francisco Lindor.

New York has already re-signed righty Marcus Stroman and added reliever Trevor May this winter. The club’s new owner Steve Cohen, who happens to be the richest in baseball, is also creating a lot of buzz with his ambitions to field a contender.

MLB

The Texas Rangers have reportedly traded right-hander Lance Lynn to the Chicago White Sox, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

A pair of pitching prospects in right-hander Dane Dunning and left-hander Avery Weems are going back to the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Lynn is entering the final year of his contract and is coming off another strong year after signing a three-year, $30-million deal with the Rangers before the 2019 season.

The 33-year-old authored a 3.32 ERA and 4.19 FIP over 84 innings in 2020 while making 13 starts in the abbreviated campaign.

Lynn joins a rotation that ranked fourth among AL teams in ERA last year, with budding ace Lucas Giolito and veteran left-hander Dallas Keuchel leading the way. The final two spots in the 2021 rotation will seemingly go to either Dylan Cease, Reynaldo Lopez, or flame throwing right-hander Michael Kopech, who opted out of the 2020 season while coming off Tommy John surgery.

The Indiana native also reunites with Tony La Russa, who managed the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 when Lynn made his MLB debut.

Dunning, 25, is the No. 5 prospect in the White Sox system, according to MLB Pipeline. The righty threw 34 innings over seven starts last year in his first taste of the majors, posting a 3.97 ERA and 3.99 FIP.

Weems, 23, was a sixth-round pick out of college in the 2019 draft. The southpaw owned a 2.09 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over 60 1/3 innings at the Rookie ball level in 2019 but did not pitch in affiliated leagues this year due to the pandemic.

This move is the first most significant the Rangers have made under new general manager Chris Young, who the organization officially hired last week.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The LA Bowl will not play its inaugural game until 2021 after organizers announced Monday that this year’s game was being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The scheduled Dec. 30 matchup at SoFi Stadium was supposed to pair the Mountain West champion with a team from the Pac-12.

The LA Bowl is the 11th bowl game to be postponed this year. That leaves 33 bowl games currently scheduled plus the College Football Playoff championship game.

The postponement leaves the Mountain West with two bowl ties – the Famous Idaho Potato and Arizona bowls. The Pac-12 is down to a New Year’s Six game along with the Alamo, Independence and Armed Forces bowls.

NBA

All 30 NBA teams will be issued $30 million in financial assistance that will help protect against cash-flow and liquidity issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, John Lombardo of the Sports Business Journal reports.

The $900 million originates from money the NBA raised through issuing notes in the private placement market. It’s the first time the NBA has used this market to support league initiatives, according to Lombardo, who adds the league will pay back the notes with interest in the next three-to-four years.

Nearly 40% of the NBA’s revenue is earned through ticket sales, so the league should expect significant losses given numerous teams have already announced they’ll begin the 2020-21 season without fans in attendance.

The NBA helped mitigate its financial shortcomings from last year’s midseason stoppage by forming a bubble at Orlando’s Walt Disney World resort to close out the campaign. The move reportedly salvaged $1.5 billion in potential losses.