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Clemson takes title….CFP in no rush to expand playoffs….Packers tab LaFleur

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Clemson is the College Football Playoff national champions for the second time in three years following a 44-16 rout of Alabama. Trevor Lawrence threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns, while Travis Etienne accounted for three TDs to help the Tigers deal the Crimson Tide their worst loss in 12 seasons under head coach Nick Saban. Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa had one of his two interceptions returned for a touchdown and was 22 of 34 for 295 yards and a pair of first-quarter TDs.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is giving up his remaining college eligibility to enter the upcoming NFL draft. The third-year sophomore said on Twitter he would forgo his final year of eligibility “after many thoughts and prayers with family and close friends.” Haskins smashed most Ohio State and Big Ten single-season passing records in 2018, throwing for a nation-leading 50 touchdowns and finishing third in Heisman Trophy voting.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The College Football Playoff is not expanding anytime soon despite calls from at least one league commissioner to increase the number of participants. Conference commissioners and university presidents who constitute the playoff brain trust met Monday at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose and quelled the speculation. Mississippi State President and CFP board of managers chairman Mark Keenum says it’s much too soon to know if there’s even the possibility of expanding the number of teams.

UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the decision says Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur has accepted Green Bay’s offer to become the next head coach of the Packers. LaFleur would replace Mike McCarthy, who was fired during the a 6-9-1 season following a stunning home loss to Arizona. LaFleur was offensive coordinator with the Rams in 2017, leading a group that paced the NFL in scoring was 10th in total offense.

UNDATED (AP) – Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel Richardson has reached an agreement with New York prosecutors to plead guilty to one count of federal funds bribery at a hearing later this month. Richardson’s attorney said the plea agreement for the Jan. 22 hearing contains a stipulated sentencing guidelines range of 18 to 24 months, though the sentence is up to the judge and doesn’t guarantee testimony against others. Richardson was among 10 people arrested as part of a federal probe into college basketball recruiting practices in September 2017, including assistant coaches at four prominent schools.

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