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College football notebook: Cincinnati names Tuberville coach

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, 7:44 p.m.

Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville has agreed to become Cincinnati's next football coach.

The agreement came one day after Butch Jones left to become Tennessee's next football coach, ending a week of uncertainty for the Bearcats (9-3). Cincinnati has won a share of four of the last five Big East titles and will play in the Belk Bowl.

Tuberville resigned as Texas Tech's coach on Saturday afternoon and was expected to be introduced at Cincinnati later in the day after a basketball game.

Tuberville takes over a program that has been a stepping stone job for the last three head coaches. Mark Dantonio, Brian Kelly and Jones all left after three years for bigger programs — Michigan State, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

Coach, LB get honors

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien was named the AT&T ESPN National Coach of the Year, and Nittany Lions linebacker Michael Mauti was selected to the AT&T ESPN All-American team.

O'Brien led a team engulfed in scandal to an 8-4 record, 6-2 in the Big Ten. Mauti has 96 tackles, 49 solo stops, and three interceptions this season.

USF hires Taggart

Willie Taggart has been hired as South Florida's new football coach after establishing himself as one of the nation's top young prospects by turning a losing program around at Western Kentucky.

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