Villanova's Talley named CAA coach of the year

Andy Talley led Villanova to an 8-3 record.
Andy Talley led Villanova to an 8-3 record. (ED HILLE / Staff)
Posted: November 20, 2012

Villanova's Andy Talley was named the Colonial Athletic Association coach of the year on Monday. Talley received the honor for the third time in his career and the second time in the last four years after leading the Wildcats to an 8-3 regular season, a share of the CAA title, and an automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Maxwell finalists. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o are the finalists announced Monday for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the nation's top college football player.

Te'o is also a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player in the country, along with South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.

The awards will be presented Dec. 6 in Orlando.

Goodbye, Coach. After 60 years at D-III St. John's (Minn.), four national titles and more wins (489) than any coach in NCAA history, 86-year-old John Gagliardi said Monday he is retiring.

Kill vs. Barker. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill defended a forceful rebuke of leading receiver A.J. Barker that led to the player's abrupt departure from the program, saying he had to discipline the player for a confrontation with the team's training staff.

Barker, a walk-on who leads the team with 30 catches for 577 yards and seven TDs, quit the Golden Gophers on Sunday and went public with a scathing e-mail that accused Kill of manipulative and borderline abusive behavior.

"I feel bad for A.J.," Kill said Monday. "I'll do anything I can to help him in the future."

Miami bans itself. Calling the move prudent, Miami is self-imposing a second straight postseason ban on its football program because of an NCAA investigation that is expected to lead to stiff sanctions against the Hurricanes.

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