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Oklahoma’s Blake Bell awaits a “game-time decision” as to whether he will start as quarterback in the Sugar Bowl.
College football

3 Ball State assistants take on new duties

Ball State coach Pete Lembo shuffled his staff in the wake of offensive coordinator Rich Skrosky’s departure to become the new head coach at Elon.

Joey Lynch, a 2007 Ball State grad who previously was the team’s tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, was promoted to offensive coordinator. The son of former Ball State and Indiana coach Bill Lynch, he has been at Ball State in one capacity or another since 2009.

Nick Tabacca, who coached the offensive line the past two seasons, picks up the additional role of run game coordinator. He’s a former team captain at Ball State who began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Cardinals in 2005 and 2006.

Chad Wilt, the defensive line coach for the last three seasons, will take on the additional role of recruiting coordinator. He came to Ball State in 2010 after one season at Richmond.

Other coaching news

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn is the winner of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. Malzahn had led the Tigers (12-1) to the BCS national championship game in his first season after taking over a team that went 3-9 in 2012. …

David Shaw has a message for anybody who believes he’s going to leave Stanford for the NFL after this season: no chance. The Cardinal coach said Monday night that the growing mention of his name for NFL jobs is “very flattering.” He said he was bothered by the speculation last year but now “it’s just a testament to being a really good college football program.”

Title game sites chosen

Arizona will be host to the College Football Playoff championship in 2016 and Tampa, Fla., will be the site of the 2017 title game.

The conference commissioners who oversee the playoffs announced Monday their choices for the sites of the second and third championship games in the new postseason system that goes into effect next season.

The first championship game will be played Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The second title game is scheduled to be played Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz., at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium was awarded the 2017 game, scheduled to be played Jan. 9, 2017.

QB battle at Oklahoma

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the position of starting quarterback will once again likely be a “game-time decision” when the 11th-ranked Sooners face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Freshman Trevor Knight began the season at Oklahoma’s starter, but he gave way to junior Blake Bell for much of the season. Bell replaced an injured Knight in the second half of the Sooners’ last game, a win over Oklahoma State, but Stoops says Knight is fully recovered and that the starter will be determined during practice leading up to the bowl game.