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Syracuse fires Scott Shafer

Monday morning comes and another head coach heads to the unemployment line just before Thanksgiving. Syracuse has fired head coach Scott Shafer. Shafer will coach Syracuse’s final game of the season this weekend against Boston College.


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Amarillo Tascosa 17, Odessa Permian 10

Denton Ryan 45, South Grand Prairie 35

Arlington Martin 49, Amarillo High 27

Allen 41, DeSoto 40


Amarillo Tascosa (10-2) vs. Denton Ryan (12-0), 1 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo’s Bivins Stadium

Arlington Martin (10-2) vs. Allen (12-0), 5:30 p.m. Friday, Arlington’s AT&T Stadium

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Report: Baker Mayfield passes concussion tests, status still undecided for Bedlam game

Since his removal from Saturday night’s win over TCU, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has passed both concussion tests given to him, one on the sideline during the game and another on Sunday, according to a report by Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman.

“OU medical staff will continue to monitor Mayfield’s status over the next couple days, but the signs so far appear good for Mayfield’s chances to play in next weekend’s season finale at Oklahoma State, where the Sooners can secure the Big 12 championship,” Kersey writes.

Another positive sign: the Sooners’ Heisman hopeful gun slinger is set to — possibly — meet with the media Monday.

Mayfield sustained a head injury after taking a blow to the helmet from TCU’s Ty Summers during the second quarter Saturday night. (Summers was ejected for targeting.) The quarterback remained in the game after sustaining the hit, leading the Sooners from a 7-0 deficit to a 23-7 halftime lead, but was pulled from the contest at halftime by Oklahoma’s team doctors.

Backup Trevor Knight played the second half for Mayfield and the offense sputtered, netting only a 72-yard Samaje Perine touchdown run to squeeze past the resurgent Frogs, 30-29.

Mayfield is the nation’s leader in passing efficiency, hitting 68.7 percent of his passes for 3,209 yards with 33 touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 343 yards and six scores.

A win Saturday night in Stillwater would clinch Oklahoma’s first outright Big 12 championship since 2010 and keep the Sooners in the thick of the College Football Playoff race.

Iowa State dismisses Paul Rhoads

Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads has reportedly been dismissed as head coach of the Cyclones. According to a report by Football Scoop, Rhoads will announce the news to his team today.

Rhoads has been the head coach of the Cyclones since 2009, after Gene Chizik left the program to take over as Auburn’s head coach. During that stretch, Iowa State put together a record of 32-54 and reached the postseason three times, winning the 2009 Insight Bowl. The highlight of the Rhoads era may be the upset loss of No. 2 Oklahoma State in 2011.

The final blow to Rhoads as head coach of the Cyclones was dealt by Kansas State yesterday. Up 35-14 at halftime, Iowa State allowed Kansas State to score the game’s final 24 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter for a 38-35 victory to drop Iowa State to 3-8 on the season and 2-6 in Big 12 play.

With the change at Iowa State, there will be 13 coaching changes in the FBS during this coaching carousel cycle, including nine from a power conference.

UPDATE: Iowa State has confirmed the dismissal, but announced Rhoads will coach Iowa State’s final game of the 2015 season this week against West Virginia.

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Sweetwater defeats Aubrey

GRANBURY — The Sweetwater Mustangs used a stellar passing game, led by quarterback Max Gomez, to overwhelm the Aubrey Chaparrals 30-6 in the Class 4A D2 area playoff round at Pirate Stadium.

The victory sends Sweetwater (12-0) up against Krum next week. Aubrey, which had previously won 7 of its past 8 games, finishes 7-5 on the season.

The Sweetwater spread offense scored big in the first half and kept Aubrey chasing the Mustangs down the field. Gomez threw for 358 yards and four touchdowns. Michael Lawrence caught all four touchdowns and had 299 receiving yards on the night.

Aubrey had chances to score, but Sweetwater found a way to keep them out of the end zone until the end.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these kids,” said Aubrey coach Keith Ivy. “It’s never fun to end on a loss, but they fought until the very last second in the very last game. They have done something that Aubrey has not accomplished in years.”

Following the opening Aubrey drive that ended in a punt, Sweetwater needed only one play to score. Gomez threw a short pass to Lawrence that he ran 85 yards downfield for a touchdown. The Mustangs were successful on the conversion.

Aubrey’s Tanner Gardiner intercepted a Gomez pass in the first quarter on the 36-yard line to kill a Sweetwater drive.

The Chaparrals then drove downfield in a 14-play drive that spent more than spent 11 minutes off the clock from the end of the first quarter into the second. Aubrey advance 52 yards downfield to the Sweetwater 10-yard line. The drive ended with a missed 17-yard field goal.

Sweetwater answered with a 14-play drive of their own. Lawrence caught a 16-yard pass early in the drive and later scored with a 23-yard catch.

Late in the second quarter, Gomez passed to Lawrence again, this time for an 84-yard score. Gomez also threw a successful conversion pass to give the Mustangs a 24-0 lead at halftime.

As the third quarter began, Sweetwater needed only four plays before the Gomez to Lawrence pass combination scored on a 66-yard pass.

Late in the game, Chaparral running back Jon Delbosque rushed for 14, 22, 30 and 9 yards to set up Aubrey on the Sweetwater 14-yard line. Anthony Rouk dashed around the Mustang secondary 14 yards for a touchdown.

The season is quite a turnaround for Aubrey, which finished 1-9 in 2014. In fact, Aubrey had only five wins in the past three seasons combined and had not been to the playoffs since 2009. The Chaparrals started this season 0-3 before they started a winning streak.

“Our senior class was outstanding this year” Ivy said. “They led our team, and we went through some adversity early in the year there, but we were able to fight, improve and get better. I believe this senior class has laid the foundation for these younger grades coming through.”

Ivy also commended his coaching staff for preparing they players each week.

“We set our goals early in the year, and we accomplished all of them. I could not be more proud.”

2015 college football TV schedule

College football season kicks off with a strongFootball Championship Subdivision matchup on the afternoon of August 29 and climaxes with the secondCollege Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 11, 2016 in Glendale, Ariz.

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