Southern California introduced Mike Bohn as its new athletic director Thursday, filling the vacancy left by Lynn Swann's resignation in September.
Bohn, 58, brings 22 years of experience as an athletic director to the Trojans, including tenures with Cincinnati (2014-19), Colorado (2015-13), San Diego State (2003-05) and Idaho (1998-2003).
One of the most pressing issues facing Bohn is the fate of head football coach Clay Helton. USC is 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-12 entering Saturday's game at Arizona State. The Trojans were 5-7 in 2018.
According to Sports Illustrated, Bohn reached a tentative deal with Southern Cal last week but did not sign off until he was assured that the school had the funds to pursue former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
--Former Tennessee head coach and current Alabama assistant Butch Jones has removed his name from consideration for the vacant Rutgers head coaching position, according to multiple media outlets.
NJ.com's Rutgers Sports Insider was the first to report that Jones is no longer in the running for the position previously held by Chris Ash, who was fired in late September.
The move could be construed as an indication that former Scarlet Knights football coach Greg Schiano is close to returning to the job. The 53-year-old Schiano, who also interviewed for the position, is a New Jersey native who coached at Rutgers from 2001-11.
--Quarterback Joey Gatewood reportedly will visit Kentucky this weekend as the former Auburn backup explores his transfer options.
Kentucky Sports Radio and 247Sports both confirmed that Gatewood will be in Lexington, Ky., this Saturday night when the Wildcats host Tennessee. Gatewood, a redshirt freshman, announced he was entering the NCAA transfer portal on Oct. 30.
He lost a preseason battle with true freshman Bo Nix and played sparingly for the Tigers this season, completing 5 of 7 passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns and rushing 29 times for 148 yards and three scores.
--Ohio State and Georgia will play a home-and-home series in 2030 and 2031, the schools announced.
The Bulldogs will host the Buckeyes in Athens, Ga., on Sept. 14, 2030, and Georgia will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for the season opener on Aug. 30, 2031. The high-profile programs have met only once before, with Georgia defeating Ohio State 21-14 in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on New Year's Day in 1993.
"We are committed to playing in as many big games as possible, keeping Georgia on the national stage," Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. "Matchups with a team like Ohio State are one of the many reasons great players come to Georgia."
--Florida State defensive tackle Marvin Wilson will miss the remainder of the season with a hand injury, the school announced.
The 6-foot-5, 311-pound junior sustained the injury in the Seminoles' 27-10 setback against Miami last Saturday.
Wilson has 44 tackles, 5.0 sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble this season for Florida State (4-5, 3-4 ACC), which faces Boston College (5-4, 3-3) on Saturday afternoon at Chestnut Hill, Mass., in its first game since the school fired coach Willie Taggart.
--Howard has placed football coach Ron Prince on administrative leave amid allegations of bullying and being verbally abusive behavior toward his players. Director of football operations Aaron Kelton was named interim coach of the Bison until further notice.
Prince, the former head coach at Kansas State (2006-08), is 1-8 in his first season with Howard.
The school's investigation began after a parent of a Howard player sent a letter to HBCU Gameday that alleged "Prince has been threatening, hostile, abusive and disrespectful of the young men and coaching staff at Howard University since his arrival."
--Field Level Media