NATIONAL NOTES

Clemson’s Bryant will miss bowl

Bielema begins to fill out new Arkansas staff

The Associated PressDecember 12, 2012 

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— Clemson reserve wide receiver Martavis Bryant will miss the Chick-Fil-A Bowl for failing to meet academic requirements.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney announced Bryant’s suspension Tuesday. No. 14 Clemson (10-2) will face ninth-ranked LSU (10-2) at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 31.

Bryant is a sophomore who has 10 catches for 305 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. He is listed as a backup to star wideout DeAndre Hopkins.

Bielema hires Ash as defensive coordinator

Wisconsin defensive coordinator Chris Ash will follow former Badgers coach Bret Bielema to Arkansas.

The hiring is Bielema’s first since being hired last week at Arkansas after seven seasons at Wisconsin.

Ash worked under Bielema with the Badgers for the past three seasons, including the past two as co-defensive coordinator. He’ll remain with the team through its Rose Bowl appearance against Stanford.

Ash came to Wisconsin from Iowa State, taking over as the Badgers’ defensive backs coach in 2010. The 38-year-old was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2011, and he helped lead a Wisconsin defense that was 13th in the country — allowing 19 points per game.

Southern Miss hires Monken as coach

Southern Mississippi raided Oklahoma State for a football coach five years ago.

It worked so well, the Golden Eagles are trying it again.

Southern Miss introduced Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken as its new coach, confident that the 46-year-old can return the Golden Eagles to their winning ways after the worst season in school history.

Monken comes to the Golden Eagles after two successful seasons leading the Cowboys’ high-scoring offense, which is averaging nearly 45 points this season. He will not coach with Oklahoma State at the Heart of Dallas bowl on Jan. 1, instead starting his job in Hattiesburg immediately.

Monken replaces former USC assistant Ellis Johnson, who was fired Nov. 27 after going 0-12 in one disappointing season. The shocking freefall came one year after a 12-win season that included a Conference USA championship, No. 19 national ranking and Hawaii Bowl victory.

Miami’s Finnie arrested

Miami cornerback Thomas Finnie was arrested on charges of grand theft and burglary, and he has been suspended indefinitely from the football program.

Police said Finnie surrendered to authorities one week after he allegedly entered a dorm room and stole a laptop, and he has confessed. Finnie surrendered to campus police and was taken to jail in Miami for booking, officials said, with preliminary bond amounts set at $12,500 on the burglary charge and $5,000 for the theft charge.

Around the nation

Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez will earn $118,500 for returning to the sidelines to coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl, and a win against Stanford will mean a $50,000 bonus. ... Former coach Bret Bielema left to take the same job at Arkansas. ... California coach Sonny Dykes is bringing two of his former assistants at Louisiana Tech to his new job. Dykes announced that Tony Franklin will be the offensive coordinator for the Golden Bears and Rob Likens will coach receivers. Both men had the same role under Dykes at Louisiana Tech the past three seasons. ... San Jose State defensive coordinator Kent Baer will be the team’s interim coach for the Military Bowl after coach Mike MacIntyre left to take the coaching job at Colorado.

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