AP names Patterson coach of the year

NEW YORK - TCU's Gary Patterson was voted The Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year for leading the Horned Frogs to a perfect regular season and their first BCS appearance.

No. 3 TCU plays No. 6 Boise State (13-0) in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 4.

In a close vote released Wednesday, Patterson received 21 votes from the AP college football poll panel to edge Brian Kelly. The former Cincinnati coach, now with Notre Dame, received 19 votes and Alabama's Nick Saban got 14 votes.

Chip Kelly of Oregon received three votes and Boise State's Chris Petersen and Texas' Mack Brown each got one vote.

Forbes: Texas is most valuable college team. The Texas Longhorns are the most valuable team in college sports.

Forbes magazine says Texas has a team value of $119 million, easily topping Notre Dame, last year's leader, by $11 million.

The magazine based its rankings on "dividend money," or what's left for academics (including football scholarships) and non-revenue sports after the cost of running the football program. Bowl game revenue also is factored in.

According to Forbes, Texas had a $59 million profit. Notre Dame's team value was $108 million, with a $38 million profit.

Chick-fil-A Bowl posts 13th consecutive sellout. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has its 13th consecutive sellout. The bowl's streak of 13 consecutive sellouts is the third-longest among all postseason games, trailing only the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.

Princeton names alumnus coach. Cincinnati Bengals assistant Bob Surace has been hired as football coach at Princeton University, his alma mater.

The center on the Tigers' 1989 Ivy League championship team, Surace replaces Roger Hughes, who was fired last month after 10 seasons at the school in New Jersey.

UNLV's new coach says he wants to build enthusiasm. Incoming UNLV coach Bobby Hauck says he is excited about generating enthusiasm for football and building a winning program, but he doesn't know how long it will take for his team to reach his goals.

Hauck said Wednesday as he was introduced by the university that enthusiasm for his team will come if it's worth watching.

Celebrities watch Miami practice. Miami football practices are closed to the public. Unless, of course, the public is Bill Parcells and Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez - the third baseman for the World Series champion New York Yankees, and whose name adorns the adjacent baseball stadium on Miami's campus - watched practice Tuesday. He works out at the school regularly during his offseason.

Parcells, the Miami Dolphins' executive vice president of football operations, was there for Wednesday's workout, joined by Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland.