University of Washington

Auburn High's Shelton commits to UW

A day after the University of Washington beat No. 17 Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, the Huskies recorded another big victory.

Auburn High School senior Danny Shelton, a four-star prospect and the No. 12 defensive tackle recruit in the country, according to, committed to play football for the Huskies.

The 6-foot-3, 286-pound Shelton picked Washington over Oregon.

“After going over it with my family, we just figured out everything,” Shelton told after Friday’s Offense-Defense All-America Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “Both programs are great. Both D-line coaches are great, but in the end I had to go with the academics with Washington.”

Shelton is the 20th commitment for UW coach Steve Sarkisian recruiting class and was the top uncommitted senior player in the state.


New Pitt coach Mike Haywood is jailed on a domestic violence charge after an incident at his South Bend, Ind., home.

Haywood was arrested Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom Haywood has a child. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave.

Haywood will be held without bond in the St. Joseph County jail until he goes before a judge, which might occur over the weekend, but no later than Monday.

Pittsburgh hired Haywood on Dec. 16 to replace Dave Wannstedt. Haywood led Miami (Ohio) to a 9-4 record this season and the Mid-American Conference championship and a spot in Thursday’s Bowl but he will not coach against Middle Tennessee.

Haywood reportedly interviewed for the opening at Washington in 2008 (he was Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator at the time) before Steve Sarkisian was hired.


Sun Bowl: Freshman Tommy Rees passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns to Michael Floyd as 8-5 Notre Dame beat 7-6 Miami, 33-17, in El Paso, Texas, making Brian Kelly the first Fighting Irish coach to win a bowl game in his first season.

Meineke Bowl: B.J. Daniels threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third and South Florida (8-5) beat 6-7 Clemson, 31-26, in Charlotte, N.C.

Liberty Bowl: Latavius Murray scored on a 10-yard touchdown run with 9:01 left, and Central Florida (11-3) held on to beat 6-7 Georgia, 10-6, in Memphis, Tenn., to cap the best season in school history with the program’s first postseason victory.

Chick-fil-A Bowl: EJ Manuel threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to lead No. 23 Florida State (10-4) to a 26-17 victory over No. 19 South Carolina (9-5) in Atlanta.

Gamecocks star freshman running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a cut to his mouth on a big hit early in the game and did not return.


The national coordinator for college football officials said the controversial calls in the Music City and Pinstripe bowls were correct, but added the chaotic end to the North Carolina-Tennessee game will lead the rules committee to consider a rule change.

The Music City Bowl went to overtime after North Carolina was penalized for illegal substitution on what looked like the final play. Tennessee had already started celebrating, but game officials walked off the 5-yard penalty and replay officials put a second back on the clock. That gave the Tar Heels enough time to kick a tying field goal.

North Carolina won in double overtime, 30-27.

David Parry, who oversees college football officiating for the NCAA, said the Big Ten officials handled the confusing final seconds properly.

Parry said NFL rules allow for 10 seconds to be run off the clock on some late-game penalties and he said college football might consider adopting a similar rule.

“It was handled correctly, but I do anticipate the rules committee, which meets in the middle of February, to have that on their agenda for discussions,” he said.

Parry also said the rule book supports officials who flagged a Kansas State player for excessive celebration for saluting after he scored a touchdown in the Pinstripe Bowl against Syracuse.


Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is being targeted to join Will Muschamp’s staff at Florida for a similar job, according to reports. ... Boise State’s Chris Petersen won the Bobby Dodd coach of the year award. ... Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell said he accepted the head coaching job at Miami (Ohio), his alma mater.