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CFB notebook: Michigan State approves Dantonios extension

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17 Feb 2018, 09:54 GMT+10

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio's annual contract extension was approved by the school's board of trustees, multiple outlets reported on Friday.

Dantonio's rolling contract, which stipulates that one year is added to his deal on an annual basis, extends through the 2024 season.

According to reporters at Friday's board meeting in East Lansing, Mich., the trustees did not discuss the contract at any length before approving the extension.

The 61-year-old Dantonio has denied accusations that he mishandled sexual assault claims against players on his team in the past. According to an ESPN "Outside the Lines" report, a minimum of 16 football players were accused of sexual assault or violence against women since Dantonio became coach.

Dantonio has been the Spartans coach since 2007, with a 100-45 mark in 11 seasons. Michigan State finished with a 10-3 record in 2017.

--Duke head coach David Cutcliffe promoted from within his staff to come up with his new defensive coordinators.

The school announced several staff changes, the most noteworthy being the promotions of Ben Albert and Matt Guerrieri to co-defensive coordinators.

Albert will remain the Blue Devils' defensive line coach, and Guerrieri will be responsible for coaching all defensive backs after being the safeties coach last season.

Albert and Guerrieri replace Jim Knowles, who left Duke last month to become Oklahoma State's defensive coordinator. Also, Lanier Goethie was named linebackers coach, and Derek Jones was given the title of assistant head coach for defense.

--The University of Mississippi has filed an appeal of the NCAA committee on infractions' decision to ban the football program from postseason play in 2018, limit unofficial recruiting visits and cite the school for lack of institutional control in a case involving 21 violations.

The NCAA announced the sanctions in December after a lengthy investigation, saying the lack of institutional control went back decades, and charged that Rebel Rags, an Oxford-based retail store, provided free merchandise to recruits and family members.

Among the cases cited were incidents dating from 1986 and 1994.

The Ole Miss appeal reads in part: "This Committee should vacate and reverse the penalties and factual findings because the COI abused its discretion, departed from precedent, committed procedural errors, and reached factual conclusions inconsistent with the evidence."

--New Mexico head coach Bob Davie will begin his 30-day suspension Saturday.

School president Chaouki Abdallah announced Thursday night that Davie's unpaid suspension will start before the team's fourth day of spring practice, per KRQE.com.

On Feb. 8, Davie was suspended in the wake of an investigation into the football program that centered on charges of player mistreatment and other alleged misconduct.

Lobos athletic director Eddie Nunez announced in a statement that defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove will serve as interim head coach during Davie's suspension, which will run through March 18.

--Two Baylor football players are being investigated for sexual assault in an incident that allegedly took place in November, according to a report by Waco, Texas, station KWTX-TV.

The report did not reveal the names of the players who took part in the alleged off-campus assault. However, it did say that both players redshirted the 2017 season and are two of four people being investigated for an alleged sexual assault that occurred on Nov. 11, 2017.

The victims are members of Baylor's equestrian team.

No charges have been filed, and local authorities and Baylor's Title IX office are involved in the probe.

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