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Eastern Washington Eagles Mitchell Johnson (94) and Jonah Jordan (91) sack Maine's quarterback Chris Ferguson during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, Dec.15, 2018, in Cheney, Wash. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

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Eastern Washington routs Maine, 50-19, in FCS semifinals

Eric Barriere threw seven TD passes as the host Eagles (12-12) dispatched road weary Black Bears (10-4) back home to Orono, Maine.

ORONO, ME - MAY 4: Head football coach Joe Harasymiak speaks to his players during the Maine spring football scrimmage at Orono Friday, May 4, 2018. (Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald)

Maine at Eastern Washington | Saturday, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

It’s been a heck of a ride for the Maine football team, and it’s not over yet

The Black Bears will take on Eastern Washington Saturday in the program’s first trip to the national semifinals.

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Ky Bowman, BC avoid upset, tip Columbia

The guard scored 7 points in the last 2½ minutes to help the Eagles pull away.

Chestnut Hill-08/11/2018 BC football held a scrimmage at their new indoor practice field next to Alumni Stadium. Head coach Steve Addazio looks on. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

BC extends football coach Steve Addazio’s contract two years

The move keeps Addazio under contract through 2022.

Tennessee forward Grant Williams (2) reacts against Kansas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in New York. Kansas defeated Tennessee 87-81 in overtime. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Three teams to keep an eye on: Tennessee, Auburn, and TCU

At least two of them are looking like potential Final Four teams.

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 17: Andy Isabella #5 of the Massachusetts Minutemen carries the ball during the first quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs on November 17, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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UMass, BC football players on All-America team

UMass WR Andy Isabella made the second team, and BC’s Chris Lindstrom and Hamp Cheevers were on the third team.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the award Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Heisman Trophy winner apologizes for making anti-gay tweets as a teenager

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray said he used a poor choice of words when he was 14 and 15.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Kyler Murray of Oklahoma speaks at the press conference for the 2018 Heisman Trophy Presentationon December 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wins Heisman Trophy

The quarterback has led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff semifinals.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 08: Darnell Woolfolk #33 and Gavyn Jones #49 of the Army Black Knights celebrate the win over the Navy Midshipmen at Lincoln Financial Field on December 08, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Army Black Knights defeated the Navy Midshipmen 17-10. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Army 17, Navy 10

Army beats Navy for third straight victory in series

Kelvin Hopkins Jr. had two rushing touchdowns to lead Army.

Nik Popovic, left, and the Boston College men’s basketball team will not play at Texas A&M Saturday.

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Flying conditions, aircraft issues force BC to cancel Texas A&M game

The Eagles were scheduled to play Texas A&M Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

Weber State receiver Darryl Denby (3) runs the ball while pursued by Maine's Jamehl Wiley (52) during the first half of a quarterfinal in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Ogden, Utah. (Matt Herp/Standard-Examiner via AP)

Maine football team advances to FCS semifinals for first time in program history

Chris Ferguson threw two TD passes as Maine upset Weber State at Ogden, Utah.

Heisman Trophy finalists, from left, Dwayne Haskins, from Ohio State, Kyler Murray, of Oklahoma, and Tua Tagovailoa, from Alabama, pose with the Heisman Trophy at the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Ralph Russo)

Heisman Trophy finalists await announcement

Quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State will learn which one wins the award Saturday.

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NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Marlborough’s Leo Fanning received the George Carens Award Thursday night for his lifetime contribution to New England college football.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Walpole’s Kaitlin Brown has locked down goal for Stonehill

In 19 starts, the junior keeper posted a sparkling 1.26 GAA, recorded eight shutouts, and backstopped the Skyhawks to a 13-7 record.

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Army, in Norman, Okla. Murray was named The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

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Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray wins AP Player of Year, Davey O’Brien Award

Sooners QB recognized as nation’s best quarterback at ESPN’s College Football Awards Show in Atlanta.

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 17: Andy Isabella #5 of the Massachusetts Minutemen carries the ball during the first quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs on November 17, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

UMass receiver, two BC players selected for Walter Camp All-America teams

UMass’s Andy Isabella was named to the first team while Michael Walker and Hamp Cheevers earned second-team honors.

Providence forward Jimmy Nichols Jr. (5) celebrates with teammate Kalif Young (13) after defeating Boston College in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Providence won 100-95. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

PROVIDENCE 100, BC 95 (OT)

Providence finishes strong, knocks off BC in OT

A 3-pointer in final seconds forced the overtime and Isaiah Jackson did the rest from the free throw line for Providence.

An Army cadet displayed a sign for then President-elect Donald Trump in the first half of the 2016 Army-Navy NCAA college football game in Baltimore.

President Trump to attend Army-Navy football game

The 108th football meeting between Army and Navy will be the 20th game attended by a president.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches during his team warm up before the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Northwestern, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

The 54-year-old Meyer will be replaced by former University of New Hampshire QB Ryan Day in his first head coaching job.

BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 09: Quarterback Brett Rypien #4 of the Boise State Broncos throws a pass during second half action against the Fresno State Bulldogs on November 9, 2018 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 24-17. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)

Five things to know about Boise State, BC’s bowl opponent

The teams meet in the First Responder Bowl Dec. 26 — but this won’t be their first postseason matchup.

Michigan center Jon Teske (15) celebrates his basket in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Purdue at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Michigan has come roaring out of the gate in college basketball

The 8-0 Wolverines are blowing out opponents with an impressive all-around game under coach John Beilein.

Walt Bell, 34, named UMass football coach

Florida State offensive coordinator is considered a dynamic recruiter, offensive mind.

Umass Amherst sophomore forward Mitchell Chaffee (21) skates up ice while followed by sophomore right winger John Leonard (9) in the third period against Princeton at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts on November 24, 2018. UMass defeated Princeton 3-2 in overtime. Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe

UMass vaults to the top spot in men’s hockey poll

The Minutemen, ranked No. 3 last week, received 26 first-place votes in USCHO’s poll this week.

Connecticut's Christyn Williams (13) drives in next to Notre Dame's Jessica Shepard (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

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UConn women drub No. 1 Notre Dame

UConn freshman Christyn Williams scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting in a rematch of last season’s Final Four meeting

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Boston College will play Boise State in First Responder Bowl

The Eagles have a Dec. 26 date with the Broncos in Dallas for their fifth bowl game in six years under Steve Addazio.

Oklahoma Sooners tight end Grant Calcaterra (right) celebrates a touchdown with offensive tackle Cody Ford (left) during the first half of the NCAA Big 12 Conference football championship against the Texas Longhorns, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma defeated Texas 39-27. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

Oklahoma joins Alabama, Clemson, and Notre Dame in College Football Playoff

Oklahoma faces Alabama in the opening round on Dec. 29, with the title game on Jan. 7; full bowl schedule released.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, right, celebrate with the team after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Atlanta. Alabama won 35-28. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

alabama 35, georgia 28

Jalen Hurts picks up Alabama against Georgia

Backup QB replaces Tua Tagovailoa and leads No. 1 Crimson Tide to victory.

02zocampus - Junior Setter Zoey Gifford (31). (David Le/ DLE Photography)

CAMPUS ANGLE

Natick’s Zoey Gifford continues an Endicott volleyball tradition

The 5-foot-11-inch junior setter is the fourth straight Endicott player to earn Player of the Year honors in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Umass Amherst hockey head coach Greg Carvel (C) has a talk with his team during a break in the game against Princeton in the second period at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts on November 24, 2018. UMass defeated Princeton 3-2 in overtime. Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe

‘I’m sure we surprised a lot of people’: How UMass hockey became the No. 3 team in the country

Coach Greg Carvel and the Minutemen have had quite the turnaround, starting 11-1 and even knocking off top-ranked Ohio State.

Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell dies of cancer at 21

Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell died Thursday at home after battling cancer for more than a year. He was 21.

Emerging in the ’60s, John McPhee became the anti-New Journalist, an antidote to showoffs like Tom Wolfe and Hunter Thompson.

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John McPhee’s ‘covert memoir’ that begs the question: Will there ever be a real one?

The New Yorker writer’s latest is gathering of uncollected essays on sports and short pieces comprising a literary “album quilt.”

Boston College offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler speaks to his players during football practice, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BC offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler named head coach at Bowling Green

Loeffler spent three seasons at BC and also had worked under Steve Addazio at Temple.

Boston College waits to see what bowl it will play in

The Eagles will go bowling for the fifth time in six years. Where they end up is a question that won’t be answered until Sunday.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer instructs his team against Michigan during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Oklahoma fifth, Ohio State sixth in penultimate College Football Playoff rankings

Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are Nos. 1, 2 and 3, and Georgia moved into the fourth spot.

NEW ENGLAND FOOTBALL WRITERS’ AWARDS

MIT’s Riley Quinn wins Jerry Nason Award

Born without a left hand and forearm, Quinn was a four-year football player at MIT, snaring three interceptions.

Massachusetts' Luwane Pipkins shoots next to UMass-Lowell's Josh Gantz, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UMass basketball is on a learning curve right now

The Minutemen have had impressive moments but are still working in several new players.

Boston College's Nik Popovic (21) and Ky Bowman react during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Minnesota in Boston, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BC 68, Minnesota 56

Nik Popovic takes over, leads BC over Minnesota

Nik Popovic scored all 18 of his points in the second half as the Eagles handed the Golden Gophers their first loss.

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury looks up to the video board in the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Baylor on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

Kliff Kingsbury fired at Texas Tech

The ex-Red Raiders quarterback and their coach the past six years was one of two firings following regular-season finales. Larry Fedora is out at North Carolina.

Former Patriot Kevin Faulk involved in LSU-Texas A&M postgame fracas

Kevin Faulk, now LSU’s director of player personnel, had apparently come to the aid of another LSU staff member who got punched on field by unknown assailant.

Texas A&M's Trayveon Williams (5) celebrates after rushing for a touchdown against LSU during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Texas A&M 74, LSU 72 (7 OT)

Texas A&M outlasts LSU in seven-overtime slugfest

The Aggies toppled No. 8 Tigers on a 17-yard TD pass and 2-point conversion in the 7th OT of the highest-scoring game in FBS history.

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Chris Olave #17, K.J. Hill #14 and Jahsen Wint #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes, celebrate after Olave blocked a Michigan Wolverines punt in the third quarter and Ohio State scored a touchdown at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Ohio State 62, Michigan 39

Ohio State victory over Michigan a big production

The Buckeyes scored more points — 62 — than any team has ever scored in regulation against Michigan.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Eric Dungey #2 of the Syracuse Orange rushes for a touchdown at the end of the second quarter of the game against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

SYRACUSE 42, BC 21

BC routed by Syracuse to end regular season

The Eagles now await a decision on their bowl destination.

Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton warms up before an NCAA college football game against Memphis Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

UCF QB McKenzie Milton carted off the field

The quarterback of the undefeated Knights and Heisman Trophy candidate injured his right leg in the second quarter against South Florida.

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UWashington band bus rolls over; 25 hurt

The bus, one of three headed to a football showdown at Washington State University in Pullman, had an accident in icy conditions on Interstate 90

Boston College defensive end Zach Allen (2) plays against Miami offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson (55) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Boston, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Syracuse stands as last obstacle between BC and its first eight-win season since 2009

The Eagles’ senior class will be emotionally invested in the outcome of its home finale.

NCAA Men’s basketball | Boston College 78, Loyola Chicago 66

Boston College wins inaugural Fort Myers Tip-Off

Jordan Chatman led Eagles (4-1) with a season-high 20 points in tournament’s title game.

Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Duquesne in Amherst, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Mark Whipple steps down as UMass football coach

Whipple, 61, went 65-70 in 11 seasons overall with the Minutemen, including 16-44 in the last five seasons of his second stint in Amherst.

VILLANOVA, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Eric Paschall #4 of the Villanova Wildcats makes a pass as Noah Gurley #4 and Matt Rafferty #32 defend during the second half of a game at Finneran Pavilion on November 17, 2018 in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Furman defeated Villanova 76-68. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Struggling Villanova looks for a little magic at Disney World

The defending national champions, with two losses already, are in Florida for a holiday tournament.

Franklin, MA 11-20-18: Jim Calhoun, the head coach of the St. Joseph's Blue Jays Division Three men's basketball team is pictured during yelling from the bench during the club's first ever road game vs. Dean College played at the Pieri Gymnasium. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Jim Calhoun is back on the sideline, this time coaching a Division 3 team

After six years of retirement, the 76-year-old coach is back in the game with a brand-new Division 3 team at Saint Joseph.

FILE - In this June 5, 2018 file photo, former Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon testifies before a Senate subcommittee in Washington. Simon has been charged with lying to police conducting an investigation of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse. Simon, who stepped down earlier this year over the scandal, was charged Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, with two felonies and two misdemeanors. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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Ex-Michigan State University president charged with lying to police in Larry Nassar scandal

Lou Anna Simon is the third current or former campus official other than Nassar to face criminal charges in the fallout.