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Q&A: Nebraska coaching great Osborne not slowing down at 80

It's going on 20 years since Tom Osborne last coached a football game and 10 years since the end of his three terms as a Nebraska congressman. He was Nebraska's athletic director from 2007-12, served two years on the College Football Playoff committee and continues to work as many as 50 hours a week with the teen mentoring program he started with his wife in 1991.

On Thursday Osborne turned 80. He spoke with The Associated Press on a variety of topics. Responses were edited for brevity.

AP: Does it seem like 20 years since you wrapped up your coaching career with the last of Nebraska's three national titles in four years?

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Jan 10
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Clemson (60)14-11,5003
2Alabama14-11,4401
3USC10-31,2929
4Washington12-21,2774
5Oklahoma11-21,2527
6Ohio State11-21,2402
7Penn State11-31,1305
8Florida State10-31,10510
9Wisconsin11-31,0328
10Michigan10-31,0016
11Oklahoma State10-392013
12Stanford10-373016
13LSU8-465119
14Florida9-464020
15Western Michigan13-161912
16Virginia Tech10-461018
17Colorado10-458511
18West Virginia10-336814
19South Florida11-235825
20Miami (FL)9-4338-
21Louisville9-427715
22Tennessee9-4253-
23Utah9-4222-
24Auburn8-520617
25San Diego State11-3113-

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USC's Rose Bowl-winning kicker suspended for conduct issue

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California kicker Matt Boermeester has been suspended from the football team while the university investigates an undisclosed conduct issue.

The school confirmed the Rose Bowl-winning kicker's suspension Wednesday, providing no more details.

Boermeester made the winning 46-yard field goal last month at the final gun in the Trojans' wild 52-49 victory over Penn State in the 103rd Rose Bowl. The kick capped the junior's first season as USC's starting kicker.

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Clemson defensive tackle Pagano leaving football program

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive tackle Scott Pagano is leaving the program.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said the 6-foot-3, 295-pound native of Hawaii wants to play his final season closer to his home, probably somewhere on the West Coast. Swinney said Pagano, a part-time starter, told him he had accomplished his goals at Clemson of graduating and winning a national championship.