College notebook | Maxwell finalists: Winston, Manziel, McCarron

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron are finalists for the Maxwell Award, given to college football’s player of the year.

Winston, who is being investigated in a sexual assault case by authorities in Tallahassee, Fla., is also up for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, with McCarron and Manziel.

• Kentucky coach Mark Stoops suspended leading rusher Raymond Sanders for Saturday’s game against Tennessee for violating a team rule. Sanders has a team-best 464 yards on 107 carries.

• Commonwealth Stadium will have a smoother, rounder look that Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart ultimately hopes will create a more intimate spectator atmosphere and a big-time experience for Wildcats football players and recruits.

University officials unveiled the design for the $110 million renovation of the Wildcats’ stadium that adds a facade around the 40-year-old structure, upper-level suites, a new game-day locker room and recruiting lounge atop a new tunnel.

• Elon fired coach Jason Swepson after he went 10-24 in three seasons.

• Authorities say Illinois football staff member and former player Matt Sinclair has been charged after allegedly pointing an unloaded handgun at a vehicle carrying other staff members.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz says Sinclair was arraigned on two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Sinclair is Illinois’ assistant director of player personnel and relations.

• Police arrested two people in the fatal shooting of an Eastern Michigan football player at an off-campus apartment complex, the Ypsilanti school announced.

One suspect was arraigned on Sunday and the other was arraigned yesterday in the slaying of Demarius Reed.

 

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