College football notebook: Oregon QB Mariota won't enter NFL draft

2013-12-04T00:00:00Z 2013-12-14T20:06:09Z College football notebook: Oregon QB Mariota won't enter NFL draftThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

EUGENE, Ore. — Quarterback Marcus Mariota has announced that he will return to Oregon for his junior season.

There had been speculation that Mariota might declare himself eligible for the NFL. But on Tuesday the school announced on its website that Mariota would stay, along with junior Hroniss Grasu, a three-year starter at center.

“It is an honor to be a student at the University of Oregon and to have the opportunity to represent our institution on the football field alongside my teammates,” said Mariota, who has thrown 30 touchdowns this season. “I look forward to earning my degree next year and to the rest of my career at this great University.”

Meanwhile, the Bowl Championship Series announced Tuesday the 20 football teams still under consideration for BCS berths, and, not surprisingly, it includes 10-2 Oregon.

That means the Pac-12 bowl picture — which includes Arizona — will likely remain in flux until announcements are made Sunday.

If the BCS had released Oregon, it could have set in motion a process by which the bowls in the Pac-12 pecking order could begin to commit to programs, or at least develop either/or scenarios.

Extra points

— A demolition worker died of injuries received Tuesday when he fell four stories from Texas A&M’s under-renovation football stadium in College Station. The worker was identified as Angel Garcia, 25. Federal safety and school officials are investigating. Kyle Field is expanding from 82,600 to 102,500 seats, which would make it the largest stadium in the SEC.

— Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin was hired as the head coach at Miami of Ohio, which suffered one of the worst seasons (0-12) in its history.

— Tulane (7-5) accepted an invitation to play against Louisiana-Lafayette (8-3) in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 21 — the Green Wave’s first postseason berth since 2002 Hawaii Bowl.

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