Georgia QB Jacob Eason says he’s leaving team
• Quarterback Jacob Eason said Friday he is leaving Georgia, an expected decision after he lost his starting job to freshman Jake Fromm. Eason made the announcement on his Twitter account. Eason didn’t indicate where he intends to play next, but the Seattle Times reported this week that he is expected to transfer to Washington.
• Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill was fined $10,000 and reprimanded by the Pac-12 for inappropriate language and public comments regarding men’s basketball officiating after Sunday’s loss to No. 11 Arizona State. Coach Larry Krystkowiak had to stop midsentence during his postgame news conference as a man could be heard shouting and swearing from another room. The man turned out to be Hill and he was yelling at Pac-12 coordinator of men’s basketball officiating Bobby Dibler. Hill apologized in a statement on Thursday.
• South Carolina coach Will Muschamp received a new, six-year, $28.2 million contract after leading the Gamecocks to a nine-win season. Muschamp, who is 15-11 in two seasons at South Carolina, will make $4.2 million next fall.
• North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines and offensive tackle Will Richardson are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL Draft.
Panthers’ Thomas Davis announces retirement
• Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says the 2018 season will be his last. Davis confirmed his decision during an appearance on NFL Network. While the Panthers didn’t make an official announcement, the team posted a picture of Davis on its Twitter page with the word “Respect.”
• The Panthers hired Norv Turner as their new offensive coordinator. Turner, 65, replaces Mike Shula, who was fired earlier this week after seven seasons with Carolina, including five as offensive coordinator.
• Vic Fangio is returning to the Chicago Bears as defensive coordinator after being passed up for their head coaching job.
• The Chicago Bears hired former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as their offensive coordinator. The Bears also announced that Chris Tabor will become special teams coordinator and Charles London will take over as running backs coach. Tabor spent the past seven seasons as the Browns’ special teams coordinator.
• The Buffalo Bills fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison after the Bills finished 29th in offense.
Swimmer Ryan Lochte marries ex-Playboy model
• Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has wed the mother of his 7-month-old son. Lochte and former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid were married by a judge Tuesday in Gainesville, Fla., where Lochte attended college. Their son, Caiden, was born in June.
— ABJ/Ohio.com wires
Sports news roundup, Jan. 13 Georgia QB Eason leaving