Three FBS coaches got their pink slips on Sunday: Larry Fedora at North Carolina, Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech and Mike Sanford at Western Kentucky.
Fedora is out after seven seasons. The decision came the day after an overtime loss to rival North Carolina State that dropped the Tar Heels to 2-9 and concluded with an end zone brawl between the teams after the Wolfpack scored the winning touchdown.
Fedora's exit completes a swift fall. North Carolina matched a program record with 11 victories and a trip to the ACC Championship Game in 2015, but it went 5-18 over the past two seasons.
Kingsbury, who was only 33 when he took over as coach of his alma mater, was 35-40 in his six seasons.
The Red Raiders averaged 520 total yards and 38 points a game under Kingsbury, but they also gave up 487 yards and 37 points a game.
Western Kentucky was 3-9 in Sanford's second year as coach, its first losing season since 2010.
Lovie gets extension
Illinois extended coach Lovie Smith's contract by two years, athletic director Josh Whitman announced.
Originally signed in March 2016 to a six-year, $21 million deal, Smith is 9-27 in Champaign.
Terms of the extension were being finalized and have not been released. The extension is subject to board of trustee approval in January.
USC's Helton to return
Southern Cal athletic director Lynn Swann announced that Clay Helton will be back for a fourth season as coach, ignoring the desperate pleas of Trojans fans and alumni for change at the top of the football program. USC went 5-7 this season.
Post prompts outrage
A Florida State fan posted images on social media depicting coach Willie Taggart getting lynched, prompting outrage Sunday morning.
"A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable," Florida State President John Thrasher said in a statement. "I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating. Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family."
Ohio State up to sixth
Ohio State moved up to No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll after trouncing rival Michigan on Saturday. The Buckeyes jumped four spots, and the Wolverines fell four to No. 8. Georgia moved up a spot to No. 4, and Oklahoma is fifth. Unbeaten UCF also moved up a spot to No. 7. Washington State and LSU were replaced in the top 10 by Texas (ninth) and Washington (10th).
One more for Haskins
An official scoring change in Ohio State's 62-39 victory over Michigan credited Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins with a sixth touchdown pass in the game. It will go down as Haskins' Big Ten-record 42nd touchdown pass of the season. Purdue's Drew Brees held the previous record with 39.