David Gibbs will try to turn around a struggling Texas Tech defense as his latest reclamation project.

The university announced that Gibbs would be taking over for interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith, who stepped in to replace Matt Wallerstedt after he resigned in September.

Gibbs, who turns 47 on Saturday, is the eighth defensive coordinator for the Red Raiders since 2007 and will have a two-year contract worth $550,000 a year. He was the Gophers' defensive coordinator under Glen Mason from 1997-2000.

CFP pays for parents

The College Football Playoff will help pay for the parents and guardians of Ohio State and Oregon football players to travel to the national championship game in North Texas on Monday.

The NCAA granted a waiver that allows the College Football Playoff to provide a reimbursement of up to $1,250 per parent or guardian that will cover hotel accommodations, travel and meals.

"This will really help because parents really want to go out and see their kids play," said Ohio State safety Von Bell, who is from Rossville, Ga. "They make a lot of sacrifices, and there's a lot of money spent. Traveling from the South, because they come up here for every game, is a lot. The gas and everything. It's really a blessing to hear that."


•Oklahoma fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell after one of the worst seasons during coach Bob Stoops' 16-year run as head coach. The Sooners won five of their first six, but finished 8-5.

•Virginia associate head coach for offense Tom O'Brien is retiring after a 40-year career, including stops at Boston College and North Carolina State.

•Among those declaring for the NFL draft: Stanford left tackle Andrus Peat, Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams, Oklahoma receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, Virginia outside linebacker Max Valles and Clemson punter Bradley Pinion.

•North Carolina wide receiver and kick return specialist T.J. Thorpe is transferring to Virginia for his final season of eligibility.

•Florida defensive tackle Gerald Willis will transfer to a school yet to be named and have two years of eligibility remaining.