The list of Heisman Trophy contenders is down to three.
Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey are the finalists, the Downtown Athletic Club announced Monday.
Henry rushed for 1,986 yards and led the nation in touchdowns with 23. Watson is the only player in the country who has surpassed 800 yards rushing (887) and 3,500 yards passing (3,512), and he has accounted for 41 touchdowns. McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders' NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a season with 3,496, scored 13 touchdowns and threw two TD passes.
Henry and McCaffrey will be trying to break a streak of five quarterbacks winning college football's top honor when the trophy is presented Saturday night in New York.
Sarkisian sues USC over firing
•Former USC coach Steve Sarkisian sued the school, claiming that athletic director Pat Haden fired him in October instead of allowing him to seek treatment for alcoholism. In a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Sarkisian said the stress of his job coupled with his wife filing for divorce furthered his alcohol dependency and that his behavior was affected by medication for anxiety. Sarkisian said he had flown to a treatment facility and learned when he landed that he had been fired.
•Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was awarded the Burlsworth Award, given annually to the top player who began his career as a walk-on.
•A study of this year's bowl-bound schools shows that the graduation disparity between white and black football players grew slightly. The report by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport said the average graduation success rate for black football players at bowl schools is 66 percent compared to 85 percent for whites. The 19-point gap is one percentage point higher than last year.
•Kirby Smart, while being introduced as Georgia's new head coach, said he would remain in his role as Alabama's defensive coordinator through the College Football Playoff.
•Kentucky State hired former Louisville and Arkansas coach John L. Smith to rebuild the NCAA Division II Thorobreds.
•Temple senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich won the Bronko Nagurski Award, awarded to the nation's top defensive player. Matakevich had 126 tackles this season, including 15 for loss, along with five interceptions, 4½ sacks and five pass breakups.
Blatter back on bribery hot seat
Sepp Blatter is at risk again from the World Cup bribery scandal that tainted much of his FIFA presidency.
An American investigation found that international soccer leaders routinely bribed top officials, including Blatter predecessor Joao Havelange. Blatter was Havelange's general secretary for 17 years.
The BBC was set to air a program Monday alleging it had obtained a letter written by Havelange stating Blatter had "full knowledge" of kickback payments in the 1990s.