Mississippi receiver Laquon Treadwell is heading to the NFL, announcing Monday that he will declare for the draft three days after catching three touchdown passes in the Sugar Bowl.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior leaves Ole Miss with several school records and led the Southeastern Conference with 1,153 yards receiving this season.
Treadwell's decision isn't surprising: He's widely considered an early first-round pick.
"After sitting down with my family, we have decided it is time for me to take the next step in my career and enter the 2016 NFL draft," Treadwell said. "It's always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and I can't thank my teammates, coaches and our great fans enough for their unbelievable support since the first day I stepped foot on campus."
... Arkansas' Hunter Henry announced he is leaving Arkansas and declaring for the NFL draft following a season in which he was named an All-America and won the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end.
Others to enter the NFL draft early: Notre Dame senior cornerback KeiVarae Russell (could have petitioned for another year of eligibility), Mississippi junior left tackle Laremy Tunsil and Oregon junior receiver Bralon Addison.
Former Clemson coach Parker dies
Former Clemson and Citadel coach Jimmy "Red" Parker, who continued coaching at the high school level until retiring last month, died Monday. He was 82. Parker coached at Clemson from 1973-76 and finished with a record of 17-25-2. He coached for seven seasons before that at the Citadel, where he was 39-34, and was also an assistant at Vanderbilt and Mississippi in addition to working as the head coach at a number of lower-level colleges. ... Will Muschamp's last offensive coordinator at Florida, Kurt Roper, is joining South Carolina as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Roper was a Cleveland Browns assistant last year.
... Alabama coach Nick Saban says backup defensive back Tony Brown remains suspended after he was sent home from the Cotton Bowl last week for violating team rules.
... Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he is confident All-American Shaq Lawson will play in the national title game against Alabama after the defensive end missed most of the Tigers' semifinal victory because of a knee injury.
Track stadium's power turned off
The track and field stadium for this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics was without power with the city hall and Rio soccer club Botafogo blaming each other for unpaid utility bills.
The city hall said Botafogo has been responsible for the utility bills since May 2015.
But the club said that the city government owed it money to pay water and electricity bills.
"We have to find out who is responsible for the debt," the club said.
The Brazilian website Globo Esporte, which is connected to the newspaper O Globo, said the unpaid bills totaled 1 million reals ($250,000). It reported electricity has been off since last week and said water was cut more than a month ago. The website said two months of payments were in arrears.
Brazil is in the middle of a deep recession, forcing cutbacks to Olympic preparations. Organizers are trying to chop about $500 million in expenditures to keep the operating budget at $1.9 billion.
AROUND THE HORN
Tennis: Maria Sharapova withdrew from her season-opening event at the Brisbane International because of an injury to her left forearm. Sharapova, the defending champion, was scheduled to play Ekaterina Makarova on Tuesday at the Australian Open warmup event but withdrew hours before the match.
Soccer: Retired American goalkeeper Brad Friedel was hired as coach of the new U.S. under-19 national team. The 44-year-old made 82 appearances for the U.S. from 1992-05 and started at the 2002 World Cup, where the Americans reached the quarterfinals in their best showing at the tournament since the initial World Cup in 1930.