Tech's Harvin named third-team All-ACC


Former Sumter High School and Georgia Tech freshman punter Pressley Harvin III was named to the third team All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team released on Monday.

Harvin leads all NCAA Division I FBS true freshmen punters and is ranked 18th overall nationally and second in the ACC in punting average at 44.1 yards per punt. Sixteen of his 50 punts (32 percent) were downed inside the 20 yard line, 13 (26 percent) traveled 50-plus yards and just 21 (42 percent) were returned.

His 44.1-yard average was a Georgia Tech freshman record, breaking the old freshman mark of 43.8 yards per punt, set by Dan Dyke in 1999 and was the fifth-best single-season average in program history.

Six Clemson linemen - three on offense and three on defense - were selected to the first team. Tackle Mitch Hyatt, guard Tyrone Crowder and center Justin Falcinelli are on the offensive first team and tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence and end Clelin Ferrell are on the defense.

Tiger defensive end Austin Bryant and linebacker Dorian O'Daniel are on the second team, while wide receivers Hunter Renfrow and Deon Cain, offensive guard Taylor Hearn, running back Travis Etienne and linebacker Kendall Joseph are on the third team.

Florida hires Mullen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida has hired Mississippi State's Dan Mullen as its next football coach, bringing back the guy who helped turned Tim Tebow into a star.

The Gators announced the deal Sunday, after Mullen told his team he was returning to Gainesville.

Spurned by Chip Kelly and seemingly unwilling to risk waiting for UCF's Scott Frost to possibly do the same, Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin turned to Mullen. Stricklin and Mullen worked together in Starkville from 2009 to 2016. Stricklin was Mississippi State's athletic director for seven of those years.

Mullen previously spent four years (2005-08) as Florida's offensive coordinator and won two national championships while guiding Tebow to the top of the school record books. The Gators averaged 36.3 points a game and 7.1 yards a play during Mullen's tenure.

Texas A&M fires Sumlin

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M has fired coach Kevin Sumlin after six winning seasons.

The first black head coach in program history was 51-26 and never had a losing season. But his first year at A&M was his best, and he never could come close to matching it.

In 2012, Sumlin had a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Johnny Manziel and ushered in the program's move from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference by going 11-2. That earned him a new contract and $5 million per year salary, but the Aggies have not won more than nine games since.

FSU's Fisher mum on A&M

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State's Jimbo Fisher remains mum when it comes to his coaching future.

While Fisher was happy to discuss Florida's hiring of Dan Mullen during his weekly news conference on Monday, he said he would not discuss speculation that he is the top candidate at Texas A&M after Kevin Sumlin was fired on Sunday.

"I'm just not going to talk about it," Fisher said.

Fisher has not given Florida State any indication that he is leaning toward leaving the school, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because neither Texas A&M nor Florida State has publicly discussed Fisher.

Davis wins Australian Open

SYDNEY - No one was more surprised by who won the Australian Open than the champion himself.

Cameron Davis came from six shots behind going into the final round to win by one stroke on Sunday, shooting a 7-under 64 that included a birdie on the 18th and an eagle after holing a 100-meter approach shot.

The star draw cards - Jason Day and Jordan Spieth - were top 10 finishers, but weren't holding the Stonehaven Cup aloft at the end of the day.

By The Associated Press