ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Auburn's Gus Malzahn has been named Home Depot Coach of the Year, and Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins was selected the John Mackey Award winner for the nation's outstanding tight end. The announcements were made Wednesday. Both awards will be presented Thursday as part of the College Football Awards Show at Disney's Boardwalk. In his first season as Auburn coach, Malzahn led the Tigers to a 12-1 record and berth in the BCS national championship game against Florida State on Jan. 6. A win in the title game would make Auburn's improvement from 3-9 in 2012 the best in FBS history. Malzahn is only the second first-year coach to lead his team to the national championship game. Seferian-Jenkins becomes the first Mackey Award winner from Washington and third from the Pac-12.
After earning their first win of the season over Warren Wilson College (N.C.) on Nov. 14, the Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats were excited about the prospects of another win when they traveled to the Tar Heel State on Friday night.
The Rossville Middle School girls' basketball team fell at Dade County, 40-11, on Thursday evening.
ROSSVILLE - Wrestling fans got their money's worth on Thursday as a large and loud crowd at Rossville Middle School were treated to a pair of entertaining matches between local rivals.
The Gordon Lee Middle School wrestling team continued prepping for the North Georgia Athletic Conference Duals with a 52-27 win at LaFayette on Thursday evening.
The Gordon Lee Middle School basketball teams both added to their win totals with North Georgia Athletic Conference victories at Saddle Ridge on Thursday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexually assaulting a woman who accused him of raping her about a year ago, a prosecutor said Thursday.
State Attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement at a news conference, saying there was not enough evidence to win a conviction.
"After reviewing all the evidence in the case, we did not feel like we could meet that burden," Meggs said.
A search warrant from January, released hours before the news conference, detailed the woman's accusations for the first time. She told police she and friends had five to six shots at a bar and her "memory is very broken from that point forward." She said she remembered being in a cab with a "non-descript" black man and going into an apartment where she was raped.
The woman didn't identify Winston, who is black, until about a month after the alleged assault.
Winston, 19, has led the Seminoles to a No. 1 ranking and a shot at a national championship if they defeat Duke on Saturday.
Many Heisman voters were waiting to see whether Winston will be charged with a crime before casting their ballots. The deadline for ballots is Monday, and the trophy is awarded Dec. 14.
The details of the alleged rape were contained in a search warrant for cellphone records, including text messages. It was dated Jan. 16, six days after the woman identified Winston.
The warrant said she tried to fight the man off, and at some point, another man came into the room and told him to stop. But the two went into a bathroom "where he completed the act."
Her next memory was of the suspect dressing her, putting her on a scooter and dropping her off at a campus intersection. She said she had no idea where the alleged assault took place.
In the short time since Meggs' office took over the case, investigators have taken DNA from Winston, interviewed the alleged victim and looked at other evidence.
Meggs said DNA found in the accuser's underwear matched Winston. Winston's attorney, Timothy Jansen, has suggested Winston had consensual sex with the accuser and he expects the prosecutor will exonerate his client.
Jansen planned to address the media later Thursday.
Patricia Carroll, the attorney representing the alleged victim, has not responded to requests for comment. Her office is expected to release a brief statement after the prosecutor's announcement.
The alleged sexual assault was first reported to police on Dec. 7, 2012. The family has said the alleged victim did not know the identity of her attacker until early January. Police said last week that they tried to interview Winston in January but that Jansen at the time told them his client would not answer questions.
The family has been sharply critical of the way Tallahassee police have handled the case. They said they pushed to have a DNA sample taken from Winston, only to be told by a police detective that it would alert Winston and make the case public. The family said Carroll was warned by police that Tallahassee is a "big football town, and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable."
Tallahassee police have defended their handling of the case and said it was placed on inactive status in February after police were told the alleged victim did not wish to prosecute the case. Carroll has denied that the woman wanted to drop the investigation.
The alleged victim was an FSU student, but she left school last month.
Associated Press writer Kareem Copeland contributed to this story.
The Gordon Lee Middle School wrestling team slipped past Eastbrook, 42-41, for a road victory in Dalton on Tuesday.
Freshman forward Charron Woodley had a breakout game on Wednesday night, scoring 19 points to lift the Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats to a 71-56 win over visiting Covenant College at the Winthrop-King Centre on the Shorter University campus.
The Gordon Lee Middle School Lady Trojans used an 18-5 run covering the last 30 seconds of the first quarter and all of the second quarter to defeat the Chattanooga Valley Lady Eagles, 41-31, on Tuesday night.
The Saddle Ridge Mat Mustangs came up on the short end of a pair of middle school wrestling matches at Dade County on Tuesday night.
The Rossville Middle School Lady Bulldogs grabbed 41 rebounds and collected 15 steals as they moved to 2-1 overall with a 34-9 win at Saddle Ridge on Tuesday.
After two tough losses to begin the season, the Gordon Lee Middle School Trojans took out some frustration on visiting Chattanooga Valley Tuesday night, doubling up the Eagles, 56-28, in a North Georgia Athletic Conference game.
LAFAYETTE - The season may only be three games old, but LaFayette Middle School head coach Seth Cardwell can already appreciate what a 3-0 start means for his team.
For 11 years, Herman Weaver made a name for himself by booming punts high in the sky over the National Football League stadiums.
The 5 and 6 year-old Summerville Indians scored one touchdown in each quarter and claimed the North Georgia Youth Football League Super Bowl IV trophy on Saturday with a 27-0 victory over Trion White at Ringgold High School.
The LaFayette Middle School Ramblers scored the final five points of the game and edged out county rival Gordon Lee, 38-36, in a North Georgia Athletic Conference boys' basketball showdown on Thursday night.
The Gordon Lee Middle School Trojans prepped for Saturday Heritage Duals by edging out Heritage and Chattanooga Valley during a Thursday evening tri-match in Ringgold.
Longtime rivals squared off in Flintstone on Thursday night and it was the homestanding Chattanooga Valley Middle School using a 9-0 run in the final two minutes to pull away and beat Rossville, 27-18, North Georgia Athletic Conference girls' basketball action.
The LaFayette Middle School wrestling team traveled to Trenton on Thursday and came home with a 51-21 victory over Dade County.
The Saddle Ridge Mat Mustangs ran up against two solid teams at home on Thursday, losing to traditional powers Ringgold (78-6) and Baylor (71-9).