GREENSBORO — Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd is the Atlantic Coast Conference’s overall and offensive player of the year, and Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner is the league’s top defensive player.
Boyd won both of his awards by one vote over North Carolina running back Gio Bernard. Boyd received 20 of a possible 46 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association while Bernard had 19. Boyd had 22 votes for the offensive award to Bernard’s 21.
“One point?” Boyd said, smiling. “I’ll take it.”
Kentucky: Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops has been hired as the Wildcats’ football coach.
Stoops replaces Joker Phillips, who was fired on Nov. 4. Phillips went 13-24 in three seasons at Kentucky and the Wildcats were 0-8 in the Southeastern Conference this year.
LSU: Les Miles has a new seven-year contract at LSU that also will result in a pay raise for one of the most successful coaches in program history.
The new contract runs through 2019,, which amounts to a two-year extension, and includes pay in the range of $4.3 million.
Penn State: Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien on Tuesday was named the Big Ten’s coach of the year, earning allocates from fellow coaches and the sportswriters reporting on the conference.
O’Brien replaced Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno, who was fired last year in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against now imprisoned assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
O’Brien led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record, going 6-2 in conference play.
Diversity: A new study of the racial and gender makeup of leadership and coaching positions among the Football Bowl Subdivision membership shows it remains largely white and male.
The report Wednesday by the Institute for the Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida says that 100 percent of FBS conference commissioners, 76 percent of school president positions, and 84 percent of athletic director positions are currently held by white men.
The report shows a decline in the percentage of women in campus leadership positions with a slight increase in the representation of people of color, especially for Latinos and Asians.
There were 18 minority FBS head coaches to begin the season, down from an all-time high of 19 last year.