- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

From combines dispatches

Standing behind the same podium where quarterback Tim Tebow delivered his now-famous promise 14 months and 21 wins ago, coach Urban Meyer vowed Monday to be at Florida “as long as they’ll have me.”

With rumors swirling about Charlie Weis’ future at Notre Dame, Meyer squashed any potential speculation about leaving Gainesville for South Bend, Ind.

“I’m ready to dispel it,” Meyer said. “I’m going to be the coach at Florida as long as they’ll have me. So I want to make that clear.”

TENNESSEE: Prosecutors dropped attempted aggravated robbery charges against Tennessee freshman safety Janzen Jackson.

The Knox County District Attorney’s office said Monday that charges would be dropped against the 18-year-old. Charges also were dropped against 22-year-old Marie Montmarquet, who had been accused of driving the getaway car.

The district attorney’s office said neither person knew the robbery was going to happen.

AWARDS: Florida’s Tim Tebow, Texas’ Colt McCoy and Alabama running back Mark Ingram are the finalists for the Maxwell Award that goes to the best all-around player in college football. Tebow won the past two Maxwells.

N.C. STATE: Offensive coordinator Dana Bible has been diagnosed with leukemia and won’t coach the Wolfpack’s season finale against No. 23 North Carolina.

WESTERN KENTUCKY: The Hilltoppers hired Stanford assistant Willie Taggart as their new football coach.

NORTHEASTERN: The Huskies are ending their football program after 74 seasons because the investment required to make it competitive was too high.

VIRGINIA TECH: Hokies guard Sergio Render was named the week’s top offensive lineman by the ACC, while linebacker Cody Grimm was named the week’s top defensive back after the win over N.C. State.

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