COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Bulldogs Boykin and Glenn to return for senior seasons; Auburn will celebrate national title Jan. 22; LSU extends Miles through 2017.

Photo by Mike Phillips

Photo by Mike Phillips

ATHENS -- University of Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin of Fayetteville and offensive guard Cordy Glenn of Riverdale have both decided to return for their senior year with the Bulldogs.

"This is exciting news for Georgia and for Brandon and Cordy," said UGA head coach Mark Richt. "I think they have both made wise decisions for the right reasons and will be important senior leaders for us this coming year. We're recruiting 24/7 right now but these two are a big part of our 'recruiting class.'"

"After meeting with my family and coaches, I was able to put a lot of things into perspective," said Boykin. "First of all, I want to be part of getting Georgia back into the championship hunt. Coming back will also give me a chance to get my degree before entering the draft and another year of experience will only make me a better player as well."

Boykin has played in 39 games over the past three years including 24 starts. He has recorded 104 total tackles and six career interceptions. His three career 100-yard kickoff returns make him the only player in SEC history with three 100-yard plays of any kind. He also ranks No. 1 in school history for career kickoff return yards with 1,813 on 72 returns and four TDs (his four kickoff return TDs ties an SEC record).

"I want to come back for several reasons including helping our team get back on track to where we want to be," said Glenn. "Coming back will also give me a chance to improve my draft stock and get closer to my degree which is important to me and my family."

Glenn has started 34 games including a team-leading 32 straight among 2011 offensive returnees. He was also part of an offense that scored more than 30 points in seven consecutive games in 2010 including against five SEC opponents, a school record.



AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn will hold a celebration for the Tigers' national championship Jan. 22 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The event will last about an hour. Admission is free, and students will be allowed to stand on the field.

The Tigers will cap it with a reverse Tiger Walk from the stadium toward the athletic complex.

A limited number of national championship posters will be handed out free as fans exit the stadium.

Auburn secured its first national championship since 1957 on Monday night with a 22-19 win against Oregon.



BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU and Les Miles agreed in principle to a new contract Wednesday that will run through the 2017 season.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva says Miles' annual pay of a little more than $3.75 million will remain the same.

Miles, who met with Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon on Monday about a coaching vacancy the Wolverines had at the time, says Baton Rouge is home to his family now and that staying at LSU is "the right thing to do."


FORCIER OUT AT UM: Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said quarterback Tate Forcier was no longer with the program as of Wednesday.

Brandon made the announcement during a news conference after introducing Brady Hoke as the new coach for college football's winningest team.

Forcier was academically ineligible to play for the Wolverines in the Gator Bowl.

Forcier backed up Denard Robinson last season after starting ahead of him when they were both freshmen during the 2009 season. Forcier threw for 2,647 yards with 17 touchdowns.


OSU STARS STAYING: All-America receiver Justin Blackmon and quarterback Brandon Weeden are coming back to Oklahoma State for another season.

The duo who rewrote the Cowboys' offensive record book held a joint news conference Wednesday to announce they'd return for the 2011 season.

The pair helped propel the Cowboys to their first 11-win season, which wrapped up with a 36-10 win against Arizona in the Alamo Bowl. Blackmon set Oklahoma State records with 111 catches for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, while Weeden had a school-record 4,277 yards passing with 34 TDs.