NORMAL, Ill. -- Chris Dieker threw a 29-yard touchdown pass in overtime to lead Southern Illinois to a 17-10 win over Illinois State and clinch the Missouri Valley championship on Saturday.
Minutes after the loss, Illinois State coach Denver Johnson announced his resignation from the Redbirds (3-8, 2-6 MVFC), who he's coached for the last nine seasons. Johnson will be assigned to administrative duties for two months, and the school said a national search for his replacement will begin immediately.
Saturday's game the season finale for both teams.
Neither team scored in the first quarter, and Kyle Dougherty ended the scoring drought at the 11:15 mark in the second quarter by converting a 52-yard field goal attempt for the Salukis (9-2, 7-1 MVFC).
The teams were tied at 10 heading into overtime, and Illinois State couldn't respond to Dieker's touchdown pass to Ryan Kernes.
Steve Spurrier, the visor-slinging, slick-talking "Head Ball Coach" who is the second-winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history, announced his resignation on Tuesday.
USC athletic director Pat Haden spoke Tuesday about the decision to fire head coach Steve Sarkisian, calling it "very difficult," while also defending his handling of the situation.
Steve Sarkisian has been plagued of late by apparent substance-related circumstances, including arriving to team facilities appearing intoxicated Sunday, according to sources.
Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier has been suspended for the year after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance found in a supplement, coach Jim McElwain announced Monday.
Tennessee defensive tackle Shy Tuttle will miss the rest of the season with a broken fibula and torn ankle ligament.
Former NFL safety Tyler Sash died from an accidental overdose after mixing two powerful pain medications, and a history of injuries was a contributing factor, a medical examiner said.