Former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long is expected to become the next coach at San Diego State after spending four seasons as offensive coordinator...

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SAN DIEGO — Former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long is expected to become the next coach at San Diego State after spending four seasons as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma.

Long’s hiring could be announced as early as today, barring any unforeseen glitches, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because a deal was still pending.

In Norman, Okla., Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Long was in San Diego for a second interview, adding that a deal had not been finalized.

Long, 42, has been on Stoops’ staff for six seasons. Long is expected to replace Tom Craft, who was fired Dec. 5 after going 19-29 in four seasons.

Aztecs athletic director Jeff Schemmel has declined to comment on candidates.

While at Iowa, Long was runner-up to Bo Jackson of Auburn in voting for the 1985 Heisman Trophy. Long guided the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl that season.

Long will see plenty of San Diego in the coming weeks. Oklahoma will play Oregon in the Dec. 29 Holiday Bowl, and the Sooners will practice at San Diego State.

Appalachian State wins I-AA title

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Jason Hunter returned a fumble for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and Appalachian State won its first NCAA Division I-AA championship, beating Northern Iowa 21-16.

The Mountaineers (12-3) trailed most of the game and struggled offensively with starting quarterback Richie Williams, the Southern Conference offensive player of the year, playing through an injury.

Both teams were in the title game for the first time, and Northern Iowa (11-4) appeared to be en route to the trophy until the fourth quarter. The Panthers were ahead 16-14 when Appalachian State’s Marques Murrell sacked Eric Sanders and forced a fumble at the Northern Iowa 15. Hunter picked it up and ran in for a touchdown with 9:14 remaining.


• As expected, Colorado introduced new coach Dan Hawkins at a news conference in Boulder. The former Boise State coach, who replaces Gary Barnett, has a five-year deal that will guarantee him $900,000 a year.

Of the scandal-hampered Colorado program, Hawkins said, “There have been some scars, but we’ll get over that. So, let’s throw a little ‘Hawk Love’ out there and let’s get going.”

Buffaloes athletic director Mike Bohn was asked if Hawkins was the “home-run” candidate he has been talking about. Hawkins interrupted. “He better have been,” the new coach said, joking. “Just lie if it wasn’t.”

• Boise State promoted offensive coordinator Chris Petersen to replace Hawkins. Petersen will get a five-year contract for $2.5 million, pending approval from the Idaho Board of Education.

• Tailback Reggie Bush practiced for the first time since winning the Heisman Trophy, and said he will probably announce whether he will return to USC for his senior season a few days after the Jan. 4 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

“Right now, my main focus is beating Texas,” Bush said.

• Texas cornerback Cedric Griffin has talked with police, a lawyer advising the player said, amid reports authorities are investigating an alleged assault and a robbery they believe might have been committed by Longhorns athletes.

But police would not identify the suspects, say how many are being investigated or if they are members of the second-ranked Texas team.

Athletic director DeLoss Dodds said the university was surprised police released the allegations and that the school did not plan any action against the athletes.

• Texas A&M hired former Western Michigan coach Gary Darnell as defensive coordinator.

• Quarterback Tyler Emmert of Carroll College in Helena, Mont., won the NAIA player of the year award for the second time.