College football notes • New coach Dykes chooses former Northern California prep star.
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Freshman quarterback Jared Goff was picked to start for California by new coach Sonny Dykes.
Goff has been competing since the spring with redshirt freshman Zach Kline and junior Austin Hinder.
"We have had a fiercely contested competition for our starting quarterback position," Dykes said in a statement. "It's important to name a starter and give them the reps they need to be prepared to play. We feel that right now Jared Goff gives us the best chance to be successful as a team, but we are very fortunate to have three outstanding quarterbacks we feel we can be successful with."
Goff was a top recruit out of Marin Catholic High School in Novato, Calif. He graduated high school early and was able to participate in spring practice for Cal.
"I'm honored to get the chance to start for Cal and am looking forward to going out and helping the team win," Goff said. "I'm super excited and ready to get rolling. My competitors are great quarterbacks as well. It was a tremendous competition that has helped all of us become better quarterbacks."
The Golden Bears open the season at home against Northwestern on Aug. 31.
Buckeye gets offer
An Indiana prosecutor has offered Ohio State star cornerback Bradley Roby the opportunity to enter a pretrial diversion program that could result in a misdemeanor assault charge being dismissed. Roby was arrested this summer after an altercation outside a Bloomington bar. It was alleged that he made contact with an employee of the bar while being refused re-admittance after he had been taken outside in the wake of a fight.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller said Roby, a pivotal player in the Buckeyes' hopes in 2013, has yet to indicate whether he will accept the offer. Miller said the deal is available to first-time, misdemeanor violators and would require the charge to be dismissed if Roby isn't arrested in the next year.
A ruling by a Florida appeals court on Friday has reduced a $10 million damage award to $200,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a University of Central Florida football player who died following conditioning drills in 2008. The court, however, denied the University of Central Florida Athletic Association a new trial, which it also was seeking.
Vandy player indicted
A fifth Vanderbilt football player has been indicted for his alleged role in the rape of an unconscious student on campus. Metro Nashville (Tenn.) Police say 21-year-old Chris Boyd gave another defendant advice on how to cover up the crime. Vanderbilt released a statement Friday saying he had been suspended from the team pending further review. Four other players already have been dismissed.
Clemson University police have arrested two more North Carolina men in the vandalism to Howard's Rock inside the football stadium. Police arrested 46-year-old Michael J. Rogers of Pisgah Forest, N.C., and 17-year-old Alden James Gainey of Brevard, N.C., Friday and charged them with felony counts of conspiracy and obstructing justice. Rogers' son, 18-year-old Micah Rogers, had previously been arrested in the incident.