Ty Detmer, the third straight junior winner of the Heisman Trophy, claimed his award at the Downtown Athletic Club dinner in New York, saying he'll be back for another season if not for another statue.
"It'll be a different team and a whole new season," the Brigham Young quarterback said. "We're losing quite a few players. We've got a young team next year. I'm going to enjoy it now, while it's here." . . .
Notre Dame tackle Chris Zorich was named the winner of the Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman. Zorich beat out Outland Trophy-winner Russell Maryland of Miami, and tackles David Rocker of Auburn and Moe Gardner of Illinois. . . .
Jim Colletto, former offensive coordinator at Ohio State, was given a five-year contract as head football coach at Purdue, and said he would scrap the run-and-shoot offense used by his predecessor, Fred Akers. . . .
Alabama said it won't reconsider its decision to compete in the Fiesta Bowl, even though a state representative, Alvin Holmes, compared playing in Arizona to George Wallace's "stand in the schoolhouse door."
"We accepted a bid from the Fiesta Bowl after much thoughtful consideration, and we do not plan to change that," university spokeswoman Janet Griffith said.
Some college teams turned down an opportunity to play in the Jan. 1 game in Tempe after Arizona voters rejected a paid state holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., a former Montgomery, Ala., minister.