Around the Nation (Dec. 10): Ohio State's Hankins giving up senior season

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Ohio State's Hankins declares for draft

COLUMBUS -- All-Big Ten defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has announced he will give up his senior season at Ohio State to make himself available for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Hankins appeared in 38 games the past three years and started every game the past two seasons. He was fourth on the team in tackles in 2011 with 67, including 11 for minus yardage. This past season he was fifth in tackles with 55, including four tackles for a loss.

The 6-foot-3, 322-pounder ends his Buckeyes career with 138 tackles, including 161⁄2 tackles for a loss and five quarterback sacks.

Colorado hires San Jose State's MacIntyre

DENVER -- Mike MacIntyre is leaving San Jose State to coach the University of Colorado football team.

The school announced Monday that MacIntyre signed a five-year deal. He'll be introduced at a 4 p.m. MST news conference at Folsom Field.

His hiring ends a two-week search by Colorado that included a rejection by its first choice, Butch Jones.

Sources: Gamecocks' Lattimore going pro

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- People familiar with the decision say injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL Draft.

One person said Monday that Lattimore is expected to announce his decision later this week. The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there has not been an official announcement of Lattimore's decision.

The running back suffered a horrific injury to his right knee against Tennessee on Oct. 27. Doctors say Lattimore had successful surgery to repair several ligaments on Nov. 2.

Lattimore injured his left knee in 2011 as a sophomore. He rushed for 662 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, both team highs. He is South Carolina's career leader with 41 TDs.

Western Kentucky hires Petrino as coach

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Bobby Petrino has arrived at Western Kentucky and says he and his wife Becky "consider this coming home."

Petrino was introduced Monday as the new Hilltoppers' football coach. The 51-year-old Petrino replaces Willie Taggart, who left WKU last week to become South Florida's coach.

Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas and is 75-26 overall as a college head coach. He was fired by Arkansas in April for a "pattern of misleading" behavior following a motorcycle accident. Petrino had an affair with former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who he later hired as a football assistant had gave $20,000 in gifts. Petrino said initially he was the only person on the motorcycle but later admitted to Dorrell's presence.

Slumping Ravens fire offensive coordinator

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Cam Cameron has been fired as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, who have lost two straight and are still striving for consistency in the running and passing game.

Cameron ran the team's offense since the start of the 2008 season, when current coach Jim Harbaugh replaced Brian Billick. Since that time, the Ravens' attack has repeatedly taken a back seat to the team's defense.

QB coach Jim Caldwell will take over. He was the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11.

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