College football: Nicholls sticking with Charlie Stubbs

Nicholls State will retain coach Charlie Stubbs, Athletic Director Rob Bernardi announced Friday.

Stubbs, who led Nicholls to a 4-8 record this season, will be entering his fifth year at the helm of the Colonels program.

The Colonels defeated Western Michigan for their first victory of the season before going on to win three of their next four games. Nicholls started off conference play with a win over Northwestern State but ended the year on a six-game losing streak.

In four seasons under Stubbs, Nicholls has a 10-35 overall record.

Alabama

PETTWAY RETURNS TO TIDE: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., defensive lineman D.J. Pettway is returning to Alabama 10 months after he was dismissed from the Crimson Tide.

Alabama announced Friday that Pettway and fellow East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman Jarran Reed signed with the Tide and will enroll in January.

Pettway and three other Alabama players were dismissed in February after being charged in alleged robberies in Tuscaloosa. Pettway was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery but a judge cleared him to play in Mississippi.

He played for Alabama in 2011 and 2012. University spokeswoman Deborah Lane says the charges “are no longer pending.” She says Alabama granted Pettway’s petition to enroll again and said he has requirements he must fulfill to remain.

Pettway was a junior college All-American after recording 11.5 sacks and 47 tackles.

FCS semifinals

North Dakota State 52, New Hampshire 14: In Fargo, N.D., Brock Jensen threw three touchdown passes, and John Crockett ran for 196 yards to help North Dakota State overpower New Hampshire in the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals.

The two-time national champion Bison (14-0) advanced to the FCS title game Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas, against the winner of Saturday’s semifinal between Eastern Washington and Towson. Both teams are 12-2.

North Dakota State is trying to match Appalachian State’s string of three straight FCS crowns from 2005-07.

New Hampshire, which eliminated Southeastern Louisiana in the quarterfinals last week, finished 10-5.

Division III championship

WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER 52, MOUNT UNION 14: In Salem, Va., Matt Behrendt threw four touchdown passes, and Wisconsin-Whitewater’s defense stymied Gagliardi Trophy-winner Kevin Burke and Mount Union in winning the Division III championship Friday night.

Behrendt hit Jake Kumerow and Tyler Huber for two touchdowns each, and Jordan Ratliffe ran for a pair of scores as the Warhawks (15-0) continued their domination of the series between the two powerhouse programs in Division III.