** Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner had surgery on his left foot. Recovery time is four months, which could affect him for spring practice.
** Three Gophers have been granted releases. They are running back Berkley Edwards, wide receiver Desmond Gant and cornerback Craig James.
** Auburn has hired Kevin Steele to be defensive coordinator, even though yesterday’s bowl win made it appear the Tigers don’t need one. Steele was L.S.U.’s defensive coordinator this season.
Coach Gus Malzahn announced the hiring after Auburn’s 31-10 Birmingham Bowl win over Memphis.
** Steele replaces Will Muschamp, who departed after the regular season to become head coach at South Carolina.