USC hopes to hire its next football coach in December, and Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has emerged as the top target, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.Sumlin, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, Boise State coach Chris Petersen, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and Denver Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio are the most frequent names associated with USC. Current Trojans coach Ed Orgeron will also be considered but is not expected to get the job.Pac-12 Network analyst Rick Neuheisel said Sumlin is ideal for USC.“I’m hearing lot of names around the NFL, but I would say a guy like Kevin Sumlin might be the perfect choice,” Neuheisel told the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday.He makes $3.1 million at Texas A&M and could probably double his salary at USC. Renovation approvedTCU’s board of trustees approved a $45 million renovation to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, athletics director Chris Del Conte said Friday evening.The money was privately donated and construction begins in March at the conclusion of the basketball season. Ed and Rae Schollmaier kicked off the fundraising campaign with a lead donation of $10 million last spring.The arena opened in 1961 and has had very few modifications since. The renovations will include new locker rooms, team meeting rooms and training rooms. The concourse will be widened and a courtside club is planned on the floor level.The new look of the building’s facade will complement the art deco style of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Oregon QB injuredOregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who was wearing a brace during the Ducks’ 26-20 loss to Stanford on Thursday night, has a partial sprain of the MCL in his left knee, ESPN reported. Mariota, a Heisman Trophy contender, said he was playing on a left knee that was a “little banged up.” He finished 20-of-34 passing for 250 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Ducks (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12), No. 3 in the BCS standings, fell short at No. 5 Stanford (8-1, 6-1).Television station KVAL of Eugene, Ore., initially reported before Thursday’s game that Mariota was wearing the brace because of the MCL injury.Lombardi AwardTexas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews and Baylor guard Cyril Richardson, a North Crowley graduate, are two of 12 semifinalists for the 2013 Lombardi Award.The other semifinalists, announced Friday: UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, Brigham Young linebacker Kyle Van Noy and Stanford offensive tackle David Yankey.UNT soccer in finalSophomore Lindsey Hulstein scored a goal off a Tori Adame assist in the second overtime and Haley Riley made four saves in goal as North Texas beat Charlotte 1-0 in the Conference USA soccer semifinals in Houston.Sunday’s 1 p.m. final will match UNT (14-6-1) against Colorado College (14-4-2), which defeated East Carolina 5-0 in Friday’s first semifinal.UTA volleyball falls UT Arlington, 15-13 overall and 8-7 in the Sun Belt Conference, fell to host South Alabama 3-1 in SBC volleyball. Amanda Welsh had 22 assists and Charmaine Whitmore had 14 blocks.Briefly• TCU equestrian: No. 3-ranked TCU lost to No. 6 New Mexico State 9-6 and was leading South Dakota State 4-2-2 in a two-day event in Las Cruces, N.M.• TCU swimming and diving: The Frogs’ women won at Iowa State 160.5-139.5, winning eight events. • Michigan football: Offensive lineman Taylor Lewan won’t face discipline from the Big Ten for twisting the face mask of a Michigan State player during last week’s game, ESPN reported. • Rutgers basketball: Freshman forward Junior Etou was suspended for six games by the NCAA for accepting impermissible benefits from a third party. The university announced the suspension of the player from the Congo hours before the Scarlet Knights played their first game under new coach Eddie Jordan. • Eastern Michigan football: Coach Ron English was fired with three games left and replaced with Stan Parrish for the rest of the season.