Nevada Coach Chris Tormey was fired Sunday after failing to guide his team to a winning record in four seasons.
The firing came a day after No. 18 Boise State ended Nevada's season with a 56-3 victory. The Wolf Pack went 1-4 down the stretch to finish 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Nevada Athletic Director Chris Ault cited Tormey's overall record of 16-31 and failure to beat in-state rival Nevada Las Vegas as factors in his decision.
Green Bay Packer assistant coach Sylvester Croom has an offer to become the next football coach at Mississippi State, Athletic Director Larry Templeton said.
Templeton said he expected to hear back from Croom by this morning.
No. 21 West Virginia (8-4) accepted an invitation to play in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 against No. 24 Maryland (9-3) at Jacksonville, Fla.
Virginia Tech accepted a bid to play in the Insight Bowl, the Hokies' 11th consecutive bowl appearance.
The Hokies (8-4) will play a Pac-10 team to be determined Dec. 26 at Phoenix.
Boston College (7-5) accepted an invitation to play in the San Francisco Bowl on Dec. 31 against Colorado State (7-5).
Georgia Tech was selected by the Humanitarian Bowl, a day after it completed its regular season with a 34-17 loss to Georgia.
Western Athletic Conference champ Boise State, the Yellow Jackets' expected opponent, postponed its decision on a bowl after clinching the title. A university spokesman said Sunday that the school probably would end up accepting an invitation from the Humanitarian, which is played in its home stadium.
Pittsburgh (8-4), out of the top 25 for the second time this season after losing to No. 10 Miami, will play Virginia (7-5) in the Continental Tire Bowl on Dec. 27 at Charlotte, N.C.
Kansas (6-6) accepted a bid to the Tangerine Bowl. The Jayhawks will play North Carolina State (7-5) on Dec. 22.