COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, 3-0 as a college starter including a win in the national championship game, said he will return to the Buckeyes for his final two years of eligibility.

Jones called it a “very simple” decision, which he announced Thursday at a packed news conference at his former high school in Cleveland.

The move surprised many who expected the fanfare meant he would make himself available for the NFL draft.

In his only college starts, Jones led Ohio State to wins in the Big Ten title game, the Sugar Bowl and Monday night’s national title game.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder will return to vie for the quarterback job with Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett.

STANFORD: Quarterback Kevin Hogan will return as a fifth-year senior, opting to make one more run with the Cardinal next season instead of entering the NFL draft or pursuing other career paths.


UNE 88, GORDON 35: Alicia Brown scored a career-high 19 points, and the Nor’easters (10-2, 7-0 Commonwealth Coast Conference) easily handled the Fighting Scots (2-12, 0-7) at Biddeford.

Alanna Vose added 14 points for UNE, which ran its winning streak to five.

(1) SOUTH CAROLINA 60, MISSOURI 49: Tiffany Mitchell scored 19 points, Alaina Coates added 15 and South Carolina (17-0, 5-0 SEC) won at Missouri.

(8) MARYLAND 71, (24) RUTGERS 59: Laurin Mincy scored a season-high 24 points to lead visiting Maryland (14-2, 5-0 Big Ten) to its eighth straight victory.

(7) NOTRE DAME 89, (12) NORTH CAROLINA 79: Freshman Brianna Turner had 29 points and 18 rebounds as the Fighting Irish (16-2, 4-1 ACC) won on the road.

(6) TENNESSEE 54, AUBURN 42: Andraya Carter hit three first-half 3-pointers and scored 11 points to help the visiting Volunteers (15-2, 5-0 SEC) win their 11th straight.

(10) KENTUCKY 62, FLORIDA 56: Makayla Epps scored 20 points and made all eight of her free throws to keep host Kentucky (15-3, 4-1 SEC) ahead.


UNE 65, GORDON 59: C.J. Autry hit a 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining to break a 59-all tie and send the Nor’easters (5-9, 3-4 CCC) past the Fighting Scots (6-8, 3-4) at Biddeford. Devin Thompson and Evrim Ozkan each had 12 points for UNE.

(7) WISCONSIN 70, NEBRASKA 55: Frank Kaminsky scored 22 points in his return from a concussion and the host Badgers (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) beat Nebraska (10-7, 2-3).

(10) ARIZONA 68, COLORADO 54: Stanley Johnson scored 22 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 14 and Arizona (15-2, 3-1 Pac-12) pulled away at home.