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Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Byyny was chancellor for 8 years

Associated Press

Colorado: Richard Byyny, chancellor of the University of Colorado's flagship Boulder campus, announced his resignation Tuesday after eight years that included a football recruiting scandal and steep cuts in state funding.

Byyny, 65, will become executive director of a new health policy center at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora on March 1.

He and his boss, university president Elizabeth Hoffman, both insisted he was not leaving because of the football scandal.

"I'm very excited about the new opportunity," said Byyny, a physician and former head of internal medicine for CU's medical school.

A lesser reason for leaving, he said, was the state's inability to stabilize funding for higher education. CU has lost $30 million in state funding over three years, he said.

Byyny is the second high-ranking university official to step down since the recruiting scandal shook the 29,000-student campus in January. Athletics Director Dick Tharp resigned last month, saying he had done nothing wrong.

Both men were sharply criticized by an independent commission for alleged lax oversight as some football players arranged for sex, drugs and alcohol for recruits.

Brigham Young: Assistants Todd Bradford and Mike Emepy will not be part of new coach Bronco Mendenhall's staff, the school announced.

Emepy, the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator under former coach Gary Crowton, and receivers coach Bradford were let go.

Mendenhall, who is keeping his role as defensive coordinator, immediately hired former Cougars offensive lineman Robert Anae as the new offensive coordinator.

"Todd and Mike are close friends of mine, and are both excellent coaches," Mendenhall said in a release. "Simply, the administration determined there was a need for the new staff to have the flexibility to find coaches who would best match our new offensive scheme."

Utah State: New coach Brent Guy named Jeff Copp to his coaching staff.

Copp played under Guy when he was the defensive coordinator at Boise State. Copp was a defensive end for the Broncos. He also was a graduate assistant at Arizona State while Guy was the Sun Devils' defensive coordinator.

Copp coached defensive ends at Idaho State this season. His role on the Aggies staff was not announced.

He joins Tom McMahon and John Rushing, who Guy retained from the previous Utah State coaching staff.

Marshall: Linebacker Dionte Wilson has been suspended for the Fort Worth Bowl for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Wilson, a senior, ranked fourth on the team in tackles this season. Coach Bob Pruett said sophomore Matt Couch will replace Wilson when Marshall (6-5) plays Cincinnati (6-5) on Dec. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Couch has missed practice time lately with a sore shoulder.