Thursday, January 13, 2005
Junior safety changes mind about draft
ESPN.com news services
Tennessee: Safety Jason Allen will stay
for his senior season instead of heading to the NFL after leading
the SEC in tackles as a junior.
"I have made a decision to stay here at the University of
Tennessee another year," Allen said Thursday. "I feel like we're
going to definitely be one of the best teams out there in the
He had 123 tackles, two interceptions and forced three fumbles
this season. He was a third-team All-American and graduated in
Ohio State: Ohio State president Karen Holbrook has
appointed a 15-member search committee to find a replacement for
retiring athletic director Andy Geiger.
The university announced the committee Thursday.
The committee includes two athletes -- football player Brandon
Mitchell and volleyball player Jackie Schardt. Two-time Heisman
Trophy winner Archie Griffin, a longtime associate AD, is also on
Geiger says he will step down on June 30th.
The committee's chairman is Joe Alutto, dean of Ohio State's
college of business. The coaches on the committee are men's
lacrosse coach Joe Breschi and women's soccer coach Lori Walker.
Tami Longaberger, chair of the board of trustees, is also on the
Holbrook also says a search firm has been hired to assist the
Colorado: One of the state's top high school players says he is headed to the Buffaloes.
Tailback Maurice Greer, who led Mullen to the Class 5A state
championship and rushed for more than 2,000 yards, made a verbal
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Greer is ranked No. 13 among national
recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's top 25 tailbacks. He said the
biggest factors in his choice was playing near family and a
"trust" in coach Gary Barnett and the rest of the Colorado staff.
Grand jury materials ordered released to indicted recruiting aide: The only person indicted in the university's football scandal won the right to review all
materials from a grand jury that investigated the scandal but lost
a bid to have the case suspended based on alleged leaks from the
The materials ordered released could include transcripts of
conversations between prosecutors and grand jurors, testimony by
witnesses, and a fraud investigator's report on the CU athletic
department's finances and a private foundation.
Nathan Maxcey, 28, was charged with soliciting a prostitute and
embezzlement of public property by misusing his university-issued
cell phone. Maxcey, who flew in from Texas to attend the hearing,
did not enter a plea and refused to comment to reporters afterward.
"I don't know if there is any information in that material that
may be exculpatory for Mr. Maxcey," Maxcey's attorney Patrick
Mulligan argued before the judge. "But there is a great wealth of
additional (material) that I need to parse through to determine
what may or may not be relevant."
District Judge Daniel Hale ordered the material released under
seal, meaning only Mulligan and his investigators have access to
Arizona: Former Oklahoma quarterback and current
Sooners graduate assistant Josh Heupel has been hired as a full-time
assistant at Arizona.
Heupel confirmed the hiring in an interview with the Tulsa
World, Arizona head coach Mike Stoops, a former OU defensive
coordinator, will formally announce the hiring soon.
Heupel said he will coach tight ends and either offensive
tackles or fullbacks.
"The opportunity at Arizona is a unique one," Heupel said,
"and one I'm excited about.
"It's a place where I'll be able to go in and look for some
more ideas offensively with an upstart program."
Arizona was just 3-8 last season, Stoops' first, but won two of
its last three games, including an upset over ranked opponent Arizona
State in the season finale.
The Wildcats current recruiting class is ranked by some as among
the top 20 in the nation.
Heupel transferred to OU from Snow (Utah) Junior College and
after a 7-5 season in 1999 he led the Sooners to a 13-0 record and
the 2000 national championship. He still holds school records for
most 300-yard games (eight), 400-yard games (two) and consecutive
games with a touchdown pass (25).
LSU: Left offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth
has decided to stay for his senior season, forgoing a chance
to enter the NFL draft.
Whitworth said Wednesday that he was optimistic about new coach Les Miles' goals for the program -- and the commitment of the other
upcoming seniors. He said he made the decision after meeting with
Miles and talking with friends, family, an NFL advisory committee
and his teammates.
"It's definitely something we have on our minds, to be
successful, and we're going to make sure we get that done," said
Whitworth, a former standout at West Monroe High School.
Miles, who succeeded Nick Saban as LSU coach on Jan. 3, was
pleased by Whitworth's decision
"Anytime you postpone wealth for what is the common good of a
team, to extend a college career and enjoy college for another
year, to be a kid again and not have to worry about being a
paycheck guy, it takes a guy with real values, who understands
perspective and intangibles," Miles said after Whitworth made his
Alabama: Quarterback Spencer Pennington
is leaving the team to focus on baseball.
Pennington, the team's No. 3 quarterback at the start of the
season, started the final seven games after starter Brodie Croyle
and backup Marc Guillon were injured.
"We went our separate ways, but in a positive manner,"
Pennington said Wednesday. "They were very supportive."
Pennington, a first baseman-outfielder, was redshirted in
baseball last season after separating his throwing shoulder and has
three years of eligibility left. He turned down a six-figure
signing bonus after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs.
Utah State: Coach Brent Guy has hired Greg
Stevens and Vance Vice as assistants.
Stevens has spent the last four seasons as offensive coordinator
and receivers coach at Stephen F. Austin under former coach Mike
Santiago, the Aggies' new offensive coordinator.
Stevens will coach receivers at Utah State.
Stevens grew up in Ephraim, Utah, and played quarterback at Snow
College and Eastern Oregon.
Stevens has also coached at Snow College, Eastern Arizona and
Vice played tight end at Oklahoma State when Guy was an
assistant coach for the Cowboys. He will coach Utah State's
offensive line after spending six years at Illinois State.
Vice has also coached at Murray State and Clemson.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.