Friday, January 14, 2005
Wright wants to help 'Horns win BCS title game
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Texas: Defensive tackle Rod Wright and strong safety Michael Huff said Friday they will stay at Texas for their senior seasons instead of entering the NFL draft.
Wright was projected by some draft analysts as a possible first- or second-round pick. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, he was second among Longhorns defensive linemen last season with 36 tackles. Texas went 11-1 and won the Rose Bowl.
Wright said he wanted to help Texas get back to the Rose Bowl, which will host the Bowl Championship Series title game next season.
"I thought about being somewhere, in some cold city by myself, watching this team win a national championship," he said.
Huff had 73 tackles and two interceptions last season.
Saturday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft.
The decisions by Wright and Huff mean less rebuilding on defense for head coach Mack Brown, who must replace All-American linebacker Derrick Johnson and hire a new defensive co-coordinator and new defensive ends coach.
Last season's co-coordinator, Greg Robinson, is now the head coach at Syracuse. Defensive ends coach Dick Tomey left to become the head coach at San Jose State.
Washington: There are a number of incentives in the contract for new University of Washington football coach Tyrone Willingham.
The Seattle Times acquired a copy of the five-year contract that guarantees $1.4 million a year. Incentives include a $25,000 bonus if Washington wins the Pac-10 title, $10,000 if Willingham is named Pac-10 coach of the year or $20,000 for national coach of the year.
Other incentives would give Willingham $25,000 if the team grade-point average is 2.7 or above and $2,500 for every Husky named to the All-Pac-10 academic team.
Willingham would also receive $20,000 if attendance at Husky Stadium increases by 10 percent from last year. He would receive $20,000 if annual donations by Tyee Club members increase by 10 percent.
Notre Dame: Tim Brown could return to his alma mater as director of football operations, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Brown, who was a backup for the Buccaneers this season, is expected to retire after 17 seasons in the NFL. He has 1,094 catches for 14,934 yards and 100 touchdowns.
He won the Heisman and Walter Camp trophies in 1987 as a Notre Dame receiver.
''It is a brilliant move for Notre Dame recruiting,'' recruiting analyst Tom Lemming told the Sun-Times. ''Brown wants to go back to the place he loves. He has a love for Notre Dame and wants to be a part of the program and wants to learn the college game again.''
Memphis: Tailback DeAngelo Williams will return for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft.
The two-time Conference USA offensive player of the year announced his decision Friday.
Williams, a third-team All-American, ran for 1,948 yards on 313 carries and scored 22 touchdowns in 2004.
He led the Tigers to an 8-4 season and a bid to the GMAC Bowl. It was the first time in school history that Memphis has been to back-to-back bowls.
The 5-foot-10, 217-pounder is the school's career leader in rushing.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.