Sunday, December 09, 2001

Notre Dame close to hiring Ga. Tech coach

College football notebook

The Associated Press

        BOSTON — George O'Leary might be close to becoming the next Notre Dame football coach.

        New England Cable News reported Saturday night that Notre Dame offered the job to the Georgia Tech coach and hoped to make an announcement within 48 hours. Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White was not available for comment.

        “We've stuck to this all week. Regardless of what comments people have made, Kevin said we won't confirm, deny or discuss any of them. The next time there is something official from him is when we are ready to announce a coach,” John Heisler, Notre Dame's associate athletic director, told The Associated Press.

        O'Leary is 52-33 in seven season at Georgia Tech, including a 7-5 mark this year. The Yellow Jackets will play Stanford in the Seattle Bowl.

        Division III
Mount Union 35,
       St. John's (Minn.) 14
ALLIANCE, Ohio — Chuck Moore ran for 233 yards and three touchdowns as defending champion Mount Union beat St. John's of Minnesota 35-14 Saturday in the NCAA Division III semifinals.

        Mount Union (13-0) will face Bridgewater Saturday in the Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va. The Purple Raiders, seeking their sixth national title since 1993, have won 27 straight games and 80 of their past 81.

        Moore ran for 96 yards in the first quarter and had two 5-yard scoring runs to put the Purple Raiders up 14-0. He also had a 4-yard TD run in the final quarter.

        Mount Union quarterback Rob Adamson was 12-of-18 for 167 yards and two touchdowns, a 7-yard pass to Vince Ilacqua in the first quarter and a 20-yarder to Jason Candle with 12 seconds left in the half to give Mount Union a 28-0 lead. Candle had six catches for 122 yards.
       Mount Union's defense allowed only 19 yards in the first quarter and 60 for the half.

        The Johnnies (11-3) scored their touchdowns in the final quarter on a 7-yard run by Kent Crowley with 5:09 left and an 8-yard pass from backup quarterback Ross Denne to Charley Black with seven seconds left.

        Division II
North Dakota 17,
       Grand Valley State 14
FLORENCE, Ala. — Jed Perkerewicz scored on a 1-yard run with 29 seconds left as North Dakota (14-1) outlasted the Lakers for its first Division II title.

        Grand Valley State (13-1) appeared poised to win its first national title when quarterback Ryan Brady scored his second touchdown on a 12-yard run with 2:46 to play.

        North Dakota (14-1) then drove 80 yards in nine plays for the winning score.

        On fourth down with 38 seconds to play, Kelby Klosterman hit Luke Schleusner with a 58-yard pass to the 1. Perkerewicz scored on the next play.

        Starting quarterback Ryan Keating was 6-of-18 for 81 yards and two interceptions. Denne finished 4-of-7 passing for 52 yards and an interception.

        Josh Nelson had 17 carries for 55 yards for the Johnnies.


        Former offensive coordinator Tony Franklin has dropped his lawsuit against the school but not against former head coach Hal Mumme. Franklin filed the lawsuit in September, accusing Mumme of engaging in a “smear campaign” against him, and the school and its athletics association of wrongfully firing him after the team's 2-9 season. It then underwent an internal recruiting probe.

        “The university and Tony Franklin have resolved their differences and mutually agreed to conclude Coach Franklin's lawsuit against the university,” according to a statement released Saturday by UK president Lee Todd.

        Todd's statement said Franklin's settlement with the school has no effect on his lawsuit against Mumme.

        “We reached an agreement where they released the statement in return for me dropping the suit,” Franklin said.

        The settlement, announced in a statement by UK president Lee Todd, had no financial terms. Franklin said he filed it to clear his name, not to make money. “That's all I wanted all along, just the truth,” Franklin said. “It's a shame it took this long.”

        Five Kentucky assistants quit or were fired after the team went 2-9 in 2000. Mumme later resigned in the wake of an internal investigation into recruiting improprieties.


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