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Jacksonville sheriff investigates player's arrest

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December 30, 2002

JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The Jacksonville sheriff has ordered internal affairs officials to investigate the arrest of Notre Dame linebacker Chad DeBolt because of bruises he sustained when picked up for causing a disturbance at a nightclub.

Police arrested DeBolt after workers at the Ocean Club said he refused to leave early Friday morning. The Notre Dame senior faces a trespassing charge.

DeBolt, 22, of Waterloo, N.Y., was bruised and bloody in his booking photo, and at least one witness said he didn't look that way before he was arrested.

"I want to know what happened," Sheriff Nat Glover said. "We have people resist over there (in jail) and it's not something that is unusual, but we need to look into this one."

Glover said that so far, investigators have found nothing to indicate that sheriff's officers acted improperly, the Florida Times-Union reported.

KENTUCKY: The Wildcats will introduce their new coach today, amid reports that former Oregon and St. Louis Rams coach Rich Brooks was hired. Associate athletic director Greg Byrne said the school will make an announcement, but he would not confirm Brooks has the job. Byrne said Brooks was in town Sunday. "I'd rather not say any more than that," said Byrne, the son of former Oregon athletic director Bill Byrne. Brooks worked with the elder Byrne for 11 years.

MARYLAND: E.J. Henderson had a perfect spot picked out to display the Butkus Award he received as the nation's top linebacker.

His mother had a different idea.

Henderson planned to keep the award in a trophy case on campus next to the award Ralph Friedgen won last season as coach of the year -- at least for a short time.

"But my mom made me take it home, because she figured she'd probably never see it again," Henderson said.

Not to worry; Friedgen said the school was trying to have a replica made.

"When I came back and announced to the team that E.J. had won the award, there was just tremendous jubilation by the whole team," Friedgen said. "They were just so proud. They feel like they were a part of that, and they wanted E.J. to win that award very badly."

Henderson, who passed up a chance to enter the NFL draft last spring, was a first-team AP All-American. He ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 163 tackles and tied for the team lead with 61/2 sacks.

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