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Ohio State's Tressel takes coach of year honor

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January 8, 2003

NEW ORLEANS -- Less than a week after winning the national championship, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was chosen Division I-A coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association on Tuesday.

Ohio State beat Miami 31-24 in double overtime Friday to win the national title in Tressel's second season as the Buckeyes' coach. It's the first time Ohio State has won the national championship since 1968.

Tressel, who won the award at I-AA Youngstown State, is the first coach to win it at different schools and different divisions.

Jack Harbaugh, who led Western Kentucky to a championship with 10 consecutive victories after a 2-3 start, won the I-AA award.

Grand Valley State's Brian Kelly earned the Division II honor, and Mount Union's Larry Kehres won in Division III.

ARKANSAS: Quarterback Matt Jones will not play basketball this season because of lingering shoulder and leg injuries.

CLEMSON: Receiver Roscoe Crosby and quarterback Willie Simmons will return next season.

FLORIDA: Sophomore walk-on quarterback Jeff Creveling will transfer to Valdosta State.

GEORGIA: Defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

LOUISVILLE: Coach Bobby Petrino hired six assistants, including quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm, who played at the school and for five NFL teams including the Bucs. Petrino's brother, Paul, was named offensive coordinator.

MIAMI: Tailback Willis McGahee was released from the hospital two days after surgery to repair a knee injury that will prevent him from turning pro this year. His surgeon, Dr. John Uribe, said McGahee should fully recover but did not offer a timetable.

PENN STATE: Coach Joe Paterno and athletic director Tim Curley are satisfied with a review of officiating by the Big Ten. Penn State called for a review after a call in the Nittany Lions' 27-24 overtime loss Oct. 12 at Michigan. An official called wide receiver Tony Johnson out on a catch that would have put Penn State in position to win in regulation. Replays appeared to show Johnson making the catch inbounds. "I appreciate the detailed review the conference staff did with the information we had regarding the games involving Michigan," Paterno said in a statement. "I do regret that some of my comments may have been interpreted to question the personal or professional integrity of the involved officials."

WESTERN MICHIGAN: Former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Cubit is transferring to the school.

TENNESSEE: Coach Phillip Fulmer was elected president of the AFCA. Fulmer succeeds Minnesota coach Glen Mason.

OBITUARY: Vic Bottari, a former California star who was MVP of the 1938 Rose Bowl, died in Walnut Creek, Calif. He was 86.

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