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RB Gore skips senior season at Miami

By Associated Press
Published January 8, 2005

MIAMI - Running back Frank Gore is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft, becoming the second Hurricane in as many days to make that jump.

"I think it's time to move on," Gore said Friday. He has already signed with agent David Levine.

Roscoe Parrish, Miami's leading receiver this season, made his decision to leave school on Thursday.

Miami coach Larry Coker was among those who said Gore's stock would considerably rise if he stayed for 2005. Gore had two major knee injuries in college, and was occasionally slowed by knee trouble this season. He still had a team-best 945 yards, capping a career in which he ran for 1,975 yards and 17 touchdowns.

But Gore has a 2-year-old son and a mother who is seriously ill with kidney disease .

"Me and my mom talked (Thursday) night, and then I just sat down and made my decision," said Gore, who acknowledged that his mother's wish for him to leave school early played a huge role in his choice.

WEIS GETS STARTED: New coach Charlie Weis, hired last month to replace the fired Tyrone Willingham, hopes to begin the task of turning around Notre Dame's football fortunes this weekend by hosting some recruits on campus while on a break from his duties as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.

Weis said he has had some good talks with Irish defensive end Justin Tuck, who is considering declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft. Weis said he would try to help him make an informed decision.

AUBURN: Mark Richard, the associate athletic director for compliance, said a review of the financial records for team chaplain Chette Williams' nonprofit organization found only potential secondary violations involving Fellowship of Christian Athletes events.

He said Chette Williams Ministries Inc. spent $704 for meals at three FCA events and $400 for a bus ride to an event last summer. He said the payments could be a potential violation since NCAA rules don't allow a school or an "athletically related organization" from paying such expenses.

"It's a minor thing," said Richard. A New York Times column last week questioned his links to powerful Auburn trustee Bobby Lowder, a Montgomery, Ala., banker who has donated $90,000 to Williams' foundation over the past three years.

BYU: Former quarterback Brandon Doman returned to the Cougars, joining new coach Bronco Mendenhall's staff as quarterbacks coach.

DUKE: Maryland running backs coach Bill O'Brien has been hired as offensive coordinator.

MISSOURI: Running back Damien Nash will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

PITT: David Walker, Syracuse's running backs coach, is leaving to join coach Dave Wannstedt's staff. Walker has been coaching at Syracuse since 1995 after a career as star fullback for the Orangemen.

UCLA: Quarterback Drew Olson underwent knee surgery. Olson damaged the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee when he was sacked in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 23.

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