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CORAL GABLES -- Three Miami starters, including left tackle Bryant McKinnie, had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday but are expected to be ready for the Jan. 3 national championship game.
McKinnie, a 6-foot-9, 335-pound senior lineman who has never given up a sack, injured his left knee during top-ranked Miami's 26-24 win Saturday at Virginia Tech.
Defensive tackle William Joseph and linebacker Chris Campbell also had knee surgery Monday to remove loose bodies.
DOCKETT HONORED: Florida State sophomore defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, who tied a school single-game record with five tackles for a loss in Saturday's win against Georgia Tech, was named the ACC's defensive line player of the week.
PLAYER DIES: William Yarocki, a senior defensive tackle for C.W. Post and the ECAC Player of the Year in 2000, died at his home Friday in Brookville, N.Y. A statement from the school did not list a cause of death. It said Yarocki, 22, had a season-ending knee injury in Post's Oct. 13 game against Merrimack.
FURMAN: Running back Louis Ivory will miss Saturday's second-round Division I-AA playoff game against Lehigh because of an injured left knee.
KENTUCKY: Athletic director Larry Ivy informed first-year coach Guy Morriss and the team that the coaching staff would remain intact next season, despite consecutive 2-9 seasons.
NOTRE DAME: Athletic director Kevin White packed his bags and headed off in search of a new coach. If history is a guide, it won't take long. "He will come back with a new coach, or at least having gotten some things accomplished toward finding a new coach," associate athletic director John Heisler said. Heisler said he didn't know where White was headed or how long he would be gone. White's last high-profile search for a coach was quick. In July 2000, he left South Bend late on a Tuesday after Matt Doherty resigned, flew to Italy to interview P.J. Carlesimo and came back Friday morning with Mike Brey as basketball coach.
GALLERYFURNITURE.COM: Texas A&M accepted an invitation to play Dec. 28 in Houston. The Aggies will face the winner of Friday's C-USA game between TCU and Southern Miss.
HOLIDAY BOWL: No. 10 Texas accepted an invitation to play No. 20 Washington on Dec. 28 in San Diego.
HUMANITARIAN: WAC champion Louisiana Tech accepted an invitation to play Dec. 31 in Boise, Idaho. Among the opponents under are UCLA, Mississippi or Clemson (6-5).
INDEPENDENCE: Iowa State accepted a bid to play Dec. 27 in Shreveport, La. The opponent has not been determined, but it likely will be Arkansas if Tennessee beats LSU in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.
INSIGHT.COM: Kansas State accepted an invitation to play Syracuse on Dec. 29 in Phoenix.