TCU's Wacker named Minn. football coachJim Wacker was...

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December 28, 1991

TCU's Wacker named Minn. football coach

Jim Wacker was named football coach at Minnesota yesterday, as a five-year, $1.25 million contract and the chance to work in the Big Ten lured him from Texas Christian, where he had coached for nine seasons.

"The main reason is because, over the long haul, I can get to the Rose Bowl from Minnesota more consistently than to the Cotton Bowl from TCU," Wacker, 54, said. The Gophers last played in the Rose Bowl after the 1961 season, meaning Wacker faces a challenge similar to the one he faced at TCU -- rebuilding a program.

Wacker -- who is noted for his enthusiastic approach -- promised that he would win without cheating, graduate his athletes, recruit Minnesota and Texas especially hard, visit every community in the state, help the men's athletic department get back into the black, run a wide-open offense and return excitement to the program.

* Blockbuster Entertainment Corp. likely will withdraw its sponsorship of the Blockbuster Bowl after next year if a planned alliance involving four other bowls becomes reality, company chairman H. Wayne Huizenga says.

* University of Miami running back Martin Patton and teammate Solomon Moore pleaded innocent to charges in a credit-card fraud case. The two appeared in federal court to answer charges stemming from a grand jury indictment issued Dec. 17.

Boxing

Former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick, 39, who held the World Boxing Council title for eight months in 1986, was charged with grand theft and mortgage fraud in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is accused of having a woman pose as his wife to take out a $95,000 mortgage on a Miramar home he owned with his real wife, Fort Lauderdale police Sgt. John Calabro said.

Baseball

Charlotte, N.C., and Ottawa, Ontario, have been awarded Class AAA expansion franchises and will begin play in 1993, the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues announced. The two previously had been recommended for franchises by a selection committee.

Hockey

Peter Ferraro scored twice to lead the United States to a 6-2 victory over Germany, giving the Americans (2-0) their best start at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Fussen, Germany. The United States is tied for first place in the eight-country, round-robin championship with the Soviet Union and defending champion Canada.

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