TCU hires ex-Heisman winner Sullivan

January 03, 1992

Pat Sullivan, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1971, became head coach at Texas Christian yesterday with a vow to guide the Horned Frogs to the Mobil Cotton Bowl. It's about an hour's drive, but TCU hasn't been there in 33 years.

Sullivan, 41, an Auburn assistant, received a five-year contract at an undisclosed salary. He succeeds Jim Wacker, who resigned last week to accept a similar job at Minnesota.

Sullivan, who tutored Auburn's quarterbacks as an assistant coach the past six years, indicated he would abandon the Frogs' wide-open "Triple Shoot" attack for a multiple offense.

"We'll throw the ball around and it will be exciting," he said. "You win because of defense. You win big because of offense."

Sullivan, whose background includes coaching stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins, said he will run the offense himself.

* WASHINGTON: Huskies coaches are hoping to talk All-American defensive tackle Steve Emtman into staying at the school for his senior season.

Emtman, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the winner of the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award, said he would decide his future in the next two weeks.

There has been speculation that Emtman, a possible first choice, might submit his name for April's NFL draft because the league might limit rookie salaries after the 1992 draft.

* MICHIGAN: Washington cornerback Dana Hall said junior receiver Desmond Howard, the Heisman Trophy winner, stopped playinghard once it became apparent that Wolverines quarterbacks weren't looking his way.

"He got frustrated," Hall said. "When he wasn't getting the ball anymore, he stopped running his routes so fast."

Howard, who made one catch, wasn't available for comment.

* PENNSYLVANIA: Al Bagnoli, named coach yesterday, promised return the program to the excellence of the early 1980s, when it won or shared six Ivy League titles.

Bagnoli, 38, coach at Division III Union College the past 10 years, was given a multiyear contract as successor to Gary Steele, who resigned in November after a 2-8 season in his third year.

It had been reported that Massachusetts coach Jim Reid and New Hampshire's Bill Bowes had been finalists for the job. Both withdrew their names.

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