Hurricanes' Erickson signs 5-year contract
Coach Dennis Erickson, who repeatedly has said he'll stay with the Miami Hurricanes rather than take an NFL job, put the pledge in writing on a new five-year contract yesterday.
Erickson has led the Hurricanes to the national championship in two of his three seasons at Miami. In the past month he has been mentioned as a candidate for several vacant NFL jobs.
This season, the Hurricanes shared the national championship with Washington. The Huskies were No. in the coaches' poll.
"It's important to me to stay here for the players at the University of Miami and to maintain the stability of the program," Erickson said in a statement. "My family and I love the university and the South Florida community, and hope to remain here a long time."
The U.S. Tennis Association nominated three men and four women for the teams that will compete in the Barcelona Olympics. As significant as those named were those not named.
Among the missing American players were John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Martina Navratilova.
Chosen to the men's singles team were Jim Courier, Pete Sampras and Michael Chang, with Courier and Sampras picked for doubles.
Selected for the women's team were Jennifer Capriati, Mary Joe Fernandez and Zina Garrison in singles, and Fernandez and the unrelated Gigi Fernandez in doubles.
Navratilova, ranked fourth in the world -- higher than any women's player chosen -- was ineligible because she skipped last year's Federation Cup tournament.
However, the outspoken McEnroe, who has lobbied for a spot on the men's team, and the fiery Agassi, ranked No. 11 -- higher than Chang's No. 16 ranking -- were bypassed, even though they made themselves available for international competition in 1991.
The nominations are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Monday's high school basketball game between No. 2 Southern and No. 3 Lake Clifton has been moved to Morgan State University and will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $2 in advance at the schools and $3 at the door. Also Friday's 8 p.m. matchup between No. 1 Dunbar and Southern has been moved to Morgan.