Friedgen may hire RB coach

College football notes


April 28, 2006

Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday that he is considering moving running backs coach John Donovan to quarterbacks and hiring a running backs coach. Friedgen has been coaching the quarterbacks this spring because of the departure of former offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe. Friedgen has interviewed six candidates, and said he would like to hire a new coach by the end of May.

Also, running back Josh Allen will play in tomorrow's 3 p.m. scrimmage at Byrd Stadium, Friedgen said. Allen, who dislocated his left knee and tore two ligaments in 2004, told Friedgen he wanted to play, although the coach had intended to hold him out for precautionary reasons.

Southern California -- Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez was released from jail in San Francisco after his arrest for investigation of sexually assaulting a female student, police said. Sanchez, 19, was arrested around 4 p.m. at an apartment complex near campus. He was released shortly after midnight after posting $200,000 bail, sheriff's deputy Ban Nguyen said. No other details were immediately available.

Mississippi State -- Six football players accused of assaulting an off-duty police officer pleaded guilty in Starkville, Miss., to reduced charges. Cornerback Derek Pegues, safety Keith Fitzhugh, offensive tackle Michael Gates, quarterback Tray Rutland and defensive ends Charles Burnes and Quinton Wesley - all freshmen - were each fined $500 and received six-month suspended sentences for misdemeanor simple assault.

Bowls -- The NCAA approved four new bowls, including a fifth Bowl Championship Series game in Glendale, Ariz., which will host the national championship Jan. 8. The other new games are the International Bowl, which will be played in Toronto; the Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl; and the New Mexico Bowl.

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