Saturday notebook

November 26, 2006

6-6? We've got a bowl for you

Larry Coker, who was fired Friday, will have one more game as coach of the Miami Hurricanes. Miami (6-6) is one of eight Atlantic Coast Conference teams that have qualified for postseason play. The ACC has tie-ins with eight bowls, so the Hurricanes are assured of competing in a bowl for the ninth consecutive season. The Miami Herald reports that Miami is likely to be invited to the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho. ... New Mexico (6-6), which opened the season with a 17-6 loss to Division I-AA Portland State, clinched a berth in the inaugural New Mexico Bowl by beating San Diego State. The selection of the hometown Lobos was influenced by the prospect of a larger crowd, although just 23,421 turned out to watch the Lobos become bowl-eligible. That's the lowest attendance for a home game since 2000.

He'd rather be in New Jersey

Greg Schiano, who was Miami's defensive coordinator before becoming Rutgers' coach, has no plans to leave New Jersey despite reports that he is one of the leading contenders to replace Coker at Miami. "The whole Miami thing, I've said it for six weeks, I'm very happy here, I have no plans to go anywhere else," said Schiano, who transformed Rutgers (10-1) from one the lowliest programs into a national contender in six seasons.

Peterson's status

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops retracted his initial statement that injured tailback Adrian Peterson was "doubtful" for next week's Big 12 championship game, saying that the 2004 Heisman runner-up would be re-evaluated. Peterson has missed Oklahoma's past six games after breaking his collarbone Oct. 14. He had been expected to miss six weeks. Oklahoma is 6-0 without Peterson.

Notable

Danny Woodhead of Division II Chadron State set an NCAA all-division record for rushing yards in a season with 2,740. ... For the first time in 33 years, Grambling and Southern entered the Bayou Classic with losing records. ... Rutgers achieved the second 10-win season in school history. ... New Mexico State (3-8) broke a 21-game losing streak against Division I-A schools by beating Utah State, 42-20. ... Duke lost its 20th straight and hasn't beaten a I-A team in more than two years. ... Pittsburgh lost its fifth in a row after winning six of its first seven.

HEISMAN STOCK

FALLING

Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech WR: two catches, 13 yards, 0 TDs

FALLING

Steve Slaton, West Virginia RB: 18 carries, 43 yards, 0 TDs

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