November 21, 2012

College Notebook: Price returns as Husson football coach

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BANGOR – Gabby Price, a longtime Bangor High football coach who helped restart the program at Husson University in 2002, was named Tuesday to return to the Eagles as the football coach.

Price, 63, will replace Sean Murphy, who coached for one season and had a 2-8 record, and will remain at the school as the men's lacrosse coach.

Price had a 25-29 record over six seasons with Husson, including 19-10 in his final three years. He was 7-3 in 2008, his final season.

He coached Bangor High from 1976-84, then from 1992 to 2000 with a combined record of 129-52-1.

 

RUTGERS: Rutgers is joining the Big Ten, leaving the Big East behind and cashing in on the school's investment in a football program that only 10 years ago seemed incapable of competing at the highest level.

"The Big Ten is really where Rutgers belongs," said the school president, Robert Barchi.

Rutgers has been competing in the Big East since 1991. But the league has been picked apart by conference realignment, and the Scarlet Knights were looking for a way out.

 

MARYLAND: Football coach Randy Edsall, who is 6-17 in his two seasons at the school, is certain the school will flourish in the Big Ten despite its problems in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Terps went 1-7 in the league in 2009, 5-3 in 2010 and 1-7 last year, and are headed to a 2-6 finish (4-8 overall) this season.

"The young men that we have here now, with what we recruited last year and knowing what we're building here and the depth we're creating, there's no doubt we will be able to compete and do well in the Big Ten," Edsall said.

"We'll be fine because we'll have the right people here, we'll have the talent, and we'll develop talent to make sure that we're going to go in there and be competitive and win. That's exactly what we'll do."

 

CALIFORNIA: Coach Jeff Tedford was fired after 11 seasons that began with great promise and ended with a disappointing run of mediocrity.

Tedford engineered an impressive turnaround for the Golden Bears after taking over a one-win team following the 2001 season.

He won a school-record 82 games, churned out numerous NFL prospects and spearheaded a facilities upgrade highlighted by a $321 million stadium renovation.

But he never was able to match the early success that included a pair of 10-win seasons in his first five years and a share of the 2006 conference title.

 

SAN DIEGO STATE: Athletic Director Jim Sterk said the Aztecs are committed to a future in the Big East in 2013 despite Rutgers' jump to the Big Ten.

He also essentially ruled out the possibility of staying in the Mountain West Conference, noting he hasn't talked to MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson since May.

Brigham Young is another school frequently mentioned in regards to Big East expansion because the Cougars are independent in football. Sterk said he would be "in favor" of BYU joining the Aztecs in the Big East.

 

THE FIGHT Hunger Bowl will move from San Francisco to the 49ers' new stadium once the venue is completed in 2014.

Bowl organizers, the Santa Clara Stadium Authority and the 49ers announced that the annual Bay Area bowl game will move into the new stadium in December 2014. Construction on the $1 billion state-of-the-art stadium adjacent to team headquarters is more than 20 percent complete, the 49ers said.

The Fight Hunger Bowl, which is sponsored by Kraft, last year generated three meals for local food banks for each of the 29,878 tickets sold.

 

WESTERN KENTUCKY: Defensive end Quanterus Smith, the national sacks co-leader, is done for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Smith is tied with Damontre Moore of Texas A&M for the lead in sacks (12.5) and is first in sacks per game (1.25). He's third in sack yardage (84).

MEN'S BASKETBALL

PENN STATE: Point guard Tim Frazier will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon, a devastating blow for the rebuilding Big Ten program.

 

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