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Williams QB Moffitt best in Div. 2-3

November 30, 2010

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College football
Williams senior quarterback Pat Moffitt was named the winner of the Gold Helmet Award of the Year by the New England Football Writers yesterday. Moffitt will be honored Dec. 9 as the region’s top player in Divisions 2 and 3. Moffitt’s 25 touchdown passes this season set a NESCAC record, and he led the program to its seventh perfect season (8-0). Moffitt is the fourth Williams player to receive the honor, and first since Scott Farley in 2002.

Michigan AD will wait on Rodriguez Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon refuses to let speculation about Rich Rodriguez’s future change his timetable to evaluate the embattled coach. “Everyone needs to take a deep breath,’’ said Brandon, who reiterated that he won’t do performance reviews until the season is over. Rodriguez has the Wolverines bowl eligible for the first time in his three seasons in charge of college football’s winningest program, though Saturday’s 37-7 loss to Ohio State dropped Rodriguez’s record at Michigan to 1-10 against ranked teams. He has three years remaining on a six-year contract that pays him about $2.5 million per season . . . Florida State legend Bobby Bowden said he was “surprised’’ Miami fired coach Randy Shannon over the weekend. “I like Randy and I think he’s done a great job . . . he’s recruited well, and that’s the name of the game,’’ said Bowden, who retired after last season and went 1-2 head-to-head against Shannon’s Hurricanes . . . Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts resigned after nine seasons with the school . . . North Carolina A&T fired Alonzo Lee as coach after a 1-10 season . . . Former Iowa State coach Dan McCarney is expected to be named to the same position at North Texas today . . . Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said injured quarterback Taylor Martinez (ankle) is day-to-day as the No. 13 Cornhuskers prepare for Saturday’s Big 12 Championship game against No. 10 Oklahoma.

College basketball
UConn men go from unranked to No. 7 While the Connecticut women were a unanimous choice to stay No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 for the 47th straight week, the UConn men made the second-most impressive jump into the AP rankings in the last 21 years, entering at No. 7. The Huskies, coming off two wins over top-10 teams, staged the biggest debut splash since Kansas went from unranked to No. 4 in 1989. Duke remained No. 1 in the men’s poll, receiving all 65 first-place votes . . . The mother of Kentucky men’s coach John Calipari died Sunday in Charlotte, N.C., following a long battle with cancer. Donna Calipari was 74.

Pro basketball
Ex-Celtic Walker has eyes on NBADL As first reported by AOL FanHouse, former Celtics All-Star forward Antoine Walker intends to sign with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, according to sources close to the situation. Walker hasn’t played in the NBA since 2008, and has been dogged by legal and financial troubles since his career took a downturn. Walker, 34, must still pass a background check by the NBADL, according to the source . . . Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer reported no problems after practicing for the first time since breaking his right hand in an accident at his home Oct. 2. Despite the successful outing, coach Tom Thibodeau wasn’t ready to make a decision on whether Boozer would play tomorrow against Orlando. “We’ll see how it goes [today] and in the shootaround,’’ Thibodeau said.

Miscellany
Burns funeral service held in Montreal Players, coaches, and executives from across hockey gathered in Montreal for the funeral of Pat Burns, who died of cancer this month at age 58. The entire roster of the New Jersey Devils — the team Burns led to the 2003 Stanley Cup title — was on hand for the afternoon service, honoring the police officer-turned-coach who also had successful tenures in Montreal, Toronto, and Boston . . . According to disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis, the use of the banned muscle-building and weight-loss stimulant that Tour de France champion Alberto Contador tested positive for is widespread in the sport. Speaking on German television, Landis said cycling’s governing body “protects some people and not others . . . that is the way they manipulate results and create stars.’’ Landis has previously alleged that Lance Armstrong and members of their former US Postal team systematically doped. Contador is facing a two-year ban . . . Richard Petty will still run his race team and participate in day-to-day operations as chairman of the new ownership group. The assets of Richard Petty Motorsports were sold from George Gillett Jr. to an investment group that consists of Petty, Medallion Financial Corp., and DGP Investments.