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B-CU has playoff QB question

There will be one anxious moment at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium today when the Bethune-Cookman offense first takes the field. Fans will be waiting to see if No. 13 takes his usual spot in the huddle.

Quarterback Matt Johnson dislocated his left, nonthrowing shoulder two weeks ago in the Wildcats' loss to Florida A&M, and coach Brian Jenkins has danced around questions about the senior's availability since.

Johnson, the MEAC offensive player of the year, and host B-CU (10-1) take on New Hampshire (7-4) in the second round of the Division I-AA playoffs.

"We'll be in full force (today), but it doesn't matter who our quarterback is," Jenkins said this week. "They all get the same reps in practice."

Johnson has rushed for 700 yards and seven touchdowns on 136 carries, and he has thrown for 2,053 yards and 14 touchdowns on 151 of 231 passing, a 65 percent completion rate.

If Johnson is not today's starter, Jackie Wilson will likely take his place.

COLORADO COACH: Jon Embree will be Colorado's next coach, says Bill McCartney, a former Buffaloes coach. "Take it to the bank and hang your hat on it," McCartney told the Denver Post. Embree, 45, would be the first black head football coach in school history and the 13th in Division I-A. He would replace Dan Hawkins, who was fired last month.

MAC TITLE GAME: Austin Boucher threw a touchdown to Armand Robinson with 33 seconds left and Miami of Ohio, a season after going 1-11, won the Mid-American Conference championship Friday, beating No. 24 Northern Illinois 26-21 in Detroit. The RedHawks (8-4) won the MAC for the first time since 2003 and a conference-best 15th time total. Chandler Harnish threw three touchdowns for the Huskies (10-3), who had won eight in a row. Boucher, a freshman in his third start of the season, was 29-for-46 for 333 yards.

ARIZONA STATE: The school said the NCAA denied its waiver request for a bowl bid, less than 24 hours after the Sun Devils blocked two extra points to beat host Arizona in double overtime. "It is a pretty steadfast rule, but I thought we had a chance in our discussions with the NCAA because of our situation," coach Dennis Erickson said. "They didn't okay it, and I understand that." ASU (6-6) needed seven wins to automatically become bowl eligible because two of its games were against Division I-AA schools, but it had hoped the NCAA would grant a waiver. The NCAA requires six-win teams to have five wins against I-A foes.

MINNESOTA: Rivals.com reported that Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo has interviewed with the Golden Gophers and is a finalist for the job. Navy denied the report and said Niumatalolo hadn't even been contacted by Minnesota, which fired Tim Brewster this season.

BOWL BIDS: UTEP accepted an invitation from the New Mexico Bowl and faces BYU on Dec. 18 in a matchup of former WAC rivals. The WAC, which is trying to get either Nevada or Boise State moved up to a better bowl, freed up a spot in Albuquerque, allowing Conference USA's Miners (6-6) to grab a spot. … Kansas State accepted the Big 12's bid to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, where the Wildcats (7-5) face the Big East's Syracuse.

Men's basketball: No. 7 UConn rolls

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut's Kemba Walker showed he's more than just the nation's leading scorer.

The junior guard had 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double, leading No. 7 Connecticut to a 94-61 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County.

"I love having games like this," Walker said. "Because my teammates also benefit from it. Those guys' confidence, it's hot now."

Walker led six Huskies in double figures. Freshman Jeremy Lamb added 13 points for the Huskies (7-0). Alex Oriakhi, Niels Giffey and Roscoe Smith each had 11, and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel finished with 10.

The victory was coach Jim Calhoun's 830th, moving him into a tie with former Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan for sixth on the career list.

NO. 12 VILLANOVA 71, SAINT JOSEPH'S 60: Antonio Pena had 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and Corey Stokes scored 17 for the host Wildcats. Five players scored during a 13-0 run early in the second half that helped make Villanova (6-1) more comfortable. Villanova beat its Big 5 rival for the 11th time in the past 14 games in the series. The rivalry that dates to 1921 and features schools separated by 6.7 miles has been lopsided. Villanova leads 44-24.

NO. 11 BAYLOR: X-rays confirmed that star guard LaceDarius Dunn has only a bruised left forearm. Dunn was injured when he fell to the floor while going for a rebound in the Bears' victory Thursday night over Arizona State. He came out of the game briefly.

KENTUCKY APPEAL: No. 10 Kentucky is asking the NCAA to take a second look at the eligibility of freshman center Enes Kanter. The school asked for an opportunity to submit additional information about Kanter's eligibility. The NCAA ruled the 6-foot-11 Kanter ineligible last month because he received benefits above his actual and necessary expenses while playing for a club basketball team in Turkey.

Volleyball: UF, FSU set for Round 2 meeting

GAINESVILLE — Top national seed Florida routed MEAC champion South Carolina State 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gators (28-1) won 25-7, 25-10, 25-12 in just more than an hour and had 38 kills to four errors. UF's .586 hitting percentage was the second-best in school history. Junior Kelly Murphy had a team-high eight kills and 17 assists.

In tonight's second round, Florida hosts Florida State at 7.

Florida State (22-10) advanced with a 3-1 victory over Georgia Southern. The Seminoles won 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-13 as junior Visnja Djurdjevic led with a match-high 16 kills.

Elsewhere

USF HALL: Major-leaguer Ross Gload was one of five inductees into the USF Hall of Fame, along with Sherry Bedingfield, Kerine Black, Dan Holcomb and Joe Lewkowicz.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Eckerd lost 75-69 to West Florida in the Highpointe Classic. Krystal Charles scored a game-high 24 for the visiting Tritons (4-2).

B-CU has playoff QB question 12/03/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 4, 2010 12:28am]

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