TALLAHASSEE — Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops has reportedly begun preliminary talks with Auburn about filling the same job. Ted Roof left Auburn to become UCF's defensive coordinator.
The Auburn bureau of al.com, which is operated by three Alabama newspapers, reported Saturday that the Tigers have reached out to Stoops.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said last week that he was aware that other programs were interested in Stoops.
Stoops, the brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, has been at FSU for two seasons. The Seminoles are ranked sixth in the nation in total defense this season; Auburn is 78th.
Auburn begins practice today for the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia. Coach Gene Chizik doesn't expect to name a defensive coordinator quickly.
South Carolina's Ellis Johnson and North Carolina's Everett Withers are also reportedly potential candidates for the Auburn position.
Auburn suspends dyer: Tigers tailback Mike Dyer, a first-team All-SEC pick, was suspended indefinitely for violating undisclosed team rules and won't play against Virginia.
Paterno injured in fall: Joe Paterno fractured his pelvis again in a fall at his home but will not need surgery, the family's lawyer said. The former Penn State coach, who turns 85 on Dec. 21, was expected to make a full recovery. He initially hurt his pelvis in August when a player ran into him during practice. Paterno is also undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for what his family has said is a treatable form of lung cancer.
Iowa: Defensive coordinator Norm Parker, 70, will retire after 13 seasons with the team. Iowa, which has not named a replacement, ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense in 2008, 2009 and 2010. "After 48 years of doing something I love, it is time to enjoy some time with the grandkids," said Parker, who has battled health issues. He had his foot amputated in fall 2010 because of diabetes and spent most of the season away from the team. This season the defense struggled with injuries and inexperience, and ranks 42nd nationally at 23.3 points per game.
Maryland: Freshman linebacker Alex Twine was charged with disorderly conduct after a police officer saw him ranting and punching cars at a shopping center near campus.
notre dame: Linebacker Manti Te'o, who has a team-high 115 tackles, said he will return for his senior season.
Soccer: UNC wins 1-0 to take men's title
HOOVER, Ala. — Ben Speas lofted a 25-yard shot over goalkeeper Klay Davis midway through the second half to give North Carolina a 1-0 victory over Charlotte in the NCAA championship game.
The top-seeded Tar Heels (22-2-2) earned their second men's title.
Speas worked the ball toward the middle of the field and hit a left-footer that barely cleared the outstretched arm of Davis.
The unseeded 49ers (17-5-3) outshot North Carolina 14-3 in the second half. In a flurry of four shots in 41 seconds late in the game, UNC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin made two saves, one shot hit the crossbar and another went just wide.
"It was hectic, to say the least," Goodwin said.
Early in the second half it appeared Charlotte might get a penalty kick when Donnie Smith went down while trying to drive toward the goal against Kirk Urso, but no foul was called.
"In my own humble opinion, that was a penalty," Charlotte coach Jeremy Gunn said. "There's a good chance when we watch it on the DVD that a cup of tea might go flying across the room."
Volleyball: FSU plays UCLA at 7 p.m. Thursday in an NCAA tournament semifinal match in San Antonio, Texas. The Seminoles beat Iowa in five sets Saturday night in Minneapolis.