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Dungy gets fake USC coaching call

LOS ANGELES — People pretending to be Southern Cal representatives contacted former Bucs coach Tony Dungy, now an NBC Sports analyst, and an unnamed Broncos staff member and attempted to discuss the Trojans' coaching vacancy, USC athletic director Pat Haden said Monday.

The university has identified the posers and is taking "appropriate action," Haden said.

The Trojans fired coach Lane Kiffin last month.

Dungy, 58, talked about his apparent contact on a national radio show Monday, saying he turned down the representative.

"Tony's discussion on the radio of being contacted by USC was a complete surprise to us," Haden said. "So were the calls made to the Broncos. I can assure you, no authorized representative of USC or our athletic department made these calls."

Good news for young fan: A young boy with cancer whose touchdown run at the Nebraska spring football game was viewed by millions on the Internet is in remission, his father said.

With the players' help, Jack Hoffman, now 8, ran 69 yards to score during April's intrasquad game. The run had nearly 8.4 million views on YouTube and was replayed on national TV.

Jack is a second-grader at a school near the family's home in Atkinson, a city of about 1,240 in north-central Nebraska.

Andy Hoffman said the good news about the brain tumor came after an MRI test, though doctors said that more than half of children in Jack's situation have relapses. "We pray like crazy and hope Jack isn't in that segment," Hoffman said. "We're not living life in fear. We're busy living."

Dye criticizes condi rice: Former Auburn coach and athletic director Pat Dye criticized the reported selection of Condi Rice for the College Football Playoff selection committee. Rice was born in Birmingham and her father was a long-time Alabama fan. "All she knows about football is what somebody told her," Dye said. "Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you've got to play with your hand in the dirt. I love Condoleezza Rice, and she's probably a good statesman and all of that, but how in the hell does she know what it's like out there when you can't get your breath and it's 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?"

LOUISVILLE: Leading receiver DeVante Parker (right shoulder) will be a game-time decision Thursday against Rutgers.

Maryland: Quarterback C.J. Brown is day to day with a concussion sustained Saturday against Florida State.

Michigan: Defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a knee.

Texas tech: Quarterback Baker Mayfield's knee has no structural damage from an injury sustained Saturday, but his status is unclear this week against Iowa State.

Basketball: UCF likes its new challenge

ORLANDO — UCF is excited about its first basketball season in the new American Athletic Conference.

No, it's not the Big East. Still, coach Donnie Jones said at the team's annual media day that his team is ready to test itself against a league schedule that includes defending national champion Louisville and a nonconference matchup with FSU.

Four UCF starters return.

Baseball: Arizona coach Andy Lopez had triple bypass surgery in Tucson and will return after he's cleared by doctors. Lopez, 59, coached UF from 1995-2001.

Dungy gets fake USC coaching call 10/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, October 7, 2013 8:59pm]
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