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FSU's Makusha sets NCAA record in 100, wins long jump

FSU’s Ngonidzashe Makusha, center, pulls away from teammate Maurice Mitchell, left, and Texas A&M’s Gerald Phiri to win the 100 in NCAA record time at the outdoor championships.

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FSU’s Ngonidzashe Makusha, center, pulls away from teammate Maurice Mitchell, left, and Texas A&M’s Gerald Phiri to win the 100 in NCAA record time at the outdoor championships.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Florida State's Ngonidzashe (En-go-DEE-shah) Makusha got word of the first national title he won Friday when an official called him in his hotel room to tell him he'd taken the long jump crown.

He made up for that anti­climactic victory with a win that brought everyone to their feet.

Makusha broke the NCAA record in the 100 meters at the outdoor championships, winning in 9.89 seconds.

It was the second dominant performance for Makusha, who won the long jump in 27 feet, 6¾ inches — the best mark at the meet in 18 years.

Running on a wet track and with a slight tailwind, Makusha broke the 100 mark of 9.90 set by UCLA's Ato Boldon in 1996 and joined Michigan's DeHart Hubbard (1925), Ohio State's Jesse Owens (1935-36) and Houston's Carl Lewis (1981) as the only athletes to sweep the 100 and long jump at an NCAA meet.

"It's a blessing. I'm really thankful," said Makusha, from Zimbabwe. "I never planned to do this."

Makusha made his winning jump Thursday night, just before bad weather forced officials to postpone the final few attempts until Friday. He passed on his final attempt, choosing instead to rest up for the 100.

The move worked, as Makusha pushed past the field less than halfway through the final race and beat Oklahoma's Rakieem Salaam, who finished in 9.97. Fellow Seminole Maurice Mitchell was third, as Florida State picked up 16 quick points for the team title chase.

"When I turned back and looked at the clock then heard everybody screaming — it's a good feeling," Makusha said.

FSU, thanks to 20 points from Makusha, leads the men's race with 29 points. Florida, seeking its first outdoor title after winning the past two indoor meets, is tied with Virginia Tech with 28 points.

Florida's Tony McQuay took second in the 400 (45.14), and Will Claye finished third in the long jump (26-11).

Chizik lands $3.5M a year through 2015

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn's Gene Chizik received a hefty new contract worth $3.5 million a year through 2015, with incentives worth $1 million more, the school said.

Chizik, 49, a Clearwater native, was rewarded for leading the Tigers to their first national title since 1957 in just his second season. He made $2.1 million last season but received $1.3 million in bonuses after the 14-0 season. He is 22-5 in two years with Auburn.

Stewart out at W.Va.: West Virginia coach Bill Stewart resigned over "conduct detrimental to the university," and offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen was promoted. Stewart is part of an NCAA infractions case against the program, charged with "failure to monitor."

Ex-Gator Myles dies: Godfrey Myles, 42, a Miami native who played linebacker and safety for Florida from 1987 to 1990, died Friday after suffering a massive heart attack Wednesday, UF said. Mr. Myles was a team captain and first-team All-SEC selection at safety in his senior season in 1990 after being a Sporting News honorable mention All-American at linebacker in 1989. He was a third-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1991 and was primarily a special teams player and backup linebacker with them until 1996.

Pryor saga: The relationship between former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Columbus businessman Dennis Talbott, who is accused of giving Pryor money for signed memorabilia, dates to at least 2008, ESPN reported. Pryor and Talbott played golf together several times that year, before Pryor began his first season with the Buckeyes. It wasn't clear who paid for the $80- to $100-a-round guest fees at the private course at which Talbott was a member, but it would be an NCAA violation if Talbott had. On Tuesday, Pryor gave up his senior season amid an NCAA investigation.

Michigan: Receiver Darryl Stonum got two years probation for operating while visibly impaired. Stonum, suspended indefinitely after his arrest May 6, was ticketed for driving with a suspended license Thursday.

Troubled programs: Outgoing athletics director Mike Hamilton, former basketball coach Bruce Pearl and former football coach Lane Kiffin are part of a Tennessee contingent that will meet with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions today to defend themselves and the university against 12 charges of major violations after two years of being investigated. Pearl was fired in March, and Hamilton said Tuesday that he will resign this month. Kiffin left Tennessee in January 2010 after news of a possible investigation into the football program was made public and is now coaching at USC. … Boise State met with the NCAA Committee on Infractions to discuss violations by its football program, men's and women's tennis and track and field. The school issued self-imposed penalties over 22 infractions.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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