Friday, February 23, 2018
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Injury news bad for UF star

GAINESVILLE — Florida linebacker Ronald Powell, last season's sack leader, is expected to miss 4-6 months after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in the second quarter of Saturday's Orange and Blue game.

Coach Will Muschamp said after the game he thought it was just a knee sprain, but an MRI exam revealed a more serious injury. The junior started 12 games last season and had 32 tackles and six sacks and nine tackles for loss.

"Ronald is in good spirits and is very eager to do whatever is necessary to have a healthy, speedy recovery," Muschamp said. "He has already started with rehab, and once the swelling goes down and he regains his range of motion, he will have the surgery."

Senior Lerentee McCray is a possible replacement for Powell.

MORE FOOTBALL: Georgia State, which didn't have a team three years ago, accepted an invitation to become a member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. … Michigan suspended backup safety Josh Furman two months after his arrest on suspicion of assault. … Colorado State players Nordly Capi, Colton Paulhus and Mike Orakpo were suspended as police investigate an assault near the campus that injured four people, two of them seriously.

UF assistant joins KU

GAINESVILLE — After one season as an assistant basketball coach at Florida, Norm Roberts has left the staff for a position at Kansas. Roberts will replace former Kansas assistant Danny Manning, who left after the Jayhawks' loss to Kentucky in the national title game to become head coach at Tulsa.

Roberts, 45, previously worked as an assistant to Kansas head coach Bill Self at Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Illinois and at Kansas in 2003-04, where he was associate head coach. He left the program to take over as head coach at St. John's. Roberts was fired at the end of the 2009-10 season after going 81-101 in six seasons. Donovan hired him last April.

Roberts' son, Niko, is a walk-on at Kansas.

JAYHAWKS STAR LEAVING: Thomas Robinson, the brawny Kansas forward who overcame personal tragedy to lead his team to a national runner-up finish, is leaving for the NBA.

"Coming to college as a basketball player should be a goal, it definitely was one for me," Robinson said. "Besides that, not winning the championship, I did everything I wanted to do plus more."

He is a potential top-five pick.

Robinson, the first unanimous first-team All-American since Blake Griffin, averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds in 31.8 minutes in his junior season and led the nation with 27 double doubles. In January 2011, Robinson's mother died of a heart attack, and within three weeks he also lost a grandfather and grandmother.

Also declaring for the draft were Baylor sophomore forward Perry Jones III; Vanderbilt junior guard John Jenkins; Texas A&M junior forward Khris Middleton; and Oregon State junior guard Jared Cunningham. Michigan freshman point guard Trey Burke said he is staying in school.

FROGS NAME COACH: Trent Johnson was hired as TCU's coach to replace Jim Christian. Johnson's introduction came a day after he resigned from LSU, where he spent the past four seasons. He has a 226-185 career record and took Stanford and Nevada to the Sweet 16 before leaving for LSU.

ILLINOIS: Assistants Dustin Ford and Jamall Walker joined new head coach John Groce's staff. Ford and Walker worked with Groce at Ohio.

MINNESOTA: The school granted guard Chip Armelin his release so he can transfer, clearing the way for a sixth season for star forward Trevor Mbakwe, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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