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Reports: vols rb coach to join fsu staff

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State has hired Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham to fill one of its two assistant coaching vacancies, according to reports Monday.

FSU didn't confirm any of the reports. New Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said on Twitter Graham, 37, was leaving for another job.

There was no word on what Graham's role at FSU would be.

FSU just hired a running backs coach, Randy Sanders, a longtime Volunteers assistant who was Graham's position coach in college at Tennessee. Graham will also be reunited with FSU defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri, who was Tennessee's defensive coordinator in 2012.

Before going to Tennessee last season, Graham coached running backs and tight ends at South Carolina. He may be best known for recruiting former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, considered among the top prospects in April's NFL draft before sustaining a knee injury last season.

Miami investigation: Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt faces NCAA allegations of receiving and providing impermissible benefits while an assistant at Miami from 2001-09. The NCAA says he received a $2,500 loan and provided perks to recruits. The governing body sent Hurtt and Louisville a letter of allegations Feb. 19; the university released it as part of an open records request. The NCAA says Hurtt, 34, provided false and misleading information during its investigation of what it says was a decade of improper conduct spearheaded by a former booster. Hurtt has until May 20 to respond to the charges.


Federer finds way in second set

Roger Federer rallied past Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 today to reach the second round of the Dubai Championships in United Arab Emirates.

The second-ranked Federer was playing the 128th-ranked Jaziri for the first time. Jaziri broke serve to go up 6-5 in the first set and closed it out with a backhand down the line.

Federer dominated from that point, racing through the second set in 23 minutes and breaking Malek twice in the third.

Delray Beach championships: Third seed Sam Querrey moved into the second round when Michael Russell retired with a left leg injury with Querrey leading 6-2, 2-2. In the biggest upset, 62nd-ranked Ivan Dodig beat fifth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-3.

et cetera

Charities: Athletes' charitable foundations often raise surprisingly little money, overspend on fundraising events and direct small percentages of revenue toward their stated goals, reported the Boston Globe, which examined 50 foundations. One example: A foundation started by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez gave only 1 percent of proceeds to charity during its first year of operation in 2006, then stopped submitting mandatory financial reports to the IRS and was stripped of its tax-exempt status. Yet the group's website still tells visitors the A-Rod Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization.

Greyhounds: Tiger Boy was Derby Lane's lone representative on the 2012 All-American first team announced by the American Greyhound Track Operators Association in Las Vegas. Venus Espinosa made the second team. Each team had eight dogs.

Orlando Sentinel; Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel; Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in Brief 02/25/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:11am]
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