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West Virginia gives Holgorsen six-year deal

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Football coach Dana Holgorsen will earn $2.3 million this season under a new six-year contract at West Virginia, athletic director Oliver Luck said Wednesday.

The deal includes $250,000 in base pay and the remainder in supplemental pay from athletic department revenue or private sources. The second-year coach will receive annual raises of $200,000 in the second and third years, and $100,000 in the fourth and fifth years. The deal also includes performance incentives.

Holgorsen would have earned about $1.7 million this season under his original deal.

Texas coach Mack Brown and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops remain the highest-paid in the Big 12.

Missouri: Travis Ruth, a projected offensive line starter, tore his left triceps tendon, and redshirt freshman Taylor Chappell, a key backup at right tackle, tore the ACL in his left knee. Both will require surgery, but it's unclear when either will return.

Penn state: A group of former Nittany Lions, led by former quarterback Michael Robinson, notified the NCAA of plans to appeal sanctions against the football team resulting from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Also named in the letter were ex-assistant Bill Kenney and former players Anwar Phillips, Josh Gaines, Shamar Finney, Richard Gardner, Gerald Cadogan, Anthony Adams and Justin Kurpeikis.

South Carolina: Backup quarterback and redshirt freshman Tanner McEvoy, charged last month with speeding and driving after consuming alcohol while younger than 21, will transfer to an unknown school. Coach Steve Spurrier didn't seem worried: "We've got a lot of quarterbacks here."

Tennessee: Quarterback Tyler Bray, charged in a July 4 personal watercraft incident, agreed to promote boating safety in exchange for losing boat driving rights for one year and paying court costs.

UCONN: Sophomore quarterback Mike Nebrich will transfer. The touted recruit out of Burke, Va., had limited action as a freshman, and this preseason was listed with senior Johnny McEntee as second on the depth chart, behind Chandler Whitmer.

Basketball: The Minnesota Supreme Court overturned a $1 million award against Minnesota and men's coach Tubby Smith, ruling that though they treated prospective assistant coach Jimmy Williams unfairly, they couldn't be held financially responsible for backing out of a job offer that Smith lacked the authority to make. Williams quit as an assistant at Oklahoma State in 2007 because Smith offered him a position. That fell through when athletic director Joel Maturi learned Williams was cited for NCAA rules violations earlier in his career.

West Virginia gives Holgorsen six-year deal 08/08/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 9:34pm]
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