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Paterno hints at wife as his doll joins ref on door

The referee doll is back on Penn State coach Joe Paterno's door. Now he has some company: a Paterno doll.

Though he would not say Tuesday how the dolls got on his door, Paterno hinted that his wife might be responsible, and that it was all done in fun.

"I did not put them up. I can tell you that emphatically," said Paterno, who said last week that he went in and out through the garage rather than the front door. "I'm sure you know this, without naming anyone in particular: It was put up there by somebody who is close to me."

The Paterno doll, wearing the coach's trademark glasses but looking younger than his 75 years, appears to be poking the larger sleepy-eyed official in the chest.

"You've got to have a laugh once in a while," Paterno said. "The whole thing is so ludicrous, it got so ridiculous, and I cannot believe that anybody would take that seriously."

ARKANSAS ST.: Sophomore backup quarterback Josh Driscoll plans to transfer after the semester.

AUBURN: Tailback Ronnie Brown and fullback Brandon Johnson likely are doubtful with ankle injuries for Saturday's game at Alabama. If Brown can't go, that would leave freshman Tre Smith to handle the bulk of the running duties and make his first career start.

CHARLESTON: The private Division II school, which last played intercollegiate football in 1956 when it was known as Morris Harvey College, plans to bring back the program for the 2003 season.

IDAHO: Tom Cable will complete his four-year contract and coach the Vandals in 2003 despite an 8-25 record over three seasons.

MAINE: Two players accused of rape lost the final appeal of their suspensions. Starting receivers Paris Minor and Stefan Gomes were kicked off the team and suspended from the university by the Student Conduct Code Committee in September.

NEWBERRY: Coach Mike Taylor was fired after 11 seasons, and the school's 1-10 finish also led to the dismissal of his staff.

UNC: Starting quarterback Darian Durant, who broke a bone in his right thumb against Virginia on Oct. 19 in what was described as a season-ending injury, will practice this week without a splint and might play in the season finale against Duke.

OHIO ST.: Officials will take extra security precautions to guard against problems with fans when the Buckeyes face Michigan on Saturday. Athletic director Andy Geiger declined to be specific but said personnel would be available to escort both teams and coaches on and off the field.

OTTERBEIN: The school decided not to renew the contract of coach Rocky Alt.

TENNESSEE: Receiver Kelley Washington had surgery on his neck, which doctors believe will allow him to continue playing. He was in stable condition.

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