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COACHES POLL: A number of Division I-A coaches were asked to decide whether their votes in the controversial ESPN/USA Today poll should be made public. But like their poll, that vote will remain secret, for now.

Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, polled his coaches by secret ballot, which will be mailed to AFCA headquarters. About 60 of the 117 coaches attended the meeting in Louisville, Ky. Teaff said no decision would be made public until he contacted the coaches who did not attend.

MIDDLE TENN. ST.: James "Boots" Donnelly quit as athletic director but will remain with the university in another position, president Sidney McPhee said. Associate athletic director and senior women's administrator Diane Turnham will serve as interim athletic director.

NEBRASKA: Safety Josh Bullocks said he's skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

S. CAROLINA: School trustees approved the contracts of coach Steve Spurrier's defensive assistants. Co-defensive coordinators John Thompson and Tyrone Nix had multiyear contracts ratified, and secondary coach Dave Wommack had a two-year deal approved. School president Andrew Sorensen said his investigation into the Nov. 23 theft of about $18,000 in computer and video equipment from the Williams-Brice Stadium locker room area might take a few more weeks.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

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