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Published Aug. 9, 2007

Dino Gaudio has taken over for Skip Prosser before.

More than two decades ago, Gaudio replaced Prosser at a parochial high school in West Virginia and eventually led that team to a state basketball title. Wednesday, Wake Forest chose Gaudio, 50, to again take Prosser's place, this time to replace his late mentor in the difficult ACC.

"Just like this situation, he left me good players," said Gaudio, (pronounced GOW-dee-o), who has a career record of 68-124. "Following him was a terrific tribute. He laid the foundation, set the table and it all worked out, and I hope the same thing happens here."

Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman, who signed Gaudio, 50, to a five-year contract, praised him for his strength during the two weeks of grieving that followed Prosser's July 26 death from an apparent heart attack. Gaudio has been a member of Prosser's staff at Wake since 2001 and an associate head coach since 2004.

BALL STATE: Billy Taylor was introduced as coach, giving him about three months to prepare while the program deals with possible NCAA violations and claims of a "racially hostile work environment" by former coach Ronny Thompson. Taylor was 81-69 in five seasons at Lehigh, including a Patriot League championship in 2004. He takes over a team that went 9-22 in Thompson's only season. As a black man, Taylor said he had some concerns coming into the program, but was "confident in the process that has been set forth to resolve the NCAA issues."

OBITUARY: Elmer Gross, who coached Penn State to the 1954 Final Four and reached the NCAA Tournament as both a player and coach, has died. He was 90.


GREELEY, Colo. - Jurors in the trial of a player charged with trying to kill a rival interrupted their deliberations to ask the judge a question about "intent to cause death."

About one hour later, the jury left for the day without reaching a verdict.

Mitch Cozad, a former backup punter at Northern Colorado, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault in an attack on the starter, Rafael Mendoza. Prosecutors said it was a bid to get the starting job.

AUBURN: Linebacker Steve Gandy is stepping aside after sustaining his fourth concussion in eight months in an injury-filled career. The junior has had knee injuries and shoulder problems in addition to a scary thigh infection last year that led to surgery and required 100 stitches.

MISSISSIPPI: Former starting QB Brent Schaeffer has been moved to receiver. While coach Ed Orgeron said the move is temporary, it likely clears the way for Seth Adams to take over as the Rebels' starter.


The USF women added four recruits, including Michelle Bermudez from Wharton High and Emily Van Etten, the Pasco County girls golfer of the year in 2005 and '06. Bermudez was a second-team all-county player three seasons. Van Etten, who attended Mitchell, won the district and region tournaments in 2006 and was the only individual from her region to earn a spot at the state championship in 2005 and '06.


USF sophomore Marcela Gurgel was named to the Big East preseason team.

Sunshine State Conference

The Tampa women were picked as the preseason favorite to defend the conference title. Saint Leo was second. Lynn was named the favorite in men's soccer.

In volleyball, Tampa was picked as the preseason favorite to defend its title. Eckerd was fourth.