College football briefs: Ex-Wildcat McCutchan hired as Morehead assistant

April 10, 2012 

Matt McCutchan, a former offensive lineman at Kentucky, has been hired as an assistant coach at Morehead State. He will coach MSU's offensive linemen.

"Matt is a terrific addition to our staff," head Coach Matt Ballard said. "We are fortunate to have someone of his character, background and experience. Matt is an exceptional young coach with a great teaching ability. We really feel like he'll be able to take our group of offensive linemen to the next level."

McCutchan served as the offensive line coach at Lincoln University (Mo.) during the 2011 season. He was a graduate assistant coach at Kentucky from 2008-10, where he focused on the offensive line and helped with on-campus recruitment.

McCutchan started 31 games for UK from 2004-06. He was the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2005 and the Southeastern Conference's Lineman of the Week twice during his career.

In 2006, he helped the Wildcats to an 8-5 record and Music City Bowl victory over Clemson.

A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2005, McCutchan graduated in 2006 with a degree in economics. He also worked toward a master's degree in sports leadership.

Morehead State's spring practice schedule continues through April 27. MSU's annual Spring Game will be played at Jayne Stadium on April 29, at 4:30 p.m. The Eagles open regular-season play on Aug. 30, at home against Southern Virginia.

Georgia State accepts Sun Belt invitation

Georgia State didn't have a football team three years ago. Now they're joining the ranks of the game's superpowers.

The Panthers accepted an invitation Monday to become a member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2013, when they'll be playing in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Panthers Coach Bill Curry is excited about the move, but the timing surprised him.

"For us to be able to move this quickly is something I would have never dreamed of," Curry said.

Georgia State launched its program in 2010 and has played only two seasons in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Panthers are 9-13 under Curry, a former UK coach, including 3-8 in 2011.

But this move is about economics, not success on the football field.

"I don't think we had a choice," Curry said.

The Panthers will continue to play in the FCS as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association this season.

Memo on Petrino released

The state trooper assigned to protect Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said he took a call from an unidentified woman to come and get the injured coach and then fielded a call from the coach's wife as they were pulling into the hospital.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the unidentified woman was Jessica Dorrell, the 25-year-old female employee who was riding with Petrino, or someone else.

In a memo released Monday, Capt. Lance King also said he called Petrino shortly before the police report that landed him in hot water was released to the public last week.

Petrino called Athletic Director Jeff Long about 20 minutes later, and was put on paid leave later that night. Petrino failed to disclose he had been riding with a female employee half his age when his motorcycle skidded off the road on April 1.

The Arkansas State Police said King didn't violate police policy or state law.

Fla. star could miss season

Florida star linebacker Ronald Powell could miss the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee.

Coach Will Muschamp announced the extent of Powell's injury Monday. The junior pass-rushing specialist was injured in Saturday's spring game.

Powell was originally thought to have a sprain, but tests showed that he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. He needs surgery and will require at least four to six months of recovery and rehabilitation.

Powell led the Gators with six sacks last season and nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

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