Football

Eastern Michigan next for UofL's English

Eastern Michigan has hired Louisville defensive coordinator Ron English, making him the fifth black head football coach in major college football, a person familiar with the contract agreement told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The school scheduled a news conference for Monday.

The other black coaches among the 119 teams in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision are Buffalo's Turner Gill, Miami's Randy Shannon, Houston's Kevin Sumlin and New Mexico's Mike Locksley.

The 40-year-old English was Louisville's defensive coordinator in 2008 after serving on Lloyd Carr's staff at Michigan for five seasons.

English turned the Cardinals' inexperienced defense around before an injury-depleted unit was overmatched in a lopsided loss to end the season at Rutgers.

English was Carr's defensive coordinator the last two years of his five-year stint. He began at Michigan as the secondary coach after being an assistant at Arizona State, San Diego State and Northern Arizona.

English replaces Jeff Genyk, who was fired after going 16-42 in five seasons.

Southern Miss wins in OT

Michael McGee blocked a potential game-tying field- goal attempt in overtime, lifting Southern Mississippi to a 30-27 comeback victory over Troy in the New Orleans Bowl on Sunday night.

Troy held Southern Miss to Britt Barefoot's 39-yard field goal on the first possesssion of OT, but that wound up being enough for the Golden Eagles to win their third New Orleans Bowl in as many appearances.

The Trojans, winners of the Sun Belt Conference, led 27-17 after Jerrel Jernigan's 6-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

Southern Miss responded with Austin Davis' 35-yard touchdown to Jonathan Massey on fourth-and-2 with 7:20 left in regulation. Barefoot tied it with his 46-yard field goal with 2:50 to go.

Southern Mississippi receiver DeAndre Brown fractured his lower left leg in the first quarter and was taken to the hospital.

Only minutes after his 67th reception of the season set a school record, Brown's leg buckled as he landed in the end zone on a long incompletion. The defender on the play, Tavares Williams, put his hands on his head and then gestured for help when he turned and saw Brown holding his leg, which dangled from the shin.

Brown, a freshman, was a prized recruit last year and quickly became the Golden Eagle's leading receiver, finishing the regular season with 66 catches for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns.

TCU star might not play

Texas Christian might play without standout linebacker Robert Henson in the Poinsettia Bowl Tuesday when No. 11 TCU faces No. 9 Boise State.

When asked whether Henson would play, Coach Gary Patterson said, "I don't know about that yet, but there isn't anything wrong with him."

Henson, a senior, was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection this season, part of a TCU squad that ranked second in the country in total defense.

Extension for Cutcliffe

Duke has given David Cutcliffe a two-year contract extension, through 2015.

Athletic Director Kevin White called Cutcliffe "an elite player within the entire college football coaching community."

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