Vol league schedule
bothersome to Pearl
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl isn’t happy about the way the Southeastern Conference schedule is playing out this week.
Pearl is especially concerned that his 14th-ranked Volunteers (16-4, 4-2) will host South Carolina (13-8, 4-3) on Saturday night as the Gamecocks come off a bye week.
Tennessee will have both hosted Florida and traveled to LSU for a late Thursday game since the Gamecocks’ last game on Jan. 30.
Pearl says he understands the challenge of having to schedule SEC games but worries Tennessee will be at a disadvantage.
The Vols also faced Georgia following its bye week. The result? The Bulldogs handed them their first SEC loss.
Pearl gave his players a day off of practice Monday to rest them a day after a 61-60 win over the Gators.
Liberty product Sain
dismissed from TSU
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State coach John Cooper has dismissed four juniors for violation of team policy, including top scorer Josh Sain, who prepped at Liberty Tech in Jackson.
Cooper also dismissed Erick Peguero, Darius Cox and Hamilton Nash on Tuesday, leaving his bench with nine players. He did not specify what team policy was violated but said he would not tolerate repeat violations.
Sain, who was suspended four games earlier in the season, led the Tigers with an average 13.7 points per game and averaged four rebounds per game.
Cox was suspended three games this season and averaged 7.5 points per game and led the team with an average 5.3 rebounds.
Peguero averaged 2.9 points and Nash 1.5 points per game.
should bring big $$$
MIAMI (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay hopes to sign Peyton Manning to a contract extension when the season ends, a move that could make the four-time MVP the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history.
Manning’s contract is set to expire after the 2010 season, but Irsay doesn’t want to wait.
First order of business for Manning and the Colts: Trying to beat New Orleans on Sunday for their second Super Bowl title in four years.
A new deal could keep Manning in Indianapolis for the rest of his career, something Irsay would like to do.
The 34-year-old Manning has won a record number of MVPs, one Super Bowl MVP and is one of four quarterbacks to throw for more than 50,000 yards. He is third all-time in career TD passes with 366, trailing only Brett Favre (497) and Dan Marino (420).
He has started 209 consecutive games including the playoffs.
Manning signed a $98 million deal in 2004. His brother, Eli, has since signed a six-year, $97 million contract, giving him a higher per-year average than his brother. Irsay said it’s likely Manning will regain the status he once held as the league’s highest-paid quarterback.
Ole Miss hire Rader
no stranger to SEC
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi head football coach Houston Nutt has hired Dave Rader as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Also Monday, Nutt announced the appointment of longtime line coach Mike Markuson as co-offensive coordinator.
Rader replaces quarterbacks coach Kent Austin, who resigned to become head coach at Cornell.
Rader returns to collegiate coaching after three years in private business. Nutt worked on Mike Shula’s Alabama staff from 2003 to 2006 and head coach at Tulsa from 1988 to 1999.
Markuson has been a member of Nutt’s staff for 16 years. Last season, he was the Rebels’ running game coordinator and offensive line coach.