Hamrick finds home in dorm

When Mike Hamrick left UNLV in August to become the athletic director at Marshall, his alma mater, he was accorded the perks most ADs get.

A car. An expense account. Golfing privileges.

But even Hamrick had to be surprised when he learned of the transitional housing the school was going to provide him while he moved his family to Huntington, W.Va.

Hamrick was placed in a dormitory. And not just any dorm. Hamrick was given a room on an all-freshman, all-female floor.

Hamrick's presence on the floor of the South Residence Hall has caused a bit of a stir. According to The Parthenon, Marshall's student newspaper, a student confronted Hamrick while doing his laundry.

"Excuse me, sir, I'm not trying to be rude, but what are you doing?" the student wanted to know. Hamrick explained that he lived there and was the new athletic director at the school.

Hamrick said he will remain in the dorm through the end of the fall semester. Now that the coeds know who he is, he has become an accepted member of the floor.

"It's made me feel young," Hamrick said. "I graduated (from Marshall) in 1980, and living in the dorm makes me feel like I never left."

THE NEW CHUBBS -- Here's a case of life imitating art:

In the movie comedy "Happy Gilmore," Chubbs the golf pro was fitted with a replacement hand after an alligator bit it off when he was playing on the pro tour. In Beaufort, S.C., a man recently lost part of his arm after an alligator bit it while he was trying to retrieve his ball.

According to The Associated Press, the man, who has not been identified but is in his 70s, found himself pulled into a pond by the gator after trying to reach over and pick up his ball. His playing partners freed him from the gator's grasp, and wildlife workers retrieved the man's arm after killing the gator.

The golfer is being treated at the Medical University of South Carolina, where doctors hoped to reattach the arm.

FOND FAREWELL? -- If the Phoenix Coyotes indeed are on their way out of Arizona, they'll be sent off in style.

Tonight's home opener against Columbus at Jobing.com Arena is sold out.

The fans sold out the arena's 17,999 seats Thursday. The team is in the process of being sold, and strong indications suggest it will be moved.

OH, HEX! -- Is it possible Cristiano Ronaldo's recent ankle injury was the result of witchcraft?

According to Spanish newspaper Sport Today, an unnamed individual who claims to be a sorcerer put a hex on the Real Madrid soccer star.

"I am paid very well for using my powers," the warlock said under the condition of anonymity. "I've been hired to ensure Cristiano Ronaldo suffers a serious injury, which will mean he is sidelined for longer than he is playing."

The sorcerer claims to have used his mystical powers to harm Madrid twice before: once in 2003 when it failed to win anything for the next three years and again in 2006-07 when Sergio Ramos and Fabio Cannavaro were rendered ineffective and manager Fabio Capello lost his job despite winning the league.