Utah’s Whittingham claims national honor
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham might have been the only coach to cast a No. 1 vote for his team. On Tuesday, his fellow coaches gave him a consolation prize by naming him the American Football Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Whittingham’s Utes went 13-0, beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl for the best record in the school’s 115-year history. Utah also has the longest current bowl winning streak at eight, with Whittingham winning the last four.
But Utah finished No. 2 in The Associated Press poll and fourth in the coaches’ final poll.
Also: Frank Spaziani was named the new coach at Boston College, promoted after spending 12 seasons as an assistant with the Eagles, including the past 10 years as defensive coordinator.
Spaziani takes over for Jeff Jagodzinski, who was fired after he interviewed for the coaching job with the New York Jets.
Jim Harbaugh set the record straight: He plans to stay put coaching at Stanford.
There has been speculation in recent weeks that Harbaugh might interview for NFL openings in Detroit or Oakland and that he reportedly had met with the New York Jets last week about their head coaching vacancy.
“In response to persistent reports speculating my interest in other coaching positions, I would like to unequivocally state that I am 100 percent committed to Stanford, and I look forward to leading this football program for years to come,” Harbaugh said in a statement released by the university.
Former NFL MVP Brian Sipe was hired as quarterbacks coach at San Diego State, his alma mater.
It’s the first college coaching job for Sipe, who has spent the last eight seasons as head coach at Santa Fe Christian High in nearby Solana Beach, Calif.
He’ll work under Brady Hoke, who was hired away from Ball State in December to replace the fired Chuck Long.
New Mexico State quarterback J.J. McDermott is transferring to Southern Methodist, and receiver LaVorick Williams will leave for Texas Tech, new coach DeWayne Walker said.
Arkansas secondary coach Lorenzo Ward has left the Razorbacks to become defensive coordinator at South Carolina.
The Gamecocks announced the hiring. Ellis Johnson, South Carolina’s previous defensive coordinator, will now become assistant head coach for the defense under Ward.
Bruins’ Sturm will miss rest of NHL season
Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm is out for the season.
Sturm, who led the Bruins with 27 goals last season, had surgery on his left knee. Doctors repaired his meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament and said the operation was successful.
Sturm played 19 games this season and had seven goals and six assists before getting injured in an 8-5 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 18.
Also: Wranglers forward Kelly Czuy was recalled by the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. Czuy scored six points in nine games for Las Vegas (15-15-3) on a conditioning assignment.
Forwards Tyler Mosienko and Hugo Carpentier returned to the Wranglers from the AHL’s Manchester and Quad City teams, respectively.
UNLV freshman Zsusanna Jakabos was named Mountain West Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week.
Jakabos won three events last week in her first meet, taking the 200-yard butterfly, the 100 backstroke and the 400 individual medley to lead the Rebels past Texas Christian.
Friaca, who scored the lone goal for Brazil in its 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the final game of the 1950 World Cup, died at age 84 in Itaperuna, Brazil.