Kansas State’s Prince out after this season
Kansas State coach Ron Prince will not return for the 2009 season, pushed out after failing to rebuild the Wildcats into a Big 12 contender.
Prince took over for Bill Snyder in 2006, his first head-coaching job after 14 years at six different schools. He never lived up to the standard Snyder set, going 16-18, including 4-5 this year.
Snyder was a consistent winner in 17 years as Kansas State’s coach, turning a team that won one game from 1987 to 1989 to one that won at least 10 games seven times and reached bowl games in 12 straight seasons from 1992 to 2003.
He retired after a 5-6 season in 2006, handing the program to Prince, Virginia’s offensive coordinator the previous three years.
Also: Quarterback Kevin Riley returned to practice with No. 21 California less than a week after sustaining a concussion.
But coach Jeff Tedford hasn’t named his starter for Saturday’s game against seventh-ranked Southern California.
Riley was injured in a 26-16 win over Oregon last week. Senior Nate Longshore, the former starter who has been Riley’s backup for most of this season, went 13-for-27 for 136 yards in the last three quarters.
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was placed on administrative leave from West Texas A&M, where he is quarterbacks coach and men’s golf coach for the Division II school.
Athletic director Michael McBroom said he met with Leaf on Sunday to “go through some options, and we agreed that a leave is the best option.” He said he could not comment on what prompted the decision and that he would not speculate on when or whether Leaf would return.
UNLV women advance in conference tourney
The UNLV women’s soccer team won a penalty-kick shootout to beat New Mexico in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament at Johann Memorial Field.
The fifth-seeded Rebels (11-6-3) advanced to the semifinals for the sixth straight year.
UNLV will play top-seeded Brigham Young at 3 p.m. today.
The Rebels outscored the fourth-seeded Lobos (8-5-6) 3-2 in the shootout. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of overtime.
No. 3 Texas Christian beat sixth-seeded San Diego State 2-1 in overtime in the other first-round game.
TCU will face No. 2 seed Utah at noon today.
Also: Nicole Barnhart and Briana Scurry each made three saves in the United States’ 0-0 tie with South Korea in Cincinnati that snapped an eight-match winning streak.
The U.S. women’s team’s last loss was a 2-0 defeat to Norway in the opening game of the Beijing Olympics, and the United States went on to win the gold medal.
Gwynn signs three-year contract to stay at SDSU
Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn signed a three-year contract to remain the baseball coach at San Diego State, his alma mater.
The former San Diego Padres star is 173-190 in six seasons at SDSU. Gwynn was named the Mountain West coach of the year in 2004.
Also: Venus Williams defeated Elena Dementieva 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to win her second round-robin match at the WTA’s season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Serena Williams defeated Dinara Safina, 6-4, 6-1.
The Williams sisters will play each other today.