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Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s Jim Tressel did not vote in this week’s USA Today coaches’ poll to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest.

It’s a move the newspaper said could jeopardize his future in the selection process.

“We are disappointed with coach Tressel’s decision, but our oversight role does not grant us authority to compel his participation,” USA Today’s managing editor for sports Monte Lorell said Sunday in a statement. “The agreement with the American Football Coaches Association obligates the panel of coaches to disclose final regular season ballots, without exception. Coach Tressel’s future involvement in the poll will be part of our annual review with AFCA executive director Grant Teaff.”

Told that USA Today was unhappy with him on Sunday night, Tressel acted surprised.

“Maybe they’ll fire me as a pollster,” he said, half joking.

Tressel said he didn’t feel right putting Ohio State in the middle of the decision of whom the Buckeyes should play for the national title.

Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno won’t let a broken left leg slow him down or knock him out of football.

The 79-year-old Paterno said Sunday that he intends to lead the Nittany Lions (8-4) from the sideline at the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 and coach for at least another couple of years.

“I don’t want to walk away from it because of this little bit of a setback,” Paterno said in a teleconference. “I had not intended to walk away from it in the next couple years because I didn’t have any plans, and I still don’t have any plans to walk away.”


SHREVEPORT, La. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference is hunting for a new home and Shreveport officials would like to persuade it to settle there.

Area officials submitted their bid to lure the SWAC headquarters, along with the league’s football and basketball championships, to Shreveport and Bossier City. The official deadline for the bid was Friday.

The SWAC could reach a decision as early as February.

The Associated Press

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