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Auburn

Jerraud Powers was good enough to be on the field at the end of Auburn's epic 7-3 win over LSU. He played a crucial role in Auburn's 24-17 win at South Carolina. And he blocked the game-changing punt against Florida that helped Auburn prevail 27-17.

On Thursday, the Southeastern Conference named Powers, a former Decatur High standout, to its freshman all-SEC team. Two other Tigers, defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks and defensive back Aairon Savage, also made the team.

Powers recorded 25 tackles, of which 20 were solo this season as Auburn went 10-2 and attained a No. 10 end of the regular season ranking. He had a tackle for a loss and three pass deflections. In the LSU game, he finished with a season-high four tackles.

Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Houston Nutt says he has no plans to read or discuss a new book that attributes critical comments of him to freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain.

Nutt told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he preferred to focus on the fact that Mustain and three of his Springdale High School teammates joined Arkansas and were part of a successful season for the Razorbacks.

Kurt Voigt, prep sports editor at The Morning News in Springdale, wrote "Year of the Dog: One Year, One Team, One Goal" on Springdale High School's 2005 season, when the Bulldogs went undefeated on the way to winning the Class AAAAA state championship.

Included in the 198-page book are details of Mustain's recruitment last spring and the stress of the process. According to the book, Mustain questioned the direction of Arkansas' offense.

"We're doing more stuff on offense every week on a high school team than they are. And they're in the SEC," Mustain is quoted as saying. The high school senior goes on to describe the Razorbacks' conservative game plan as the "same old boring offense."

Miami

Longtime Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon will replace the fired Larry Coker as coach of the Hurricanes, The Miami Herald reported on its Web site Thursday.

The newspaper, citing an unidentified source, said Shannon accepted the job Thursday and that his hiring would be officially announced by the university today.

Shannon and Miami athletic director Paul Dee did not return calls from The Associated Press on Thursday, and university officials said they were aware of no pending announcements. Players had also not been formally told that Shannon was being promoted, yet many were thrilled by the news.

"It's the guy that I wanted. It's the guy a lot of us wanted," Miami quarterback Kirby Freeman told The AP. "Randy's been extremely sincere to this football program. He's been sincere about his feelings toward everyone on this team and the direction he wants this program to go. This is definitely the decision I wanted."

Last week, Dee said the university had "serious interest" in Shannon, even though the school was also speaking with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano — a former Miami assistant — and Texas Tech's Mike Leach about replacing Coker, who was fired after the Hurricanes went 6-6 in the regular season.

The 40-year-old Shannon would become the sixth black head coach currently at one of the 119 Division I-A schools, joining Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom, UCLA's Karl Dorrell, Buffalo's Turner Gill, Kansas State's Ron Prince and Washington's Tyrone Willingham.

UAB

BIRMINGHAM — UAB coach Watson Brown's job status remains in limbo while a student group has called for his resignation.

The UAB Undergraduate Student Government Association passed a resolution Dec. 1 urging Brown to resign in the wake of a 3-9 season.

Brown has coached the Blazers for the past 12 seasons, going 62-74 and presiding over the program's rise to Division I-A.

The Birmingham News has reported that Brown will not be the coach next year, potentially leaving the sidelines to return to his former position as athletic director or exploring other coaching jobs.

- The Associated Press

Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
AP contributed to this report.

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