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The Alabama football team will host homecoming Oct. 6 when the Crimson Tide football team faces Houston.

In a release, the school announced that further details about homecoming activities, including a kickoff time for the game, will be released as they are finalized.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — It took nearly three years to finalize a $1 million deferred bonus for Razorback football coach Houston Nutt that University of Arkansas officials say he earned by turning down an offer from Nebraska in January 2004, according to university documents.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Thursday that Fayetteville campus chancellor John White outlined terms of the bonus in a letter in October to Chuck Dicus, president of the Razorback Foundation. A copy of the letter was obtained through a Freedom-of-Information Act request to the university.

Austin Peay

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Austin Peay named alumnus and former UAB defensive coordinator Rick Christophel head coach on Friday.

Christophel, 54, was a safety his freshman year and then quarterback three seasons for the Governors from 1971 to 1974 before graduating in 1975.

He was an assistant coach at Vanderbilt from 1986 to 1990, including a year as defensive coordinator in 1989.

Since going to UAB in 1995, he had several roles, including stints as offensive coordinator, senior associate athletic director, and then defensive coordinator in 2001 and last season.

He has previously been an assistant coach at Austin Peay, Southern Arkansas, Cincinnati, Rice and Mississippi State.

It sure is good to be home, Christophel said. Ive seen faces Ive not seen in a long time, and to do the things we want to do here its going to take everybody getting involved.

He succeeds Carroll McCray, who unexpectedly resigned last month and took a job as offensive line coach at Furman. He said he made the move to be closer to his family in the Carolinas.

The vacancy came open as the Governors prepare to return to scholarship football this year in the Ohio Valley Conference after five seasons as a non-scholarship program in the independent Pioneer Football League.

Christophel and his wife, Connie, have three daughters.

Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brady Quinn stood under the bright lights with one woman fussing with his hair and two more working at his feet trying to get his shoelaces just right.

Welcome to the world of endorsements.

The former Notre Dame quarterback spent about two hours Friday posing for photos for Nike ads. He originally was scheduled to take part Wednesday in a shoot in Florida with NFL prospects JaMarcus Russell, Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, Greg Olsen, Amobi Okoye and Gaines Adams, but delayed it because he worked out Thursday for NFL scouts.

So instead he did a solo shoot and the images of Quinn will digitally be put in with the others. The photo will be used on a Manhattan billboard and for magazine ads, Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said.

Quinn said the whole process was a bit strange.

Theyre touching up your shirt or your hair or your shoelaces, its odd to me, he said. I dont think Ill ever get used to that.

While he felt odd doing it, Stoyer said Quinn was a natural for endorsing products.

Hes the whole package, Stoyer said. Hes articulate, hes photogenic plus hes a stellar athlete.

Earlier Friday, Quinn was over at an AM General Corp. test track for an endorsement deal he has with Hummer. He was excited about the test drive he took at the obstacle course there.

I was just thinking theres no way this cars not going to tip over, he said. Somehow, one way or another it still ended up being OK.

He didnt seem as excited about the photo shoot, yawning several times between shots. Quinn knew he was in for a different experience when shortly after he arrived in the studio, he was swarmed with people trying to give him just the right look.

Staff, Wire Reports

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