News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2007


Alabama football

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama quarterback Jimmy Barnes has decided to transfer to a Division I-AA school, but hasn't picked one yet.

The sophomore has three years of eligibility remaining.

Barnes moved up to second on the depth chart behind John Parker Wilson when Marc Guillon left school during last season. He was unable to participate in contact drills during spring practice because of a knee injury.

Freshman Greg McElroy worked behind Wilson during the spring.

The Crimson Tide's only other scholarship quarterback is incoming freshman Nick Fanuzzi, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from San Antonio, Texas.

? Alabama named Jeff Allen head football athletic trainer on Monday and moved Rodney Brown from head athletic trainer to director of rehabilitation services for the athletic program.

Allen has been Central Florida's head athletic trainer since 2004 after holding the same position at Tennessee-Chattanooga. His primary responsibilities with the Crimson Tide will be the care and prevention of injuries for the football program.

Brown will be responsible for overseeing all physical rehab for Tide athletes in all sports.

Georgia football

TIFTON, Ga. — Tift County High School's two-sport star Israel Troupe, already enrolled at Georgia on a football scholarship, faces a career decision after he was picked in the 31st round of the baseball draft by the Colorado Rockies on Friday.

Troupe, a wide receiver, already is taking classes at Georgia but now has an option of a professional baseball career.

"I don't know anything right now," Troupe said. "I haven't spoken with anyone from the Rockies yet. I do know it is an honor to have been selected out of high school though."

Troupe (6-1, 200) said he was surprised to have been drafted by Colorado.

Tennessee basketball

KNOXVILLE — Ray Mears, the Tennessee basketball coach who presided over the "Ernie and Bernie show" during his 15 seasons guiding the Volunteers, died Monday. He was 80.

Mears had been in declining health for some time, university spokesman John Painter said.

In the mid-1970s, Mears coached future NBA players Ernie Grunfeld and Bernard King. Mears' teams went 278-112 at Tennessee between 1962 and 1978. Under Mears, the Vols won or shared Southeastern Conference titles in 1967, 1972 and 1977. The 1967 championship was the school's first in 24 years.

In 2003, Mears had a series of health problems, including a stroke. While coaching, he suffered from clinical depression for years.

TCU basketball

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jim Killingsworth, who took over a struggling TCU basketball team in the 1980s and coached the Horned Frogs to the NCAA tournament, has died. He was 83.

Killingsworth died Sunday of complications from a stroke last month at his home in Owasso, Okla., the university said.

When he arrived in 1979, TCU had won just three of its previous 48 Southwest Conference games. His teams steadily improved and in 1986 qualified for the NIT, where the Horned Frogs fell in the second round to Florida. In 1987, Killingsworth's winningest team made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament but lost to Notre Dame.

Killingsworth retired after that season, with a 130-106 record in eight seasons.

UC San Diego basketball

SAN DIEGO — Chris Carlson, who spent four seasons working for Ben Howland at UCLA, was hired as the head coach at UC San Diego on Monday.

Carlson takes over for Bill Carr, who left to become an assistant at the University of San Diego after posting a 38-45 record in three seasons at UCSD, a Division II school.

The Tritons were 12-15 last season.

- The Associated Press

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