Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and Alabama special teams coach Bobby Williams are among the 29 nominees for the 2012 Broyles Award, the honor handed out to the country's top assistant football coach.
The award is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Little Rock and is named for longtime Arkansas football coach and athletic director Frank Broyles. It's presented each year to the top assistant coach in college football.
Other nominees include Ohio State offensive line coach Ed Warriner, Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Arkansas State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Rhett Lashlee.
Five finalists will be announced Monday and the award will be presented Tuesday in Little Rock.
LOS ANGELES — Former major league baseball pitcher-turned-Christian radio personality Frank Pastore has been critically injured in a freeway motorcycle crash.
Pastore was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 until 1985 and for the Minnesota Twins in 1986.
The California Highway Patrol says a car collided with Pastore's motorcycle and he was ejected on Interstate 210 in Duarte, about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. He was found unconscious on the freeway Monday night.
Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center spokeswoman Rosa Saca says the 55-year-old Pastore remains in critical condition Wednesday.
SALT LAKE CITY — A 9-year-old Utah girl who plays little-league football can claim a Wheaties cereal box.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Samantha Gordon of Herriman goes by the nickname Sweet Feet.
Gordon ran for more than 2,000 yards and scored 35 touchdowns in a just-completed season for the Gremlin Division of the Ute Conference — football for little leaguers.
The girl's performance has gone viral on YouTube, making her something of a sports celebrity. She appeared Wednesday on Good Morning America with her likeness on a custom-made box of Wheaties.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Two Iowa wrestlers were suspended from the team Wednesday after they admitted to illegally hunting rabbits on campus in hopes of making rabbit-skin caps, according to police.
Alex Meyer and Connor Ryan, both freshmen, were arrested Tuesday night after a security officer saw two men, including one with a long gun, near the nursing building, according to an incident report. Officers later found the two in Hillcrest Residence Hall and discovered rabbit skins in Meyer's dormitory.
Meyer and Ryan each admitted to hunting with friends on campus using air rifles, which discharge pellets or BBs.
Meyer and Ryan were both charged with violating a municipal code by discharging air rifles within city limits, a simple misdemeanor punishable with anywhere from a $65 fine to 30 days in jail; and cited for violating a state law that bans hunting after dark, which carries a $93 fine. Meyer was also cited for hunting without a license, a $100 infraction.