Archive for Friday, December 7, 2001

College Football Briefs

December 7, 2001


San Diego State names Craft coach

San Diego Junior college coach Tom Craft was hired to fill San Diego State's football vacancy on Thursday, less than 24 hours after withdrawing from consideration for the job.

Craft replaces Ted Tollner, who was fired last month after going 42-48 in eight seasons. Craft will receive a four-year contract, with a one-year rollover, at $400,000 per year.

Craft was San Diego State's offensive coordinator from 1994-96. He had been negotiating with athletics director Rick Bay, but released a statement Wednesday night saying he was no longer interested.

His agent, Bruce Tollner, said Thursday that Craft was busy preparing for the state junior college title game.

CBS extends contract with SEC through 2008

New York CBS Sports and the Southeastern Conference agreed Thursday to extend their TV rights deal for the league's football championship game through 2008.

The agreement also gives CBS the rights to prime-time and regular-season doubleheaders.

Florida reserve QB thinks about leaving

Gainesville, Fla. Florida backup quarterback Brock Berlin is considering transferring after the season.

"I've learned a lot these past two years," Berlin told the Orlando Sentinel, "and it just didn't work out the way I thought it would. I'm going to think it over and go from there."

Berlin was considered a top high school prospect when coach Steve Spurrier signed him two seasons ago.

Spurrier used him as a reserve last season, burning a year of Berlin's eligibility. It was a move the coach later admitted was a mistake. Both Berlin and Rex Grossman are sophomores, leading some to suggest Berlin might take a redshirt year next season to stagger himself and Grossman.

Mount Union running back named top Div. III player

Collegeville, Minn. Mount Union, Ohio, running back Chuck Moore was selected Thursday as the Div. III football player of the year.

Moore owns his team's career and regular-season rushing records with more than 4,000 yards.

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