National briefs: Celebrating OSU fans hurt

December 5, 2011


— Thousands of fans stormed the field and tore down goalposts after Oklahoma State’s 44-10 victory over archrival Oklahoma, leaving at least 13 people injured, including two who were airlifted to hospitals, medical and university officials said Sunday.

Michael Authement, who heads the command post at emergency medical provider LifeNet EMS, told the Associated Press that a throng so big took to the field as the game ended that some fans were trampled and one person fell at least 15 feet onto concrete during a wild celebration by Oklahoma State fans.

No. 3 Oklahoma State routed the No. 13 Sooners on Saturday night to win the Big 12 championship and make its case to play for the BCS national title. The Cowboys (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) snapped an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry and won their first outright conference title since 1948 in the three-team Missouri Valley.

“They won the game and stormed the field and ripped down the goalposts, and some were jumping off the stands and hit the field and others got trampled. It was a nasty deal,” Authement said.

Colorado State fires Fairchild

Colorado State football coach Steve Fairchild has been fired after three straight 3-9 seasons.

New athletic director Jack Graham announced his decision Sunday, a day after the Rams lost their eighth straight game, 22-19 to Wyoming.

Hill out at Fresno State

Fresno State fired coach Pat Hill on Sunday, a day after the Bulldogs matched a school record for losses in the final game of his 15th season.

Hill built a reputation at Fresno State as a giant killer with the mantra of playing anybody, anywhere, anytime. But in recent years, the Bulldogs struggled both in conference play and in meetings against major teams and fans stopped packing Bulldog Stadium.

Ole Miss, Freeze to meet

Mississippi scheduled a meeting on Sunday night with Arkansas State’s Hugh Freeze about its opening, a person familiar with the coaching told the Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the school has not announced the meeting.

Arkansas State athletic director Dean Lee confirmed in a statement that Mississippi had requested to speak with Freeze, but did not give any other details.

UAB names McGee

Birmingham, Ala. — UAB has hired Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee as head coach.

Blazers athletic director Brian Mackin announced the hiring Sunday night, a day after Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino issued a statement congratulating McGee on landing the job.

McGee is a finalist for the Broyles Award given to the nation’s top assistant. He replaces Neil Callaway, who was ousted after five seasons when he failed to post a winning record.


Marlins splurge on Reyes

Dallas — The suddenly splurging Miami Marlins landed their second big free agent in a matter of days, agreeing Sunday night to a $106 million, six-year contract with All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.

After adding All-Star closer Heath Bell for $27 million over three years, the Marlins gave the NL batting champion a deal that includes a club option for 2018 that would make the contract worth $120 million, the person said, speaking Sunday night on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.


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