Truth & Rumors: October 18, 2006
Posted: Wednesday October 18, 2006 10:23AM; Updated: Wednesday October 18, 2006 10:23AM
Dwayne Polee Jr., a 6-foot-6 freshman guard, said Tuesday he has made a commitment to USC, even though he has yet to play in a high school basketball game and is only 14 years old. Polee, expected to start as a freshman for City Section champion Westchester, said USC Coach Tim Floyd offered him a scholarship Monday and he accepted. Polee has been spending time working out at USC on his own.
There is no decision on Miami coach Larry Coker -- who remains in serious jeopardy to lose his job at the season's end -- and no active search to replace him. Names that continue to be mentioned informally among UM movers-and-shakers include Rutgers' Greg Schiano and Boston College's Tom O'Brien.
If you're hoping for Butch Davis' return to Miami, know this: There's strong sentiment among several key UM people against hiring him, partly because he allegedly misled UM about whether he would stay before taking a job with the Cleveland Browns. And one of Davis' biggest allies at UM, Pete Garcia, left to join Florida International.
Cal quarterback Nate Longshore confirmed Tuesday a Web rumor that he and coach Jeff Tedford have discussed timetables for a Mormon mission, but the sophomore quarterback denied making a decision as to when or if he'd leave school.
LSU junior running back Alley Broussard returned to practice Tuesday, dismissing Internet reports that he had quit the team. Broussard did not play against Kentucky Saturday night, the second game in which he didn't see action. A source close to the football team said Broussard was held out for being late for a meeting Friday before the game against the Wildcats.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday that he believes it's possible that Adrian Peterson will play for Oklahoma when he heals from a broken collarbone suffered in last Saturday's victory over Iowa State. Stoops based his reasoning on conversations Peterson has had with running backs coach Cale Gundy and team trainers.
Penn State might not know until tomorrow who will be under center Saturday for the game against Illinois. Anthony Morelli and Daryll Clark were put through tests by team doctors Monday. Both were expected to return to practice yesterday but were to be limited to a light throwing regimen. Joe Paterno said he would not know until tomorrow about the status of either player because doctors said there is a five-day observation period after concussions.
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