To play quarterback for Mississippi State, Dylan Favre, the 17-year-old nephew of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. The son of Brett's youngest brother, Jeff, Dylan (below) set single-season state records for total offense (6,854 yards) and total touchdowns (81) en route to winning player of the year honors and a state title for St. Stanislaus (Miss.) High this fall. With college options limited by his stature (he's 5'11", three inches shorter than Brett), Dylan chose the Bulldogs, declining an offer from his uncle's alma mater, Southern Miss.
To the Greek club Aris by Portugal's Benfica, 20-year-old former soccer wunderkind Freddy Adu. A native of Ghana, Adu was selected first overall by D.C. United in the 2004 MLS draft at age 14, making him one of the youngest players to sign a pro sports contract in U.S. history. But as an attacking midfielder he scored only 12 goals in 98 MLS games and has since only started infrequently on three foreign teams. Adu hopes that the move to a lesser club will lead to more playing time and improve his chances of returning to the U.S. national team for June's World Cup.
To coach the Seattle Seahawks, USC's Pete Carroll. The Trojans' leader of almost a decade won two national titles in L.A. and held the second-best winning percentage (.836) among active coaches, but his departure seemed imminent after years of courtship by NFL teams and off-the-field turmoil (including alleged finanical improprieties by former Southern Cal running backs Reggie Bush and Joe McKnight). The move, which follows Seattle's dismissal of Jim Mora (5--11), marks Carroll's third head coaching stint in the pros; in one season with the Jets (1994) and three with the Patriots ('97--99) he was 33--31. Said Carroll, 58, who previously had reaffirmed his desire to stay in Southern California, "[This job] came out of nowhere."