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Recruiting Tool: Osborne Names Himself Interim Coach

Friday, November 30, 2007

Few Nebraska football fans are going to argue with Tom Osborne's decision on an interim head coach.

Already the interim athletic director, Osborne declared himself the coach until he hires a successor to Bill Callahan, allowing Nebraska's former coach to visit prospective recruits and try to prevent the program from slipping during the recruiting contact period.

Athletic department communications chief Randy York said Osborne, 70, who took over the department after the firing of Steve Pederson last month, passed an NCAA certification test on his first try Wednesday and has informed the Big 12 office of his new title. Osborne was unavailable to comment yesterday. York said Osborne would be on the road recruiting through the end of the week. . . .

Rutgers has accepted a bid to play in the International Bowl at Toronto's Rogers Center, marking the third consecutive season the Scarlet Knights will play in a bowl game after a nearly three-decade drought.

Rutgers, which has a 7-5 record following last night's 41-38 loss to Louisville, will play a team from the Mid-American Conference, most likely Ball State.

¿ COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Police reports of an alleged shooting incident involving Bob Knight differ slightly from the account given by the Lubbock man who said the Texas Tech coach or his hunting buddy fired birdshot his way.

James Simpson told the Associated Press that birdshot came into his yard three times on Oct. 21 and three times he yelled from a distance at Knight and the other man to move away from his home to hunt dove.

But, according to the police report, he only told the officer about just one instance when birdshot hit his house, after which he yelled at the two hunters to "back up."

Then, the report states, a pellet struck his head. Simpson told the AP that pellets hit his neck and back.

¿ BASEBALL: The Washington Nationals hired seven-time Gold Glove winner Devon White as an outfield coordinator for their minor league system.

White, 44, has been out of baseball since he retired after the 2001 season, the last of his 17 years in the majors. He was a three-time all-star and won two World Series championships with Toronto and another with Florida.

¿ SWIMMING: Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps by 1.24 seconds with an American-record time in the latest renewal of their rivalry.

Lochte lowered his own mark in the 200-yard individual medley, touching in 1 minute 40.08 seconds -- 0.47 of second better than his time from 2006.

Phelps was second in 1:41.32, a personal best in his first competition since breaking a bone in his right wrist in October.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports

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