Gerry Faust's future as football coach at Notre Dame will be determined in two weeks, Athletic Director Gene Corrigan said yesterday.
Corrigan said the decision would be made within one week after the Fighting Irish play Miami on Nov. 30.
Faust is in the final year of his contract. The Irish are 30-24-1 under him, 5-4 this season.
Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, the university's executive vice president, has been assigned to direct the selection of a new coach, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, quoting a source at Notre Dame. The newspaper said Joyce will work in conjunction with Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, Notre Dame's president, and Corrigan.
Lou Holtz, the Minnesota coach, and Dick Vermeil, a CBS pro football commentator who coached the Philadelphia Eagles and UCLA, appear the front-runners to replace Faust, the newspaper said. George Welsh of Virginia, Terry Donahue of UCLA and Bobby Ross of Maryland head the second group of candidates tipped as being considered . . .
A federal judge refused to lift a suspension against senior Kenny Danforth that bars the Clemson starting strong safety from playing against arch rival South Carolina today in Columbia, S.C.
"Clemson or any university has a right to discipline its athletes for infractions," said U.S. District Judge William Wilkins. "No one has a constitutional right to play football."
Clemson and the Atlantic Coast Conference suspended Danforth from the Tigers' final regular season game after he admitted striking a Maryland player with his helmet at the end of last weekend's game.
Three underclassmen also were barred from playing in the South Carolina game and next season's Maryland game after officials reviewed videotapes of the Terrapins' Lewis Askew being hit on the sidelines. Two players were reprimanded but will be allowed to play.
"This court has no jurisdiction or authority to reverse a decision of your university," Wilkins told Danforth after a one-hour hearing.