A fact about Oklahoma's 2000 season was incorrect in an Associated Press college football roundup in the Dec. 8 Sports section. Oklahoma defeated Kansas State to win the Big 12 Conference championship game that season. (Published 12/9/02)
East Carolina football coach Steve Logan was fired yesterday after a 4-8 season.
Logan, 49, had more wins than any other coach in school history. His teams went 69-58 in 11 years and went to five bowl games, winning two, but the Pirates won four of their last 15 games.
His firing came a day after the Pirates lost at home to Cincinnati, 42-26. ECU finished tied for fifth in Conference USA at 4-4, its worst finish in six years of league play.
"Our football program is a cornerstone of the ECU athletic department. We will work diligently in our search to attract a successful coach to lead the Pirate football program," Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said.
Logan had three years remaining on his contract, which included a $300,000 buyout clause. After Friday night's loss. Logan said he couldn't control his fate, but that the school would have to write "an awful big check" to dismiss him.
Logan had an unlisted home telephone number and could not immediately be reached to comment yesterday. Media relations director Craig Wells said he didn't know where Logan was.
Logan came to East Carolina in 1989 as running backs coach and was offensive coordinator for two years before taking over as head coach before the 1992 season. Previously, he was an assistant at Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Colorado. . . .
North Carolina reserve defensive lineman Carl Smalls was shot and killed yesterday morning at a fraternity party in South Carolina.
Joseph Pellicci, a lieutenant with the Richland Co. Sheriff's Department, said Smalls was killed at a private club in Columbia, S.C., which was rented for a party.
"We got a call that shots had been fired a little after 2 a.m.," Pellicci said.
Pellicci declined to say how many times or where Smalls was shot or if he died at the scene. He said police have no suspects.
Seahawks' King Out
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Lamar King will miss the final four games after having surgery on his left knee.
King was the Seahawks' No. 1 draft pick in 1999, Coach Mike Holmgren's first year in Seattle. This season, King had 17 solo tackles, one sack and broke up five passes despite a nagging injury to his knee.
The nature of the injury wasn't disclosed. A team spokesman said King would have needed surgery after the season and decided to go ahead with the operation now.
Rookie Anton Palepoi will move into the starting lineup at left defensive end and John Hilliard, who has played in only two games, will be activated for the first time in nine weeks. The Seahawks (4-8) host the Philadelphia Eagles (9-3) Sunday.
Also, Seattle rookie cornerback Kris Richard, a third-round draft pick from USC, will have surgery to repair a hernia and probably won't play again this season.
Man. United Tops Arsenal
Manchester United defeated first-place Arsenal, 2-0, to draw within three points of the Premier League lead.
Juan Sebastian Veron scored in the 22nd minute and Paul Scholes scored in the 73rd for United, now in third place. Scholes set up the opening goal before a home crowd of 67,500 at Old Trafford.
Liverpool dropped two places to fourth after losing, 2-0, at Charlton, and Chelsea jumped to second with a 3-1 victory at Everton.
Arsenal has 35 points, followed by Chelsea at 33, Manchester United at 32 and Liverpool at 31. United was in ninth place a month into the season.
"There's a long way to go, but this has given us a chance," United Manager Alex Ferguson said.
Course Record for Harrington
Padraig Harrington stole the script and the show from Tiger Woods in the Target World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The Irishman overpowered the par 5s by making three eagles and lipping out another eagle putt. He wound up breaking the course record with a 9-under-par 63 to blow by Woods and seize a six-stroke lead.
Harrington was at 19-under 197, breaking by one stroke the 54-hole tournament record set in 2000 by Sergio Garcia. His six-stroke lead was the largest in the four-year history of the event. Vijay Singh had a four-shot lead through three rounds last year.
"That stuff usually happens to someone else," Harrington said.