Bulldogs strength coach is relieved of his duties

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Mark Richt: Georgia head coach replaced Dave Van Halanger as strength coach with a former Bulldog, Joe Tereshinski.

Dave Van Halanger, who followed coach Mark Richt from Florida State, was removed as Georgia's strength and conditioning coach on Thursday.

Joe Tereshinski, an ex-Bulldogs player who has been on staff since 1982, will replace Van Halanger effective Jan. 1, according to Georgia.

Van Halanger, 57, said Richt informed him Thursday during a meeting that he was being reassigned to a position as administrative assistant to Richt.

"My goal is to be a strength coach," Van Halanger said. "I'm a good strength coach. I want to be a strength coach again some time. I will work tremendously hard at whatever I need to do. I love working with kids. I love working with the kids at Georgia."

Van Halanger said he still needs to talk to Richt about whether he will continue as strength coach through the bowl game.

"I understand him and he understands that I'm going to do everything I can to help," Van Halanger said. "Mark wanted to make a change. I'm going to be assigned to other duties and I'm going to work very hard at it."

Tereshinski, also 57, was a two-year starter at center for Georgia in 1975-76. He has been an assistant strength coach since 1982 while also serving as assistant offensive line coach from 1982-84, administrative assistant to the coach Vince Dooley in 1985-86 and video coordinator since 1987.

NEWTON SAGA: NCAA President Mark Emmert responded to the backlash that the governing body is allowing Cam Newton to play in the SEC Championship game even though his father sought payment for his services.

"We recognize that many people are outraged at the notion that a parent or anyone else could 'shop around' a student-athlete and there would possibly not be repercussions on the student-athlete's eligibility," Emmert said in a statement on the NCAA's Web site.

Emmert added that he's committed to "further clarifying and strengthening our recruiting and amateurism rules so they promote appropriate behavior by students, parents, coaches and third parties." He also said the NCAA will "work aggressively with our members to amend our bylaws so that this type of behavior is not a part of intercollegiate athletics."

COLORADO: Athletic director Mike Bohn says he hopes to hire a coach in the next few days and denied he had already offered the job to Washington Redskins assistant Jon Embree.

Arkansas State: Hugh Freeze, the high school coach portrayed in the blockbuster movie The Blind Side, has been elevated to top job at Arkansas State.

BOWLS: The Chick-fil-A Bowl has announced one of the teams for its Dec. 31 game. Well, sort of.

Officials for the Atlanta-based bowl say they will invite the loser of Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game between No. 12 Virginia Tech (10-2) and No. 20 Florida State (9-3).

The winner earns an automatic BCS bid and a likely trip to the Orange Bowl.

- Syracuse has accepted an invitation to represent the Big East Conference in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

The Orange (7-5) will face a representative of the Big 12 on Dec. 30.

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