Michigan's Robinson eligible to play in bowl vs. South Carolina

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Georgia coach Mark Richt quickly shot down a pre-bowl storyline on Tuesday that was being kept alive during the last week, denying that a tug of war still might go on for Malcolm Mitchell between offense and defense.

Richt ended that by firmly answering the question of what he thought Mitchell’s role would be in 2013.

“What do I think it’s going to be? Wide receiver,” Richt said. “I doubt he plays any more corner. I think he needs to play one position.”

MICHIGAN: Quarterback Denard Robinson pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license and remains eligible to play in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina.

Wolverines spokesman David Ablauf said Tuesday that Robinson paid a fine and faces no additional punishment from the school.

Bath Township police Lt. Lyle Lindemulder said Robinson was pulled over in the early morning hours of Nov. 4 for failing to signal and having an expired license plate tag.

The Clinton County district court clerk’s office says Robinson pleaded guilty Monday.

PENN STATE: Back from the recruiting trail, Bill O’Brien returned to his office this week for one-on-one meetings with players and a sit-down with his staff about the roster.

Nearly a year after taking on the challenge of guiding the Nittany Lions, O’Brien has settled in quite nicely into the coach’s corner suite at the football building.

“It was a very good start to a new era of Penn State football. Just like any season, you wish you had a few plays back,” O’Brien said. “At the end of the day, it seems like a successful season.”

Given unprecedented circumstances this season, an 8-4 record in 2012 can be considered a resounding success.

KENTUCKY: Neal Brown plans to bring the ‘Air Raid’ offense to the Wildcats. He said it won’t take long to install the up-tempo, passing attack, that it can be done quickly.

The team’s new offensive coordinator said he will employ the offense that helped Texas Tech’s offense rank in the top 15 nationally during his three seasons there.

Brown, hired Dec. 10, learned the nuts-and-bolts of the offense playing wide receiver at Kentucky under coach Hal Mumme from 1998-2000.

KENT STATE: Paul Haynes was formally announced as the team’s new coach.

Haynes replaces Darrell Hazell, who led the Golden Flashes to an 11-2 season.

Haynes last was the defensive coordinator at Arkansas.

Hazell became Purdue’s coach Dec. 5 after guiding No. 25 Kent State to its first bowl berth in 40 years. He will coach Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 5.
Haynes, 49, who played at Kent State (1987-91), met with the team before the press conference. He was on Jim Tressel’s staff for seven years at Ohio State and was also an assistant at Michigan State, Louisville, Northern Iowa, Ferris State and Bowling Green.


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