Originally created 02/07/98

College notes: Tech hires new linebackers coach



ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech assistant football coach Larry New has decided to step down and will be replaced on the defensive staff by Ted Roof, one of the Yellow Jackets' most popular former players.

Roof, a linebacker under coach Bill Curry from 1982-85 and formerly the defensive coordinator at Western Carolina, will become linebackers coach under Tech head coach George O'Leary.

New, 54, will remain at Tech in an administrative capacity.

"I'm a high-energy person and the only way I know how to coach is to go at it full speed," he said. "My energy level hasn't been as high this year."

Lance Thompson will take over as coach of the defensive line, the job New had last season. In January, O'Leary hired Jacksonville Jaguars secondary coach Randy Edsall to be his new defensive coordinator and secondary coach when Dave Huxtable left to join the East Carolina staff.

John Anselmo, who coached Tech's secondary last season, will be responsible for defensive ends.

GATORS IN TROUBLE?

The advertised appearance of five Florida players at a mobile home dealership's grand opening apparently violated NCAA rules, the university's athletic department has concluded.

The university plans to send information to the Southeastern Conference soon to report what it considers secondary NCAA violations by Jevon Kearse, Reggie McGrew, Jamie Campbell, Johnny Rutledge and Keith Kelsey.

An advertisement in The Buyer's Guide, an advertising circular, listed former and current Gator players who would attend the promotion at Classic Country Homes in the nearby town of Alachua.

Six current players were listed in the ad, but Mike Peterson and Tony George did not make an appearance. Kelsey was not listed in the ad but showed up.



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