Originally created 05/08/99

Overtime: Dayton hires ex-Georgia coach Jirsa



The University of Dayton has hired former Georgia head basketball coach Ron Jirsa as the Flyers' top assistant.

Jirsa, 39, was an assistant to Kentucky coach Tubby Smith at Tulsa and Georgia before replacing Smith as the Bulldogs' head coach two years ago.

Jirsa led Georgia to the National Invitation Tournament in 1998 and 1999, but he was fired March 11 after the Bulldogs lost 11 of their final 14 games to finish 15-15.

The Flyers, who play in the Atlantic 10, had a 21-12 record in 1997-98, but fell to 11-17 last season.

"This is a great opportunity to join one of the top basketball programs in the country," Jirsa said.

USC Aiken has added four more men's basketball players to its program, all from Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla.

Dain Brown, a 5-foot-11 guard from St. Petersburg, Fla.; Chris Robinson, a 6-6 forward from Post Alachua, Fla.; and Areon Atkinson, a 6-2 guard from Jacksonville, signed with the Pacers. All three averaged at least 13.5 points per game last season, led by Brown's 16.5 average. All three were named all-Mid-Florida Conference this season and Brown was a two-time all-conference performer for Santa Fe.

The Pacers, 14-14 last season, earlier signed Eric Dugans from Lower Richland High in Columbia.

Glenn Hills High'sQuintrell Becton has signed to play basketball at Paine College next season. The 6-4 forward averaged 10 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season for the Spartans, who finished 6-11. Becton is also an outstanding student, having scored over 1,000 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

PAINE SHRINE:

Four former Paine College athletes are to be inducted into the colleg's Athletic Hall of Fame today in the Peters Campus Center at 12:30 p.m.

The athletes are Joe Scott, a 1960 graduate who participated in basketball, football and track; Marvin Reid, who played football and graduates in 1962; Veronica Freeman, an All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball player, who graduated in 1984, and Bettina Flakes, an all-conference and All-American high jumper and a 1996 graduate.

TENNIS:

Columbus State edged USC Aiken's men's team 5-4 in the NCAA Division II South Regionals in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday. The Pacers won one of three doubles and three of six singles matches.

Pacers' winners were No. 2 Toby Croke over Michael Waite 7-5, 6-1; No. 4 Shaun Rinaman over Kristofer Bergdahl 6-4, 7-5; No. 5 Matt Harris over Thomas Lindblad, and the No. 3 doubles of Andrei Cotuna and Aleem Ladha over Lindblad and Henrik Roseburg 8-2.

BASS FISHING:

Neither Co-Anglers Don Morrison of Lincolnton, Ga., nor David Geeter of Augusta made it into today's final round of the EverStart Bass Tournament on Lake Eufaula. Rodger Beaver of Leesburg, Ga., leads the top 10 Pro Division anglers into the chase for the $10,000 in cash and the Ranger boat.

FOOTBALL:

Former Dallas Cowboys lineman Mark Tuinei was not breathing when he was found in his car, according to the 911 tape released Friday by Plano, Texas police.

"He is not breathing?" the emergency-services dispatcher is heard asking the man who placed the call.

"No, ah, he stopped breathing, I guess last night," the man answered. "I can't feel a pulse."

Spokesman Carl Duke said police know the caller's identity but declined to name him. The man gave the name "Nicky" to the dispatcher.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Tuinei was accompanied by Cowboys reserve fullback Nicky Sualua when he picked up a black 1933 Ford roadster from a repair shop in nearby Carrollton on Wednesday.