When LaVell Edwards became coach at BYU, some said he wouldn't last three years.
That was 27 years ago, before Edwards engineered BYU's rise to national prominence. On Wednesday, he signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him in Provo through 2004.
Terms weren't disclosed but published reports have placed Edwards' salary at $250,000 annually. Edwards, 68, declined to say if he had received a raise in the new contract.
Edwards has a career record of 245-91-3 and ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches, winning 72 percent of his games. The Cougars won the 1984 national title after beating Michigan in the Holiday Bowl to finish 13-0.
Alabama coach Mike DuBose, whose job is on the line now that athletic director Bob Bockrath has been ousted, called on the Crimson Tide factions to come together.
"I know it's time for people that care about this university to start supporting whoever is in charge, whether it's the board of trustees, the president, the athletic director, the head coaches," he said. "It's time to come together and support this university."
Speaking to reporters after learning that Bockrath had resigned on Tuesday, DuBose said the Alabama community has been divided for too long.
"I think it's been a problem for some time," he said. "People may not want to hear this, but it's been a problem since coach (Bear) Bryant retired. There are too many factions out there with their own agendas. It's one university, and it's time for people to support this one university."
GOOD WORKS TEAM:
Clemson's Robert Carswell and South Carolina's Corey Atkins have been named to the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, which honors those who show exceptional dedication to community service and to the betterment of the communities in which they live.
The other nine Division I-AA players named to the team are Dan Alexander (Nebraska), Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State), Casey Crawford (Virginia), Haven Fields (Auburn), Curtis Fuller (TCU), Seth Hanson (Kentucky), Grant Irons (Notre Dame), Bill Marsau (Iowa State) and Dulymus McAlister (Mississippi).
Suspended wingback Shevin Wiggins pleaded innocent to a charge of sexual assualt of a child.
Wiggins, accused of fondling a 14-year-old girl in July, appeared briefly with his lawyer, Terry Dougherty, and entered his plea in Lancaster County (Neb.) District Court. Wiggins, who will turn 25 on Monday, is accused of fondling the girl outside a foster home where she lived late July 25 or early July 26.
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