Originally created 12/19/06

Stanford hires Harbaugh as coach



Stanford hired former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh on Monday to take over its struggling football program.

Harbaugh had spent the past three years as head coach at the University of San Diego, a non-scholarship Division I-AA program. He led the Toreros to a 29-6 record, winning 27 of his final 29 games at San Diego.

The school planned to formally introduce Harbaugh at a news conference today. Phone messages left for Harbaugh were not immediately returned.

Harbaugh has the tough task of turning around the Cardinal, which set a school record for losses in a 1-11 season this year that led to the firing of coach Walt Harris.

Stanford has won just 16 games in the past five seasons under Harris and Buddy Teevens, and have to struggled to compete in the Pac-10 since Tyrone Willingham left for Notre Dame after the 2001 season.

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies will be without No. 2 quarterback Ike Whitaker when they face Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Dec. 30 in Atlanta.

The university released a statement issued by Whitaker saying he was undergoing inpatient treatment for alcohol-related issues.

Whitaker, a 6-foot-4, 204-pound redshirt freshman, appeared in five games in the regular season. He completed 10 of 16 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown, and rushed nine times for 47 yards.

Whitaker, who pleaded no contest last spring to charges of public intoxication, underage possession of alcohol and destruction of property in an incident on campus, said he realized he needed help.

Sophomore Cory Holt will back up starter Sean Glennon in the game. Holt hasn't attempted a pass this season.

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles are preparing to hire Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski as head coach, a school official told The Associated Press.

Jagodzinski has been offered the job and is expected to be introduced at a news conference Wednesday, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the move had not been officially announced.

Athletic director Gene DeFilippo didn't return a call seeking comment. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday he wouldn't comment on the situation, and a Packers spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Jagodzinski.

ARKANSAS: The school added a year to coach Houston Nutt's contract and intends to give him a raise as reward for leading the Razorbacks to the Southeastern Conference championship game. The extension keeps Nutt under contract until 2012.

AUBURN: Senior tight end Cole Bennett, who broke his right ankle in the game against Louisiana State, has decided to return for a fifth season.

DOOLEY'S SON HIRED: Derek Dooley, son of longtime Georgia football coach Vince Dooley, was hired as head coach by Louisiana Tech. He has been an assistant coach for the Miami Dolphins the past two years.