Dogs to pay tribute to former announcer

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Larry Munson spent more than 42 years high above the cheers at Sanford Stadium, describing the action at Georgia football games from his perch in the radio booth.

For a moment between the first and second quarters of Saturday's game against Georgia Tech, Munson will feel the home crowd's cheers raining down, just like the players who served as the subjects of his calls since 1966.

Munson, who retired on Sept. 22 because of declining health, will be honored on the field between quarters with a video tribute on the scoreboard and a presentation from Georgia athletic director Damon Evans. Munson will receive a 3x4 original oil painting of himself created by renowned Atlanta artist Steve Penley.

"He's a legend. I think the Georgia fans will be excited about this opportunity to pay tribute to Larry," Georgia director of marketing John Bateman said.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN: Five players, including Swainsboro alum Raja Andrews, were named either to the All-Southern Conference first or second teams.

Linebacker Chris Covington and defensive lineman Dakota Walker were named to the first team. Andrews, a wide receiver, offensive lineman Dio Herrera and kicker Adrian Mora made the second team.

Andrews had a record-breaking senior season, setting school records with 64 catches for 873 yards. He also scored five TDs.

PENN STATE: Coach Joe Paterno was released from the hospital, two days after undergoing hip replacement surgery.

The 81-year-old coach had surgery to fix a sore hip that prevented him from pacing the sidelines. He coached the final seven games of the regular season from the press box.

Paterno was expected to start evaluating tape of last week's win while home and resume coaching duties Monday, when players return from Thanksgiving break.

It's unclear whether Paterno will be healthy enough to return to the sideline for the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

FLORIDA: Offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey missed practice, a day after their stepfather lost a leg in a railcar accident.

Rob Webster was caught between two railcars at a feed store in Lakeland, Fla., according to family friends, and was in critical but stable condition at a hospital there.

Coach Urban Meyer said he expected them to return to Gainesville today and practice as No. 2 Florida prepares to face 23rd-ranked Florida State.

MISSOURI: The Tigers and Gary Pinkel have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract that guarantees the coach $2.3 million per season through 2015.

Athletic director Mike Alden said the deal begins on Jan. 1.

PITTSBURGH: LeSean McCoy's second Backyard Brawl rivalry game against West Virginia on Friday apparently won't be his last.

Despite speculation he might enter the NFL Draft next spring, the running back said he plans to return for his junior season.

"I'm talented, but right now I'm in school and I'm looking to stay here," said McCoy, who has rushed for 2,453 yards and scored 33 touchdowns in two seasons.

CINCINNATI: The 16th-ranked Bearcats will play their last two regular-season games without top cornerback Mike Mickens, who had surgery on Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Cincinnati hopes to have Mick-ens back for its bowl game.

NO. 15 BALL STATE 45, WESTERN MICHIGAN 22

In Muncie, Ind., MiQuale Lewis ran for three touchdowns, and Nate Davis threw for one and ran for another to keep No. Ball State among the nation's four unbeaten teams.

It was a milestone win for the Cardinals (12-0, 8-0 Mid-American Conference). They have their first perfect regular season since 1949, their first undefeated season in MAC play since 1978 and they finally clinched a spot in the conference title game.

Ball State will play Buffalo on Dec. 5 with a chance to win its first MAC title since 1996.


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