Clemson football coach

Tommy Bowden

agreed to a four-year extension yesterday that could keep him with the Tigers longer than any coach but the program's celebrated patriarch,

Frank Howard

.

Bowden has coached Clemson since 1998, and his new deal would take him through 2014. Only Howard's 30-season tenure at Clemson (1940-69) would be longer.

Amid reports that the 53-year-old Bowden was wooed by Arkansas, athletic director

Terry Don Phillips

said the coach's new financial package moved him among the highest-paid coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Bowden, 69-41 since taking over at Clemson, said he was never offered the Arkansas job by new athletic director

Jeff Long

. The coach said he always had felt confident that he and Phillips would settle contract talks that began Nov. 25, a day after Clemson (9-3) defeated archrival South Carolina, 23-21.

Clemson will play Auburn Dec. 31 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

Auburn coach

Tommy Tuberville

, 53, agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2013 season that includes a $200,000 annual raise and ends speculation that he might leave for another job.

He will make $2.8 million next season, escalating to $3.8 million in the final year, the Birmingham News and Huntsville Times reported.

The Tigers are 79-33 in Tuberville's nine seasons at Auburn.

Ousted UCLA football coach

Karl Dorrell

has decided not to coach the Bruins when they play Brigham Young in the Las Vegas Bowl. Defensive coordinator

DeWayne Walker

will serve as interim coach for the Dec. 22 game.

Trent Miles

, an assistant on

Tyrone Willingham's

staffs at Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington for the last seven years, was chosen as the new football coach at Indiana State.

Miles, 44, was a wide receiver for the Sycamores and started his coaching career at Indiana State in 1987 as a graduate assistant and coach of receivers and defensive backs.

Bo Pelini

has

Tom Osborne's

"full support" to serve as an assistant coach for second-ranked LSU in the BCS championship game.

Nebraska's interim athletic director said his new head coach would be on the sideline as LSU takes on top-ranked Ohio State Jan. 7 in New Orleans.

Frank Girardi

, Lycoming College's football coach, is retiring after 36 seasons.

Girardi has a career record of 257-97-4 at the Division III school in Williamsport, Pa. He ranks 15th in NCAA coaching victories among all divisions.

Elsewhere.

Tulsa quarterback

Paul Smith

won the Wuerrfel Trophy in recognition of his academic and athletic achievements and a commitment to community service. . . . Texas center

Dallas Griffin

won the Draddy Award as the top scholar-athlete in college football. . . . Ohio State defensive coordinator

Jim Heacock

, whose unit held opponents without a first down on nearly half of their possessions, won the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. . . . La Salle's

Carlene Hightower

and Rutgers'

Essence Carson

are among 30 nominees in the women's basketball category for the Lowe's Senior Class award honoring academic and athletic excellence.

Soccer

A sexual harassment lawsuit against the University of North Carolina women's soccer coach is scheduled to go before a jury on April 7.

Former player

Melissa Jennings

accused her former coach,

Anson Dorrance

, of sexually harassing players on the team. She said the environment for players violated Title IX by denying her the benefits of collegiate sports.

Boxing

Wladamir Klitschko

(49-3, 44 knockouts), the IBF champion, and

Sultan Ibragimov

(22-0-1, 17 KOs), the WBO champ, will meet in a heavyweight unification bout Feb. 23 at Madison Square Garden.

Olympics

American bobsledder

Todd Hays

, 38, who retired after the 2006 Olympics, said he was returning to active status. He will attempt to compete in the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

Hays drove a four-man sled to a silver medal in 2002.

The London Olympics could go over its $19.1 billion budget.

John Armitt

, the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, told a British parliamentary committee that the $5.5 billion fund set aside for budget overruns may not be enough.

Armitt said the authority, which is responsible for building the venues and infrastructure for the 2012 Games, was sticking to tight budgets, but he could not promise there would not be overruns.