Texas quarterback

Colt McCoy

said he plans to return to the Longhorns for his senior season in 2009.

McCoy will lead No. 3 Texas (11-1) into the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State after passing for 3,445 yards and 32 touchdowns, both team records.

"I'm not going anywhere," the 22-year-old said in an interview published yesterday on the Austin American-Statesman's Web site.

Tommy Tuberville's

mother told an Alabama newspaper her son was fired as Auburn's football coach, a claim that contradicts public statements by the university that Tuberville left on his own.

The Opelika-Auburn News quoted

Olive Tuberville

as saying her son told her he was dismissed by Auburn.

Last week, athletic director

Jay Jacobs

said Tuberville's departure was completely the coach's decision, and that he and university president

Jay Gogue

asked Tuberville to remain.

Auburn spokeswoman

Deedie Dowdle

said the university stands by Jacobs' statement that Tuberville resigned.

Illinois offensive coordinator

Mike Locksley

was hired as New Mexico's football coach.

Locksley became the fourth African American coach among the 119 coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Turner Gill

is in his third season at Buffalo,

Randy Shannon

is in his second season at Miami, and

Kevin Sumlin

is in his first season at Houston.

Eastern Michigan men's basketball coach

Charles Ramsey

was suspended for three days for what the school called a "postgame altercation" with a fan last month.

School spokesman

Jim Streeter

said the dispute involved Ramsey and a fan after a game at the University of Detroit on Nov. 22, but declined to say if physical contact was involved. He did not give further details.

Elsewhere: Mike Groh

, the son of head coach

Al Groh

, was among three Virginia assistant coaches who resigned after an annual review, his father said. . . . Former Tennessee coach

Phillip Fulmer

will be a special assistant to university president

John Petersen

for three months, earning $12,500 a month.

Golf

Harrison Frazar

closed with a 5-under 67 at the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in La Quinta, Calif., to lead 28 players who earned their tour cards for next season.

Notah Begay

, a four-time PGA Tour winner, also qualified.

Elsewhere: Paul Azinger

will not return as U.S. captain in the Ryder Cup. The PGA of America will announce the new captain Thursday.

Noteworthy

Sancho Lytle

was the first player chosen in the WNBA's dispersal draft of Houston Comets players going to the last-place Atlanta Dream.

The Washington Mystics chose

Matee Ajavon

with the second pick and the Chicago Sky took

Mistie Williams

with the third selection.

Tim Tetrick

, harness racing's leading money-winning driver this year, had replacement surgery on his right hip at Philadelphia's Rothman Institute at Jefferson University Hospital.

Elsewhere:

D.C. United forward

Jaime Moreno

underwent surgery for a sports hernia but is expected to recover by next season. . . .

Anthony Maher

, who scored eight points for the Kixx in an 18-7 win over the Massachusetts Twisters, was named the NISL player of the week.