South Carolina's athletic department has reported 11 secondary NCAA violations in the last six months, including two in the program of the new women's basketball coach,

Dawn Staley


The school said yesterday that a women's basketball coach improperly text-messaged a prospect and that a coach incorrectly publicized an informal scrimmage. The coach's name wasn't included in the report. All the violations are considered low-level infractions.

Staley, who coached at Temple for eight seasons, was hired in May.

No. 11 Texas Christian defeated previously unbeaten and ninth-ranked Boise State, 17-16, in the Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The Horned Frogs (11-2) rolled up 472 yards, the most allowed all season by Boise State (12-1).

The Broncos'

Ian Johnson

broke former San Diego State star

Marshall Faulk's

Western Athletic Conference record for rushing touchdowns when he ran 20 yards for a score in the first quarter - his 58th career TD.

Alabama's turnaround to a No. 1 ranking most of the season earned

Nick Saban

the Associated Press' coach of the year award in college football.

In the voting, by college football writers, Saban drew 32 of 62 possible votes. He outdistanced Texas Tech's

Mike Leach

(nine), Utah's

Kyle Whittingham

(six), Georgia Tech's

Paul Johnson

(five), Penn State's

Joe Paterno

(three), and Ball State's

Brady Hoke

(two). Five coaches got one vote apiece.

Saban, whose team will face Utah in the Sugar Bowl, shared the award with Louisiana State in 2003.

Notre Dame offensive coordinator

Mike Haywood

, 44, was hired as the head football coach at Miami of Ohio, which was 2-10 this season.

He replaces

Shane Montgomery

, who resigned last month. The RedHawks were 17-31 in his four seasons.

Haywood becomes the sixth black coach among the 119 Bowl Subdivision schools.

Fresh off its first bowl win in 10 years, Arizona plans to extend coach

Mike Stoops

' contract by three years, through 2013. Details of the deal had yet to be worked out.

The Wildcats were 8-5. They defeated 17th-ranked Brigham Young, 31-21, in the Las Vegas Bowl.


Defensive tackle

Arthur Jones

, a member of the all-Big East first team, will return to Syracuse for his senior season. . . . The NCAA granted a sixth year of eligibility to Texas wide receiver

Jordan Shipley

, an AP third-team all-American who missed the 2004 and 2005 seasons with knee and hamstring injuries.


Detroit Red Wings goalie

Chris Osgood

(groin) was able to practice hard during the morning skate yesterday and won't have to go on the long-term injured-reserve list.

Columbus activated defenseman

Rostislav Klesla

(high ankle sprain) from the injured-reserve list.


Former Tennessee basketball star

Candace Parker

capped a banner year by winning the AP's female athlete of the year award.

Parker led the Vols to a second straight national championship, was the first pick in the WNBA draft, and won the league's MVP and rookie of the year honors. She also helped the United States win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal.

Parker received 36 votes from members of the AP, edging golfer

Lorena Ochoa

, who had won the award the last two years. Rounding out the top five were gymnast

Nastia Liukin

, swimmer

Dara Torres

, and gymnast

Shawn Johnson