BAYLOR associate coach Brian Norwood has been contacted by Penn State about its coaching vacancy, ESPN reported yesterday, citing a source.

ESPN said Hawaii also is interested in Norwood. He played there in the 1980s and later coached seven seasons at Penn State, where his son, Jordan, was a wideout.

Norwood has been a college coach for 21 years. In addition to Penn State and Baylor, he has coached at Arizona, Richmond, Navy and Texas Tech.

According to USA Today, Penn State already has interviewed interim coach Tom Bradley and Tom Clements, the Green Bay Packers' quarterbacks coach who is from Western Pennsylvania and played at Notre Dame.

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Wyoming coach Dave Christensen has agreed in principle to a 5-year contract.

Christensen and athletic director Tom Burman confirmed the agreement Saturday after the Cowboys were beaten by Temple, 37-15, in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, N.M.

Burman said Christensen would get a substantial raise.

Christensen is 18-20 in three seasons at Wyoming. The Cowboys have played in the New Mexico Bowl in 2 of those 3 years.

* Highly touted defensive end Noah Spence has committed to Ohio State, ESPN reported. Spence starred at Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg, which was blasted by Archbishop Wood in the Class AAA state championship game Friday night, 52-0.