College Football Notebook

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 23, 2011

Associated Press
The college football notebook …
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ó Camo-clad Jim Tressel declared Ohio State’s spring game a success while 44,276 scratched their heads trying to figure out the scoring system.
“We had certain things we wanted to get done this spring and we got a lot of those done,” Tressel said.
Each of the four quarterback candidates ó Joe Bauserman, Taylor Graham, Kenny Guiton and Braxton Miller ó threw a touchdown pass as the Buckeyes offense beat the defense 59-27 in a scrimmage that concluded spring practice.
Ohio State is looking for someone to take over for three-year starter Terrelle Pryor, who must sit out the first five games along with four other top players the NCAA determined took improper benefits. Tressel, too, is suspended for the first five games while the NCAA investigates his admission that he knew about but didn’t report players trading autographed uniforms and championship rings for cash and free tattoos from a Columbus tattoo parlor owner.
Tressel wore a military issue camo hat, tan desert boots and camo pants as a part of military appreciation day.
VA. TECH SPRING GAME
BLACKSBURG, Va. ó Logan Thomas had one major goal coming into spring practice as Virginia Tech’s new starting quarterback: Win the confidence of his teammates.
Sounds like if he isn’t there already, he’s well on his way.
Thomas threw for 131 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 37 more to lead all runners and wrapped up an efficient spring with a solid showing Saturday in the Hokies’ annual Maroon and White game.
CHARLOTTE
CHARLOTTE ó Charlotte has hired former Michigan assistant Bruce Tall as the programís first defensive coordinator.
Tall became the third member of coach Brad Lambertís staff, joining offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen and defensive coach James Adams. The 49ers will recruit a redshirt class that will enter school in the fall of 2012 before beginning play a year later.
Tall spent the past three seasons as Michiganís defensive line coach and served as safeties coach at West Virginia for five years before that. Tall has also worked Cornell, Northeastern and his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan.
BELK BOWL
CHARLOTTE ó Charotteís bowl game will be played at night for the first time.
Belk Bowl officials announced Thursday this yearís game will kick off at 8 p.m. EST on Dec. 27 at Bank of America Stadium. It will be televised by ESPN.
The game pairing teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East has previously been called the Meineke Bowl and Continental Tire Bowl.
CLEMSON QB
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) ó Tajh Boyd has come out of spring practice as Clemson’s starting quarterback.
Boyd is a sophomore who takes over for Kyle Parker, who is playing baseball in the Colorado Rockies organization. Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown in Clemson’s spring game April 9.
SHAW SUSPENSIONS
RALEIGH ó The two Shaw University assistant football coaches suspended without pay had been arrested earlier this month for drug-related offenses.
Quarterbacks coach Jermonty Kimbrough was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling or motor vehicle to keep a controlled substance.
Also,receivers coach Torey Ross was arrested on a charge of being a fugitive from justice.

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