Published: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 1:21 a.m.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OSU's Miles reported to be LSU's new coach
''It's no real mystery,'' board chairman Stewart Slack of Shreveport said. ''I fully expect Les Miles to be named the coach on Monday. They were going through some final details on Sunday night and he was staying in Baton Rouge.''
Miles, his wife Kathy and agent George Bass flew to Baton Rouge on Sunday so Miles could meet new LSU chancellor Sean O'Keefe for the first time and continue final talks with LSU athletic director Skip Bertman, who has led the search since Nick Saban announced on Christmas that he was leaving to become the Miami Dolphins head coach.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Louisville AD speaks out about Petrino decision
''I want him to coach here because he thinks this is the greatest football job in the country,'' Jurich said Sunday.
Petrino pulled out of consideration for the LSU football job a day earlier. Jurich was unhappy with the timing of events, with Louisville preparing for the Liberty Bowl. The No. 7 Cardinals defeated No. 10 Boise State 44-40 on Friday, giving the Cardinals (11-1) their best record.
Jurich spoke before Louisville's basketball game against Tennessee State. Petrino, who finished his second year at Louisville, did not attend the Freedom Hall news conference.
Petrino met with LSU officials just days after the coach signed a new deal with Louisville that gave him a raise from $550,000 to $1 million a season, plus incentives.
Jurich said he would meet with Petrino soon. The AD doesn't want Petrino to stay only because he didn't land what he perceives as a better job. Jurich, however, expects other high-profile schools to approach Petrino, something that has happened several times the past two years.
''He is going to get other people coming after him,'' Jurich said. ''That's the nature of our business.''
TENNIS: Hewitt returns home in run-up to Aussie Open
Hewitt won his first senior title at the Australian men's hardcourt championships at 18. He's back for the event that begins today after skipping it the last three years to represent Australia in the Hopman Cup.
It's one of nine tournaments in Australia over the next two weeks leading into the Australian Open beginning Jan. 17.
''I always wanted to come back and play here,'' the 23-year-old Hewitt said Sunday. ''It's obviously where it all started for me.''
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: No. 4 Texas' 41-game home streak snapped
In other actions, No. 1 LSU blew by Tulane 79-45, No. 8 Tennessee snapped Old Dominion's 21-game home winning streak with a 68-58 victory, No. 15 Vanderbilt got its 48th straight nonconference victory with a 78-50 win over Troy, and No. 16 Georgia beat UT-Martin 68-52 for its sixth straight victory.
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