Student struck by Vols DT files suit

Published: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A student hit in the face by Tennessee defensive tackle Tony McDaniel during a pickup basketball game filed an $800,000 lawsuit against the football player.
McDaniel was charged with aggravated assault, a felony, after the incident last January. A campus videotape showed McDaniel punching Edward Goodrich in the face and then walking away as Goodrich lay on the floor for several minutes.
McDaniel pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, misdemeanor assault, and was placed under supervised probation.
Goodrich filed the lawsuit in Knox County Circuit Court on Thursday, exactly one year after the incident. The university was not sued.
Goodrich's attorneys described McDaniel's behavior as "outrageous in character and so extreme in degree that it is beyond the pale of decency and regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized society," according to the lawsuit obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
Goodrich had four bones in his face broken and doctors had to insert a metal plate to treat his injuries.
Meanwhile, former Mississippi and Kentucky assistant Kurt Roper was hired as running backs coach.
Trooper Taylor, who had been coaching the running backs, has been reassigned to receivers to replace fired assistant Pat Washington, coach Phillip Fulmer announced.
Also, former quarterback Rick Clausen has decided to remain with the Volunteers as a graduate assistant.
  • MIAMI: Former Army coach Todd Berry was hired by Miami as quarterbacks coach, the first hiring by the Hurricanes since four longtime assistants were fired earlier this month.
    Berry spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Louisiana-Monroe. He was fired by Army in October 2003 after going 5-35 in parts of four seasons.
  • ALABAMA: Defensive tackle Curtis Dawson will likely be allowed to return to Alabama's team and participate in spring practice, his father said.
    Coach Mike Shula dismissed Dawson from the team in June for unspecified violations of team rules. Dawson is enrolled at Alabama for the spring semester, which began Wednesday.
  • AUBURN-LSU DATE CHANGE?: Auburn and LSU have asked the Southeastern Conference to allow them to move their game from Oct. 21 to Sept. 16, breaking up a tough league stretch for both teams.
    The move would also help LSU with its nonconference schedule and clear up the problem created when Tulane mistakenly scheduled both Auburn and LSU on the same day.
  • PURDUE: Quarterback Brandon Kirsch will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
    "I had a good time at Purdue, but I feel that it's time for me to move on," Kirsch said in a news release issued by the school.
  • UCONN: Tailback Cornell Brockington will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft after being used as a part-time player by the Huskies in 2005.
    "Cornell liked what he heard back from the league and has decided to pursue this avenue," UConn head coach Randy Edsall said.
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