Tuesday, November 4, 2003

EMU fires Woodruff as coach

The Associated Press

Jeff Woodruff was fired as Eastern Michigan's coach Monday, two days after the Eagles fell to 1-8 with a 38-10 loss to Central Michigan.

Woodruff, who had a 9-34 record in four seasons, was replaced on an interim basis by running backs coach Al Lavan. The Eagles were 3-8 in 2000, 2-9 in 2001 and 3-9 in 2002. Woodruff became the latest Division I-A coach fired this season. Others dismissed: Carl Franks at Duke, Todd Berry at Army and John Mackovic at Arizona.

OHIO STATE: Senior punter B.J. Sander, a Roger Bacon graduate, has been named Big Ten special teams player of the week. Sander averaged 46.3 yards on six punts at Penn State, placing three punts inside the 20-yard line and booting a long of 62 yards.

MICHIGAN STATE: Defensive tackle Greg Yeaster will miss the rest of the season after injuring his knee in last weekend's loss to Michigan. Yeaster had surgery Sunday. Coach John L. Smith said the injury was caused by the grass field at Spartan Stadium.

No. 14 Michigan State (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) plays at No. 7 Ohio State (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) Saturday.

MICHIGAN: Coach Lloyd Carr hopes the extra down time of the bye week will help senior tailback Chris Perry regroup physically for the final two games. Perry carried a school-record 51 times for 219 yards and a touchdown against Michigan State. The Wolverines control their own fate in the Big Ten. If they win their remaining two games, they will win at least a piece of the conference crown and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

SUSPENSIONS: Cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall of Virginia Tech and Antrel Rolle of Miami were suspended for a sideline fight in the Hokies' victory against the Hurricanes last weekend. Hall will miss the first half of the fifth-ranked Hokies' game at No. 25 Pittsburgh on Saturday night, and Rolle will miss No. 6 Miami's game against No. 18 Tennessee.

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