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Thursday, December 7, 2000

O A H U _ B O W L

Donnan agrees to
coach in Oahu Bowl

Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. -- Fired Georgia football coach Jim Donnan has agreed to stay with the Bulldogs for one last game.

Donnan said yesterday he will coach Georgia in the Oahu Bowl against Virginia. He was dismissed Monday by school president Michael Adams, who overruled athletic director Vince Dooley's recommendation that Donnan remain for 2001.

After learning of the firing, players lobbied that Donnan be allowed to coach the bowl game on Dec. 24 in Hawaii. Donnan has led the Bulldogs to four straight bowls, and he had the third-best coaching record in the Southeastern Conference during his tenure.

"I was sincerely moved by the outpouring of support from my team and their desire for us to finish the season together as a team," Donnan said. "I want to assure everyone that the total efforts of our coaches and players will be directed toward preparing for this game and sustaining all areas of the program, including recruiting, until a new coach is on board."

Donnan is 39-19 in five seasons at Georgia, including 3-0 in bowl games -- one of them a 1998 Peach Bowl win over the Cavaliers. But his teams went 6-14 against the school's biggest rivals: Georgia Tech, Florida, Auburn and Tennessee.

Patterson choice at TCU: Defensive coordinator Gary Patterson appears to be Texas Christian's choice to replace Dennis Franchione, who is leaving the Horned Frogs to be the coach at Alabama.

TCU athletic director Eric Hyman wasn't in his office today and didn't immediately return phone calls.

Athletic department officials denied reports there would be a news conference on campus later in the day to name Patterson as the 30th coach TCU's 105-year football history.

Franchione said yesterday he expects TCU to elevate Patterson to head coach soon and he could skip coaching the Frogs in the Mobile Alabama Bowl against Southern Mississippi on Dec. 20.

Crowton named BYU coach: Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Gary Crowton was hired as Brigham Young's new head football coach, ending months of speculation about if he would succeed the retired LaVell Edwards.

Crowton, 43, has been offensive coordinator of the Bears for two seasons.

Oklahoma State hires Miles: Oklahoma State's topsy-turvy search for a football coach ended with the return of Dallas Cowboys assistant Les Miles.

Miles, Dallas' tight end coach the past three seasons, was the offensive coordinator for Oklahoma State when the team went 8-4 and played in the Alamo Bowl in 1997, the school's last winning season.

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