Sports News-April 13, 2012

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Sean Payton handed over control of his team to Joe Vitt, his assistant coach.  Vitt will serve as interim coach, despite the fact that he'll miss a third of the season for his role in New Orleans' bounty system.  Payton begins serving a one-year suspension next Monday for his role in the bounty scheme.

Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was apologetic in text messages sent to a series of athletic department employees, including athletic director Jeff Long, who fired Petrino on Tuesday.  This came following the revelation of Petrino's affair with a 25-year-old woman he hired last month without disclosing his conflict of interest or the fact he had once paid her $20,000.

Tippy Dye, who gained almost as much fame for taking Washington to basketball's Final Four as he did for being the athletic director when Nebraska hired Bob Devaney, died on Wednesday in Grass Valley, Calif. according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  He was 97.  Dye left his job as AD at Wichita State to take the same job at Nebraska on Dec. 2, 1961, two days after the Board of Regents fired Husker football coach Bill Jennings.  Dye's first task was finding Jennings' replacement which turned out to be his biggest and most successful decision at NU hiring Devaney.  Devaney accepted the job and was named Nebraska's coach on Jan. 6, 1962.  That fall, the Huskers went 9-2 and beat Miami in the Gotham Bowl.  It was Nebraska's first bowl victory and the team's best season in more than two decades.  Dye remained at Nebraska through 1967, when he left to take the athletic director's job at Northwestern.  Dye will buried in Pomeroy, Ohio, next to his wife of 64 years, Mary, who died in 2001.  

New Nebraska coach Tim Miles is selling hope that the Cornhuskers can win in the Big Ten. He's doing it with lots of energy.  He said in an interview yesterday with The Associated Press that the Nebraska basketball "train is moving forward “and that "you're either on board or you're in the way.”  Since getting hired away from Colorado State, he's begun assembling a staff, met with players to see who is staying laid the groundwork for recruiting.  Miles also has strived to generate excitement among a fan base that's grown largely indifferent from decades of losing.  He's appeared at booster functions, thrown out the first pitch at a Nebraska baseball game and even hosted a pizza party for students on Wednesday night.

The Norfolk Catholic track & field team participated in yesterday’s O’Neill Invitational.  The boys placed fifth with 67 points.  Champion Battle Creek totaled 137, Ord was second with 113.5, and West Holt took third with 82.  The Knights’ Brandon Becker was first in the High Jump.  The Norfolk Catholic girls finished second in their competition with 125 points while champion Ord totaled 155.  Amy Miller placed first in the 400 & 800, Lisa Steffensmeier was the champion in the Pole Vault, and the 4X100 team of Morgan Molacek, Abby Clayton, Bailey Barnes, & Rachel Wieser were first.

The Norfolk High boys golf team competed in yesterday’s Hastings Invite at Lochland Country Club.  The Panthers placed sixth with a 338 while champion Omaha Creighton Prep totaled a 307.  The Junior Jays’ Kevin Dineen was the medalist with a 73.  Norfolk’s Tyler Lewis tied for 14th place with an 82.

Local Schedule:  Nfk High at Fremont Inv. (T&F-12:30); Wayne at Nfk High (Bsbl-7:00); Nebraska at Ohio St. At Columbus, OH (Bsbl-5:35); South Dakota St. At Creighton (Bsbl-6:00); WSC at Sioux City Relays (T&F-1:30); Omaha Storm Chasers at Albuquerque (Bsbl-8:05).

Local Scores:  Lincoln High 5 Nfk High 2 (OT) (B. Socc.); Nfk High 7 Lincoln High 0 (G. Socc.); Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Round Rock, TX 4 (Bsbl); Columbus at Nfk High (Bsbl DH-Ppd. Rain); Nfk High at Kearney Doubles Tourn. (G. Tenn-Ccd. Inclement Weather).

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