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There's no shortage of drama in Charlottesville, Va., and spring practices haven't even begun. When the Cavaliers finally do start practice on March 21, a significant number of lockers will be empty.
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Jameel Sewell won't be throwing passes for the Cavs this spring.
If Xavier Shannon and Miami head coach Randy Shannon didn't bear as much of a family resemblance, odds are nobody would know they're father and son. They rarely talk to each other and work on opposite sides of the ball.
Focusing on his son Xavier isn't part of Randy Shannon's spring plan.
Among UNC football coach Butch Davis, basketball coach Roy Williams (whose team is ranked No. 1 in the nation) and baseball coach Mike Fox (whose team is ranked No. 2 in the nation), Davis carries the most clout in Chapel Hill.
Spring football practice began Saturday at Clemson, but coach Tommy Bowden still hasn't signed the contract extension that was presented to him in early December.
"I have a contract lawyer," Bowden said. "There are no issues. It's about dotting the i's and crossing the t's."
First-year Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson apparently doesn't have much use for tight ends. One is moving to offensive tackle, one to the defensive line and one to wide receiver -- at least for now. And redshirt freshman Willie White, a wide receiver last fall, will begin the spring at defensive back.
• NC State coach Tom O'Brien is scanning the roster -- and the infield -- for possible quarterback candidates. Russell Wilson, a 5-foot-11 second baseman who redshirted last season, will get a good look this spring as a possible alternative to Daniel Evans. (As a group last year, the quarterbacks threw 23 interceptions and 14 touchdowns). And in an effort to improve upon last season's 89.2 rushing yards per game, O'Brien moved John Bedics and Ted Larsen, part-time starters at defensive tackle, to offensive guard.
• If you can't beat 'em, hire 'em. Maryland last week hired former Oregon State assistant Lee Hull, who coincidentally helped the Beavers beat the Terps this past season in the Emerald Bowl. Hull replaced Kasey Dunn, who left last week after just two months in College Park to join the Seattle Seahawks.
• To compensate for the departure of quarterbacks coach Jeff Mullen, who became the offensive coordinator at West Virginia, and defensive coordinator Dean Hood, who became the head coach at Eastern Kentucky University, Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe reshuffled the responsibilities on his staff.
Brad Lambert, Wake Forest's linebackers coach, will take over as defensive coordinator. Tim Billings, Wake's wide receiver coach the last two years, will coach the secondary. Former Demon Deacon quarterback Tom Elrod will move from tight ends and fullbacks to the quarterbacks. Recent hire Steve Russ will take over with the tight ends/fullbacks and first-year assistant Brian Knorr will work with the wide receivers.