Another hit to lineup: Fraser out 4-6 weeks


Villanova: The Wildcats' misfortune continued when the school announced that oft-injured junior forward Jason Fraser fractured a bone in his right hand and will be out four to six weeks.

This comes on the heels of leading scorer Curtis Sumpter being out the past two games and possibly a few more with a sprained knee.

Villanova spokesperson Mike Sheridan said Thursday that Fraser would have surgery Friday on his hand. The injury happened when Fraser collided with a Providence player at midcourt. He will have a screw inserted into his bone.

This is Fraser's fourth surgery in three years. The other three were on his knees, the last one in October. Fraser is fourth on the team in scoring (7.9 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.9) and tops in the Big East in blocked shots (3.3). He has missed 15 games in his career, 12 because of injury and the other three for a suspension related to a phone card scam.

Sheridan said Sumpter would be evaluated Saturday after missing a loss at Notre Dame and the overtime win at Providence. Sumpter, who leads the team at 17.4 points and 8.8 rebounds a game, injured his knee in a practice in South Bend on Jan. 7, the day before the game.

The Wildcats (9-2 overall, 2-1 in the Big East) play Georgetown at home Saturday and host No. 2 Kansas next Saturday with a game at undefeated No. 17 Boston College next Wednesday in between the two home games.

Ohio State: Ohio State president Karen Holbrook has
appointed a 15-member search committee to find a replacement for
retiring athletic director Andy Geiger.

The university announced the committee Thursday.

The committee includes two athletes -- football player Brandon
Mitchell and volleyball player Jackie Schardt. Two-time Heisman
Trophy winner Archie Griffin, a longtime associate AD, is also on
the committee.

Geiger says he will step down on June 30th.

The committee's chairman is Joe Alutto, dean of Ohio State's
college of business. The coaches on the committee are men's
lacrosse coach Joe Breschi and women's soccer coach Lori Walker.

Tami Longaberger, chair of the board of trustees, is also on the

Holbrook also says a search firm has been hired to assist the

IPFW: Doug Noll was fired as men's basketball
coach at Indiana-Purdue of Fort Wayne on Thursday.

Noll had a 40-119 record in five-plus years, including 3-13 this
season with a current eight-game losing streak. Joe Pechota, the
Mastodons' associate coach, was appointed interim coach for the
rest of the season.

Noll's final game was a 100-59 loss to Wyoming on Monday.

IPFW, in its third year as a Division I independent, has never won more than 11 games in one season under Noll, whose best season was 11-16 in 1999-2000, his first year as coach.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.