Fire forces Dorrell, family from home

Originally Published: October 29, 2003
Associated Press

UCLA: Football coach Karl Dorrell and his family were forced to evacuate their Stevenson Ranch home Tuesday because of the Simi Valley fire, but a school spokesman said it appears the move is only temporary.

"At this point in time, the fire seems to have passed his neighborhood," sports information director Marc Dellins said Wednesday.

Dorrell and his family spent Tuesday night at a Westwood hotel and were expected to do the same Wednesday night, Dellins said. Dorrell and the team leave Friday for a game at Stanford on Saturday.

"I feel more for the families who have lost their homes and who have lost loved ones," Dorrell said after practice Tuesday. "That's more of a tragedy than (our situation). My family is safe."

Texas: Two Texas players face misdemeanor charges after another student accused them of confronting him on campus last month.

Starting cornerback Cedric Griffin, 20, was charged with interference with an emergency phone call. Third-string quarterback Matt Nordgren, 21, was charged with criminal mischief. Both charges are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

According to university police, Griffin and Nordgren had a verbal altercation with another student outside a campus dorm early Sept. 21. Nordgren is accused of kicking a student's car and causing damage. Griffin is accused of knocking a phone out of the student's hand when he tried to call police.

The players declined comment through a team spokesman.

Coach Mack Brown said Wednesday he spoke to the players and their families and decided that neither player will be suspended for Saturday's game with Nebraska.

Arkansas: Arkansas tailback Cedric Cobbs, who has been suffering from a hamstring injury, returned to practice Wednesady.

He joined De'Arrius Howard, who returned to the practice field Tuesday.

"Cedric is not at full speed, but it was good to see him out at practice and see him go through some run polish and handling the ball," said coach Houston Nutt, who noted that hamstring injuries are difficult to treat. "It's much better than we'd thought it would be today, so that's positive."

Ohio State: Coach Jim Tressel suspended tight end Louis Irizarry on Wednesday, two days after the freshman was arrested on assault charges in a dorm room altercation.

"Louis will not be allowed to travel or compete in any games until this matter has gone through the legal process and been resolved at the university level," Tressel said in a statement.

An Ohio State campus police report said Irizarry was charged with three counts of first-degree misdemeanor assault. Three people sustained minor injuries about midnight Monday in the Park Hall dorm room.

Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger said Irizarry will be required to undergo counseling before being allowed to play.

Irizarry, a 6-foot-5, 235-pounder has seen little action this season for the Buckeyes, who play Saturday at Penn State.

He is scheduled to be arraigned next Thursday in Franklin County Municipal Court.

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