Colorado: Richard Byyny, chancellor of the University of
Colorado's flagship Boulder campus, announced his resignation
Tuesday after eight years that included a football recruiting
scandal and steep cuts in state funding.
Byyny, 65, will become executive director of a new health policy
center at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora on March 1.
He and his boss, university president Elizabeth Hoffman, both
insisted he was not leaving because of the football scandal.
"I'm very excited about the new opportunity," said Byyny, a
physician and former head of internal medicine for CU's medical
A lesser reason for leaving, he said, was the state's inability
to stabilize funding for higher education. CU has lost $30 million
in state funding over three years, he said.
Byyny is the second high-ranking university official to step
down since the recruiting scandal shook the 29,000-student campus
in January. Athletics Director Dick Tharp resigned last month,
saying he had done nothing wrong.
Both men were sharply criticized by an independent commission
for alleged lax oversight as some football players arranged for
sex, drugs and alcohol for recruits.
Brigham Young: Assistants Todd Bradford and
Mike Emepy will not be part of new coach Bronco Mendenhall's staff,
the school announced.
Emepy, the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator under
former coach Gary Crowton, and receivers coach Bradford were
Mendenhall, who is keeping his role as defensive coordinator,
immediately hired former Cougars offensive lineman Robert Anae as
the new offensive coordinator.
"Todd and Mike are close friends of mine, and are both
excellent coaches," Mendenhall said in a release. "Simply, the
administration determined there was a need for the new staff to
have the flexibility to find coaches who would best match our new
Utah State: New coach Brent Guy named Jeff
Copp to his coaching staff.
Copp played under Guy when he was the defensive coordinator at
Boise State. Copp was a defensive end for the Broncos. He also was
a graduate assistant at Arizona State while Guy was the Sun Devils'
Copp coached defensive ends at Idaho State this season. His role
on the Aggies staff was not announced.
He joins Tom McMahon and John Rushing, who Guy retained from the
previous Utah State coaching staff.
Marshall: Linebacker Dionte Wilson has been suspended for the Fort Worth Bowl for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Wilson, a senior, ranked fourth on the team in tackles this season. Coach Bob Pruett said sophomore Matt Couch will replace Wilson when Marshall (6-5) plays Cincinnati (6-5) on Dec. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Couch has missed practice time lately with a sore shoulder.