Nix spent entire career at USM

Updated: December 22, 2004, 6:12 PM ET
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South Carolina-Southern Miss : After spending his entire career at Southern Miss, defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix has joined Steve Spurrier's staff at South Carolina as co-dfensive coordinator.

Nix said he will make more in Columbia than the $110,000 he was making at USM, but that money wasn't the reason for leaving his alma mater.

"At this point in my career, I've done about all that I can do at Southern Miss," Nix told The Clarion-Ledger. "I'm going to have an opportunity to coach with another successful head coach.

"I think I can learn a lot of football from him, and hopefully, help me move toward being a head coach one day myself."

Southern: Southern University and football coach Pete Richardson have agreed to a three-year contract extension, university officials said Wednesday.

The deal would pay Richardson $200,000 per year in base salary with performance incentives of up to $40,000 per year, university spokeswoman Keisha Lacour said.

Richardson has never had a losing season in 17 as a college coach. At Southern, he has coached 12 seasons, compiling an overall record of 105-38, including five Southwestern Athletic Conference titles.

Southern advanced to the SWAC Championship this season, losing 40-35 to Alabama State. After the game, Richardson said several other schools had shown interest in him.

His new extension with Southern cannot take effect until it is approved by the Southern University board of supervisors, which is expected to take up the matter at its Jan. 8 meeting.

Colorado: Colorado is on the verge of failing to sign a recruit from Texas for only the fourth time in the past 31 years.

The Buffs had oral commitments from 15 high school and junior college players as of Tuesday, none of them from football-rich Texas. Colorado has 20 scholarships, one of which will likely be given to tight end Tyson DeVree, a Western Michigan transfer.

That leaves Colorado six weeks to go with four remaining scholarships. Next week, Colorado will be in Houston to play UTEP in the Houston Bowl. The Buffs have 18 players from Texas on the roster.

Sports information director Dave Plati said Colorado has failed to sign a recruit from Texas only three times in the past 31 years -- 1977, 1982 and 1983. Two years ago, after winning the 2001 Big 12 championship, coach Gary Barnett enjoyed a record haul of 10 Texas players, the most since the school began tracking the details in 1973.

Colorado has focused much of its recruiting attention on Southern California in the past. This year, the Buffs have just one commitment from a Southern California player in the current crop of recruits.

"We'll have to see what happens on signing day, but up to this point they're more focused on in-state players this year," said Andrew Friedman, a regional recruiting analyst for Scout.com. "It's strange. They've landed most of these kids in this class from Colorado, yet Colorado was the place hit hardest by the (offseason) scandal. Out-of-state kids didn't know as much about it as Colorado kids."

Jeremy Crabtree, national recruiting editor for Rivals.com, said he believes Barnett has done well, especially in light of recruiting changes instituted at the school last spring as the scandal unfolded. Colorado coaches, not players, must host recruits, and recruiting visits to Boulder cannot exceed 36 hours. The has school has taken a harder stand against allowing recruits into school with questionable academic records.

"They have kind of tied their hands behind their backs," Crabtree said. "They can't go after some of the questionable guys who they've been able to go after in the past as far as academic struggles, and that's a problem."

Barnett said he and his staff adopted an attitude of not using the problem as a crutch.

"We're being creative," Barnett said. "We're doing everything that we can to not make that an issue, to make it a positive."