Ex-Huskies coach interested in OC position

Updated: January 7, 2005, 9:10 AM ET
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Washington: Soon after bidding farewell to top scout Phil Savage, the Baltimore Ravens launched their search for a new offensive coordinator Thursday by interviewing former Huskies head coach Rick Neuheisel.

Neuheisel was 66-30 over eight seasons at Colorado and Washington before being fired by the Huskies in June 2003 for participating in a big-money college basketball pool. The NCAA investigated both Neuheisel and the Washington football program and ultimately cleared the coach of any wrongdoing.

But Neuheisel has had trouble getting interviews for work and said he appreciated the Ravens' interest.

"I'm thankful for coach Billick providing me the opportunity to have a conversation, especially after what's happened to me over the past couple of years. Opportunities have been few and far between," he said. "I long to get back into the game, so it's a thrill to be here."

The Ravens also intend to speak to former University of Illinois coach Ron Turner.

Illinois and Oklahoma State: Two of new Illinois coach Ron Zook's assistants have left the school after less than a week.

Offensive coaches Larry Fedora and Joe Wickline will take jobs at Oklahoma State under new coach Mike Gundy. Fedora, who was Zook's offensive coordinator at Florida and had accepted the same job at Illinois, worked with Gundy at Baylor in 1996 and the two have maintained a close friendship, Zook said.

Wickline, who was to be offensive line coach at Illinois, and Fedora have worked together for eight years.

"Of course I am disappointed with the choice of Larry Fedora and Joe Wickline to leave Illinois," Zook said in a statement. "Larry has a relationship with Mike Gundy that dates back to their time at Baylor, and he felt he owed it to himself to check out what Oklahoma State had to offer."

Gundy was promoted from offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State on Monday to take over from Les Miles, who was hired by LSU.

Fedora's offer is for $275,000, more than $100,000 higher than his Illinois salary, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times, adding that Wickline's offer would roughly double his Illinois deal to about $200,000.

Texas: Junior safety Michael Huff has decided to return for his senior season.

"He went to the University of Texas with several goals in mind, and the top two are earning a bachelor's degree and winning a national championship," the Houston Chronicle quoted Huff's father, Michael Huff, Sr., as saying. "He's worked hard and should earn his degree next December, and with the wonderful performance the team had in the Rose Bowl, the national championship is still out there. He's a blessed young man to be able to continue at a place where he is enjoying himself. The NFL can wait."

Huff is one interception return for a touchdown from tying the NCAA all-time record. Some mock drafts had Huff, who is likely to move to cornerback as a pro, projected as high as the second round and possibly as a late first-rounder after working out for scouts.

"He's an intriguing player, in that he's more of a corner than a safety, but he has such a nose for the ball that he could stay there and do well," an NFL scout said. "Another year in school won't hurt. In fact, he could move into the top half of the first round with a good year."

Junior defensive tackle Rodrique Wright, projected by many as a first-round pick, must still decide whether to return.

Air Force Academy: Running back Eddie Moss has resigned from the Air Force Academy after a cadet honor board found him guilty of cheating, coach Fisher DeBerry said.

Moss, of Englewood, was among six cadets found guilty of cheating in a behavioral sciences class in September, academy officials said. Four were later cleared by commandant Brig. Gen. Johnny Weida, including basketball player Dan Nwaelele.

DeBerry, reached on a recruiting trip in Houston on Wednesday, said he was disappointed Moss was no longer on the team.

Moss rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries in five games and scored touchdowns against Eastern Washington and Utah. He was suspended Oct. 9 but continued to practice with the football team while his case was investigated.

Colorado State: Colorado State receivers coach and recruiter Matt Lubick, son of head coach Sonny Lubick, has resigned to take a similar job at Mississippi.

Matt Lubick will report to Mississippi's new coach, Ed Orgeron, who was hired last month after David Cutcliffe was fired.

Lubick joined his dad at Colorado State in 2001 after a stint at as an assistant at Oregon State.

"Sometimes those father-son things don't work out, and that makes it tough on everybody,'' Sonny Lubick said Wednesday. ``But Matt was a good worker who was dedicated to Colorado State, and he was the one on the staff who came in and told me my faults better than anyone else. I'll miss that.''

Matt Lubick called his dad his best friend and hero but said the Mississippi job will help him in his quest to become a head coach.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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