Running backs coach hospitalized

Originally Published: January 22, 2005
Associated Press

Arkansas: Arkansas running backs coach Danny Nutt has been hospitalized for treatment of high blood pressure.

Nutt, the younger brother of Razorback head coach Houston Nutt, was admitted to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville on Tuesday night, Houston Nutt said Friday.

"We don't think it's anything serious, his blood pressure was just a little high and they need to get that regulated," Houston Nutt said. "But any time someone is in the hospital you're concerned, especially with all that he's been through."

Danny Nutt, 43, had surgery in December 1998 to cauterize a blood vessel in his brain stem, where he had experienced bleeding. Four years ago, Nutt was hospitalized for additional bleeding. He bounced back after each episode and has continued in his job.

Syracuse: Syracuse coach Greg Robinson continued to fill out his staff, naming Scott Spencer to coach the secondary and Bob Wylie to oversee the offensive line.

Wylie, who has spent 14 years in the NFL and coached with Robinson on the New York Jets in 1990-91, has coached at five levels of football -- from Pop Warner to high school to college and the pros.

"I am happy to be back in the college setting," said Wylie, who began his coaching career in 1980 at Brown of the Ivy League and also has had stints at Holy Cross, Cincinnati, Ohio University and Colorado State.

Wylie also was offensive line coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four years and has coached for the Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears.

Spencer, a former defensive back for the Texas Longhorns, joins Syracuse after working with Robinson as a graduate assistant at Texas last year.

Robinson, who joined the football team in signing autographs before the Syracuse-West Virginia basketball game on Saturday, has one more vacancy on his staff, another coach for the defensive secondary, and is expected to fill it quickly.

BYU's Heaney shines in Las Vegas All-Star game
Brendon Heaney of BYU returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown to lead the West over the East 21-16 in the Las Vegas All-American Classic College All-Star Game on Saturday.

Heaney, the game's most valuable player, finished with two interceptions. His runback put the West ahead 21-9 with 8:09 remaining.

Darnell Stephens of Air Force had two touchdown runs for the West. His second score, a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter, gave his team the lead for good, 14-9.

The East took a 9-7 lead when Georgia Southern's Chaz Williams had a 17-yard touchdown run down the left side in the third quarter.

West kicker Paul Ernster of Northern Arizona missed five field goals (29, 34, 35, 37 and 43). Arkansas' Decori Birmingham of the East had a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:03 left in the game.

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