Teaff to receive Amos Alonzo Stagg Award

Updated: September 21, 2005, 9:04 PM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- Former Baylor coach Grant Teaff will receive the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from the American Football Coaches Association, the organization he's run since 1994.

Teaff will be honored during a Jan. 10 luncheon during the AFCA Convention in Dallas.

"I'm overwhelmed by the award, and the reason is that I understand the impact it has had on the recipients," Teaff said. "When he received the Stagg Award, Joe Paterno told me it was the greatest award he had received as a coach.

"This is the highest of compliments because the Stagg Award is named after one of the greatest coaches and contributors in the history of our game."

Teaff went 170-151-8 in 30 years as a head coach. He started at McMurry from 1960-65, was at Angelo State from '69-71 and finished his coaching career at Baylor from 1972-92, winning the Southwest Conference twice. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Teaff joined the AFCA in 1959 and spent 11 years on the organization's ethics committee. He was on the board of trustees from 1987-92, then took over the group after a two-year stint as Baylor's athletic director. The organization even moved its headquarters to Waco.

Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech's offensive line will be shuffled for Saturday's game against No. 15 Georgia Tech because of starting guard Reggie Butler's right knee injury.

Will Montgomery will move from center to Butler's spot, and Danny McGrath will start at center. It's the same arrangement the No. 4 Hokies used after Butler went down against Ohio.

"McGrath has done very well," coach Frank Beamer said. "You'd prefer to have five guys there and they play where they play, but we're not in that position."

Butler's status for next week is not clear. Montgomery is a walk-on in his fifth year in Blacksburg.

Georgia Tech: While much of the attention is focused on ailing quarterback Reggie Ball, the 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets could be missing another key player for Saturday's game at No. 4 Virginia Tech.

Senior defensive end Eric Henderson, a two-time member of the All-ACC team, didn't play in last week's 28-13 victory over Connecticut because of an ailing right ankle. He returned to practice Wednesday but was limited in what he could do.

Coach Chan Gailey listed Henderson as questionable.

The Yellow Jackets (3-0, 1-0) will need to be at their best against Virginia Tech -- and a healthy Henderson could play a big part in the game.

"If you take an all-conference performer and put him on the field, it's going to help your defense a lot," Gailey said. "We'll see if we can get him up to speed."

Henderson sounded confident about playing.

"I'll be all right," he said. "I'm just looking forward to this game. I definitely hope to be out there."

Miami: Miami's triple-overtime victory over Clemson left the Hurricanes physically drained and coach Larry Coker worrying about how they'll recover from the 4-hour, 10-minute game played on a 92-degree day.

"That's a pretty long day for those players," he said. "And then we fly home, get home at 2 a.m., then practice [Sunday] and we've got to play Saturday, so we've got a recovery time we've got to be concerned about as coaches.''

Coker noted that with the advent of instant replay in the college game this year, more delays are popping up. And then there are the commercials.

"With television, it is going to be long. I think the games are a little bit long," he said. "Six overtimes, seven overtimes, three overtimes, I guess the crowd likes it. You like a winner. You hate a tie. I've been to games before this started and we tied, and that's awful."

Colorado: The Buffs will probably have to do without offensive lineman Brian Daniels, who hurt his ribs and kidney in the season opener. It's a loss the Buffs can ill afford because the offensive line is pretty much their thinnest position.

Tackle Tyler Polumbus (ankle) should play, while defensive back Ben Burney is out with mononucleosis.

Linebacker Brian Iwuh (knee) is expected back after arthroscopic surgery two weeks ago.

Penn State: Coach Joe Paterno struck a conciliatory tone with reporters regarding remarks he made two weeks ago that he didn't like the media anymore.

During his news conference on Sept. 6, Paterno said he missed the off-the-record chats he had with reporters on Friday nights before football games, a practice that ended last year.

"I can't trust you guys anymore," he said at the time. "I am just being honest with you. It is no fun." He said he loved coaching and working with players, though "I don't like you guys anymore."

After joking with reporters near the end of his news conference Tuesday, Paterno brought the subject up again. "Hey, we've got to have a little fun," he said. "A lot of you guys I think took my remarks about not being around you ... I feel bad about that."

"I know what kind of job you guys got. It's a tough job," Paterno said. "I got a tough job, you got a tough job. And once in a while, you write things that I think you're jerks, and once in a while I say things and you think I'm a jerk. OK? But that's the way it works out."

Boston College: The only thing that's changed for Boston College backup Matthew Ryan is the quarterback he's replacing.

Ryan came on in relief when starter Quinton Porter hurt his ankle in the third quarter of Saturday night's 28-17 loss to Florida State. Ryan started slowly but took BC to the Seminoles 2 in the final minutes before the Eagles failed to punch it in.

Coach Tom O'Brien isn't sure whether Porter will be back for Saturday's game at Clemson.

"He's hobbling," O'Brien said before Porter missed practice on Tuesday. "If he can practice this week, he'll play. If he can't, he won't. We'll find out."

Ryan backed up Paul Peterson as a freshman in 2004, when Porter redshirted. Ryan played in four games, relieving Peterson in the second half of the Nov. 20 game against Temple when the starter injured his hand.

Syracuse: Syracuse has lost another member of its receiving corps.

Freshman Lavar Lobdell will have to undergo shoulder surgery to repair an injury he suffered in high school.

He aggravated the injury during preseason camp and injured it again last week in practice despite wearing a brace.

"He barely touched up against somebody and it popped out," coach Greg Robinson said. "He had gotten so comfortable with his shoulder, he hadn't thought about it in a week. Lavar was a young receiver that was coming on. He was starting to look like the guy we thought he was."

Robinson said he was confident the NCAA would allow Lobdell to redshirt, even though he did play in the Orange's first two games.

Another of the walking wounded was tight end Joe Kowalewski, who had career highs with seven catches for 96 yards in Saturday's 27-24 loss to No. 23 Virginia. He suffered a shoulder injury against the Cavaliers, and Robinson said Kowalewski was listed as day-to-day for practice this week.


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