Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 24, 2013

Sports in Brief: 12/24/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Hoops for Hope event scheduled for Jan. 28

TRAVERSE CITY — The 5th annual Hoops for Hope event is scheduled for Jan. 28 when Traverse City St. Francis takes on Traverse City Central in girls basketball.

Proceeds from the event go toward Child and Family Services, as well as Girls on the Run, to buy kids in need athletic shoes. T-shirts for the game are on sale for $10. Anyone who wears the shirt to the game will get in for free.

U-M’s Gardner still slowed by turf toe

PHOENIX — Michigan coach Brady Hoke says quarterback Devin Gardner is still slowed by a turf toe injury.

Hoke says if the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl was on Monday, freshman Shane Morris would take snaps for the Wolverines against Kansas State.

The coach says Gardner, who is wearing a protective boot, would have to practice by Wednesday to play in Saturday night’s game. Hoke says Gardner had a setback and met with doctors last Friday.

Morris was 5 of 9 for 65 yards with one interception in two games this season.

Hoke says kicker Brendan Gibbons won’t be with the team in Arizona because of a family matter. Matt Wile will kick in the bowl game as he did against Ohio State after the team said Gibbons was out with an injury.

Boise State QB talks about suspension

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State University quarterback Joe Southwick said he was unfairly dismissed from the Hawaii Bowl, arguing he was falsely accused of urinating from a hotel balcony.

Southwick, a senior who was sent home Friday by interim head coach Bob Gregory shortly after the team arrived in Hawaii, took a polygraph test after arriving in Boise in his bid to prove his innocence, KTVB reported Sunday.

Initially, Southwick and backup quarterback Nick Patti were suspended for violating team rules, with BSU not providing details of what happened. Eventually, Patti was reinstated, but Southwick was taken to the airport where he says he waited nine hours before his flight.

The incident — and Southwick’s denial of involvement — represents a challenge for a program that was already in transition: Former head coach Chris Petersen quit and took a job at the University of Washington earlier this month following an 8-4 season, his worst since taking over as head coach in 2006. Brian Harsin, the former head coach at Arkansas State, has been hired to replace Petersen, but the Hawaii Bowl was seen as a chance for Gregory to elevate his profile.

Brey: Losing Grant is big challenge for Irish

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said the loss of leading scorer Jerian Grant to an academic violation might be the biggest he’s faced in his 14 seasons at the school.

He’s had previous teams miss key players and still earn NCAA berths. But this might be different with the Fighting Irish joining the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“This one’s going to be the hardest for two reasons: Jerian is so involved with everything we do on the offensive end of the floor, and we’re trying to negotiate a new league,” Brey said on a teleconference Monday.

The news broke Sunday evening when the university posted a message from Grant on its web site. Grant said he is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame because of an academic matter that he didn’t handle properly.

Brey said he couldn’t elaborate further because of privacy laws. He wouldn’t say when he found out Grant wouldn’t be eligible for the spring semester. The news came out now because Monday is the official end of the semester.

Grant was averaging 19 points and also led the Irish (8-4) in assists and steals. He was a preseason all-ACC pick.