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WVU continues search for coach

| Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Scratch off two more names from the list of potential candidates for the West Virginia University basketball coaching position.

Jeff Lebo of Tennessee Tech and Bruce Weber of Southern Illinois have informed West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong to remove their names from the list of candidates to replace Gale Catlett , who resigned in Feb. 14.

That leaves Dave Dakich of Bowling Green as the front-runner for the job.

Lebo told the Herald-Citizen in Cookeville, Tenn., that he informed Pastilong to strike off his name, while Weber withdrew his name Monday.

Dakich, 39, recently completed his fifth year at Bowling Green where he compiled an 89-57 mark. The Falcons were 24-9 this past season and received an NIT berth. Dakich was an assistant coach under Bob Knight at Indiana for 11 years.

Pastilong apparently likes Dakich's no nonsense approach to coaching and that he trained under Knight.

Others who passed on the West Virginia job were Bob Huggins of Cincinnati, former Chicago Bulls coach Tim Floyd , Kent State coach Stan Heath and Wyoming coach John McClain .

Others interested in the job are Montana State coach Craig Carse , Connecticut assistant David Leitao , Georgetown assistant Ronny Thompson and North Carolina assistant Doug Wojcik .

  • Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few withdrew as a candidate for the coaching job at Washington yesterday.

    FOOTBALL

    Three Derry Area High School recruits signed to play college football next season — two with NCAA Division II schools and one with a Division III program. Steve Frye , a tight end/defensive end, is headed to Division II Lock Haven, and Justin Breznik , a tackle/defensive end, to Division II Gannon. Adam Duncan , an offensive lineman/linebacker, will attend Division III Allegheny.

  • West Virginia signed two players to national letters of intent. Added were Ridwan Malik , a 6-foot, 185-pound safety from Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C., and wide receiver Travis Garvin , 6-2, 185, from Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Fla., where he was playing basketball. Garvin, who attended Bradenton Southeast High School, spent two years at the University of Missouri. He was the Big 12 Conference newcomer of the year in 1999 when he had 36 catches for 608 yards and two touchdowns. After catching five passes in 2000, he left Missouri and enrolled at Manatee.

  • The Miami Dolphins secured their lone free agent, re-signing tight end Jed Weaver to a one-year contract.

  • The Denver Broncos have confirmed they have signed free agent wide receiver Rob Moore to back up Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey .

  • A Florida State linebacker in town for a predraft workout with the Miami Dolphins was shot in the shoulder during a carjacking attempt. An armed man approached Bradley Jennings Saturday night at a park in north Miami-Dade County and demanded the player's car before shooting him, authorities said. One bullet went through his shoulder and another grazed his neck.

    HOCKEY

    Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for a crosscheck against Phoenix forward Daymond Langkow . Foote will forfeit $41,649.48 in salary.

    SOCCER

    Seton Hill College signed five men's recruits from the WPIAL. They are Andy Skvarca of Carlynton; John Eckert of Charleroi; Joshua Sobota of Mt. Pleasant Area; Marc Moatz of Thomas Jefferson; and Ryan McCandless of Norwin. The NAIA school also signed Kayla Bittner of Somerset to play women's soccer.

    MOTORSPORTS

    Tony Stewart made his double-duty plans official yesterday, saying he will not drive in the Indianapolis 500. Stewart, a former Indy Racing League champion, will only compete in the Coca-Cola 600 and not make a third attempt at the grueling 1,100-miles of racing.

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