Steeler Banaszak will replace RMU's Walton

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Robert Morris University will announce today that former Steelers defensive lineman John Banaszak is the Colonials football coach-in-waiting.

Robert Morris coach Joe Walton announced he will retire after the 2013 season, his 20th as the team's head coach.

Banaszak has been on Walton's staff for nine seasons and is the assistant head coach. Before joining Walton, Banaszak was the head coach at Washington & Jefferson College for four years, compiling an impressive 38-9 record.

More college

University of Texas regents are considering making changes to football coach Mack Brown 's contract. Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said a month ago he wanted to extend Brown's current contract, which runs through 2016, by a couple of years to help end rumors Brown would soon retire. Brown, 60, is one of the highest paid coaches in Division I-A at $5.2 million per year. He is 141-39 overall Texas, including a 12-13 mark over the past two years in the Big 12. Texas won the 2005 national championship and played for the championship again in '09, losing to Alabama.

• Safety Jeremy Cash transferred from Ohio State to Duke. Duke officials said that Cash enrolled for the spring semester and will take part in spring practice when it begins Feb. 22. Cash played in five games as a freshman at Ohio State last season. He will have three seasons of eligibility at Duke.

• The Big South Conference added Longwood University as a full member effective with the 2012-13 academic year. Longwood's addition increases the Big South membership to 12 institutions for the first time in league history. Longwood, in Farmville, Va., sponsors 14 varsity sports at the Division I level, 13 of which are sponsored by the Big South.


The Philadelphia Union will play host to the 2012 MLS All-Star game at PPL Park. A news conference was scheduled for today at Philadelphia City Hall featuring MLS commissioner Don Garber , Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz , Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and Chester mayor John Linder .

Horse racing

The Breeders' Cup Classic is coming to prime time for the first time. NBC Sports Group and the Breeders' Cup agreed to a multiyear deal for the network to televise the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships beginning with the 2012 event at Santa Anita Park. This year, NBC Sports Network will televise the Breeders' Cup races Nov. 2 and then Nov. 3 before NBC picks up coverage for the $5 million Classic from 8-9 p.m.

Rachel Alexandra and her first foal are "doing well" a day after the 2009 Horse of the Year gave birth to a bay colt. Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky., said on its website that the focus will be on allowing Rachel and her foal to adjust to one another, and farm manager Gary Megibben adds that Rachel is "a natural mother who took to the colt immediately." The 125-pound colt with a star was sired by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin .


Athens Olympic champion Paul Hamm plans to compete at a U.S. men's ranking meet Feb. 2 and 4, his first competition since his hand was broken at the 2008 national championships. Hamm hopes to earn one of eight spots on the national team available at Winter Cup at the Sports Center in Las Vegas. Being part of the national team would put him in the pool for international competition and also make him eligible for training funds from USA Gymnastics. Hamm, the only American man to win the Olympic and world all-around titles, missed the Beijing Olympics after his hand was broken.

Track and field

Four-time Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee , who won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals, is one of three new members on USA Track and Field's board of directors. Sports attorney Eve Wright and network television executive Mickey Carter also were added to the board.


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