Cincinnati coach Butch Jones has emerged as a leading candidate for the Purdue football coaching vacancy, according to reports.
Jones, 44, is 8-3 this season. The Bearcats face Connecticut today.
Jones has a 49-27 record in six seasons (three at Central Michigan and three at Cincinnati). He has won three conference championships (2007, 2009 in the MAC at Central Michigan; 2011 in the Big East at Cincinnati). He was named the 2011 Big East Coach of the Year.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, last season Jones signed a contract extension through 2017. He has a base salary of $1.575 million, according to reports. He has a $1.4 million buyout clause if he leaves before Jan. 1, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The Boilermakers fired Danny Hope on Sunday. Receivers coach Patrick Higgins will coach the team for the bowl game, which will be announced Sunday.
Around the majors
All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees finalized their $10 million, one-year contract. David Wright and the New York Mets agreed to a $138 million, eight-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
A day after agreeing to the deal in principle, Pittsburgh signed free-agent catcher Russell Martin to a $17 million, two-year contract.
Houston claimed Philip Humber off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and agreed to a one-year contract with the pitcher who threw a perfect game last season.
Homestead senior Gamble set to sign
Homestead senior Nick Gamble will sign a letter of intent next week to Davenport University. Gamble averaged 15.4 points per game last year for the Spartans.
Panel to examine Armstrong case
An independent panel will examine possible links between The International Cycling Union, cycling’s governing body, and the Lance Armstrong doping case.
Georgia State hires Indiana State coach
Trent Miles is leaving Indiana State to replace Bill Curry as Georgia State’s coach. Miles, a former assistant at Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington, led Indiana State to a 7-4 record this year, his third straight winning season at the school.
Around the links
Graeme McDowell opened with three birdies and finished strong for a 6-under 66 for a 9-under 135 total to take a three-shot lead in the World Challenge at Thousand Oaks, Calif.
In Sun City, South Africa, Scotland’s Paul Lawrie shot a 3-under 69 and a 4-under 140 total for a one-shot lead after the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Vonn wins season’s 1st downhill
Lindsey Vonn won the season-opening downhill for her 12th career World Cup victory at Lake Louise, Alberta.