Adam Hall is ready to make a decision.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound do-everything football star plans to announce which college he will play for at 11 a.m. Friday at Palo Verde High School.
University of Arizona head coach Mike Stoops, defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes, and wide receivers coaches Michael Smith and David Nichol ate pizza, potato salad and hot wings at the Halls’ East Side home Monday night, putting the full-court press on the Parade All-American.
Hall, who has received scholarship offers from numerous college powerhouses, has narrowed his choices to UA, California and Oregon. His father, the Rev. James Hall, played for the Wildcats in the 1970s and Adam Hall grew up a UA fan.
The versatile athlete, who scored 38 touchdowns last fall at Palo Verde, has garnered scholarship offers for both sides of the ball. He has earned postseason football All-American honors or national all-star game selections as a running back, safety, wide receiver and one simply as an athlete.
He has not decided what position he wants to play in college. Oregon wants him as a wide receiver. Cal and UA have pursued him for either side of the ball with both offensive and defensive coordinators involved in the final-hour recruitment.
The national signing day for high school seniors is Feb. 4.
Mountain West wants bid?
McLEAN, Va. – The Mountain West Conference is pushing for an automatic annual entry into the Bowl Championship Series’ postseason lineup, USA TODAY reported on its Web site Monday night.
The newspaper said that presidents and chancellors of the league’s nine schools, along with commissioner Craig Thompson, will press for a meeting with BCS coordinator John Swofford to discuss an automatic berth into the BCS.
“I would not be optimistic,” Thompson said. “As I explained to them (the Mountain West presidents), it’s a series of legal contracts among 11 conferences, four bowls, two TV partners with yet another TV partner coming in. I would not see much of a relaxation.”
Conference champion Utah finished second in the AP Top 25, earning 16 of 65 first-place votes after it finished an undefeated season by beating Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl.But the Utes had to force their way into the four big-money games, which also include the Fiesta, Orange and Rose Bowls.
The champions of the six BCS conferences – the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC – automatically qualify.
Two other successful Mountain West teams this season, TCU (11-2) and BYU (10-3), had to settle for lesser bowls. TCU beat then-undefeated Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl and BYU lost to Arizona in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Utah was the first team from one of the five non-BCS leagues to qualify for the BCS a second time. The Utes beat Big East champion Pittsburgh 35-7 in the Fiesta Bowl after an undefeated 2004 season.
The Associated Press
Yankees defend A-Rod
NEW YORK – Brian Cashman thinks the Yankees should rally around Alex Rodriguez following a book in which former manager Joe Torre portrayed A-Rod as a divisive figure in the New York clubhouse.
“I think we’ve gone through so much of the Alex stuff that, you know, if anything, maybe this brings people closer together,” Cashman said Monday.
In “The Yankee Years,” scheduled for publication Feb. 3, Torre says, “Alex monopolized all the attention” and that “he needs people to make a fuss over him.”
“We never really had anybody who craved the attention. I think when Alex came over, he certainly changed the feel of the club,” Torre said.
The book, by Torre and Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, details how some teammates referred to A-Rod as “A-Fraud” after he joined the team for the 2004 season.
“I have never one time heard of the term ‘A-Fraud’ until I saw that rolling on the TV, I guess this morning or whenever they started reporting it,” said Andy Pettitte, who rejoined the Yankees for the 2007 season.
New York hasn’t been to the World Series since Rodriguez put on pinstripes.
“There’s always going to be some controversy that surrounds this club,” Cashman said. “The best way to try to deal with it is, I guess, rally around each other the best you can if there’s real feelings there.”
Cashman said that when Rodriguez became a free agent after the 2007 season, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Pettitte all urged him to re-sign A-Rod.
The Associated Press
Owens gets reality show
DALLAS – Terrell Owens hopes to score with a new cable reality show.
The Dallas Cowboys’ controversial wide receiver will star in his own show on VH1 this summer, giving fans a look into his life off the field.
VH1 announced Monday that the series takes place in the offseason, and Owen’s best friends and publicists – Monique Jackson and Kita Williams – will help him re-examine his personal life. The two will work as “matchmakers and therapists” for Owens.
Owens, who caught 69 passes for 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, was prominently featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” that tracked the Cowboys in training camp last year.
The Associated Press
Curlin named top horse
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Curlin won in Dubai and Big Brown won at Churchill Downs. Now both have won on Miami Beach.
Dubai World Cup winner Curlin was chosen horse of the year for the second year in a row Monday night at the Eclipse Awards.
Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was chosen 3-year-old male of the year.
The Associated Press
Readers question hoops apology
Re: Russ Pennell says apology from Houston player is sincere
• Sorry, I for one did not read any sincerity into it.
• If he did it unintentionally, he would have immediately stopped, turned around and said that he was sorry.
• As soon as you accept the apology, you lose the chip on your shoulder. All competitive players have some sort of chip to further motivate their play. Chase (Budinger), it is in your best interest not to accept the apology.
ON THIS DATE
1973: UCLA, led by Bill Walton, sets an NCAA record for consecutive victories with its 61st win, an 82-63 victory over Notre Dame. UCLA breaks the record of 60 set by San Francisco in 1956. Walton scores 16 points, grabs 15 rebounds and blocks 10 shots.
1996: The U.S. Golf Association elects Judy Bell as the first female president in its 101-year history.
2001: Jennifer Capriati upsets three-time winner Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3 to win the Australian Open and her first Grand Slam tournament title.