LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth said a search is under way for a replacement for defensive coordinator Greg Stewart.
Hudspeth said Wednesday that Stewart will not return to the coaching staff for the 2013 season. He did not indicate what sparked the coaching move but thanked Stewart for his contributions that led to the team’s 18 wins, including two New Orleans Bowl titles over the past two years.
“His hard work and dedication helped make these things possible,” Hudspeth said.
In a statement Wednesday about his departure provided by the university, Stewart said, “I have decided to go a different direction (professionally), and I am looking forward to the future opportunities for both me and my family.”
Stewart joined ULL’s program in 2011 when Hudspeth was named coach. He previously served as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State for 18 seasons.
ULL hires Bradley
LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette announced Wednesday the hiring of Mary Diana Bradley as operations coordinator.
Bradley will oversee the event management duties for all women’s athletics events, primarily serving as the game manager for women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s basketball and softball.
Bradley is a 2010 graduate from ULL with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology/sports management.
Bradley most recently served as an athletics operations and special events assistant at LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y., from September 2011 to present.
Stanley invited to Shrine game
HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Nathan Stanley has been invited to participate in the 88th annual East-West Shrine game.
The college all-star game will be played 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Stanley will be one of four quarterbacks on the East team, coached by Jerry Glanville. He will split time with Louisiana Tech’s Colby Cameron as well as Collin Klein of Kansas State and Sean Renfree of Duke.
SLU, SE Missouri to play
HAMMOND — Officials at Southeastern Louisiana and Southeast Missouri State announced Wednesday that the schools will play a home-and-home football series beginning in the 2013 season.
The two-year series will begin with a Thursday night game in Hammond on Aug. 29 before concluding in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Sept. 20, 2014. The games will mark the first meetings in football between the schools.
Four Vols to enter draft
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson and defensive end Darrington Sentimore are bypassing their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.
The university announced their decisions in a release Wednesday.
Patterson caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns this fall as a first-team all-Southeastern Conference all-purpose player. Hunter had 73 receptions for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns as a second-team all-SEC pick. Both are considered potential first-round selections.
Bray threw for 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns this season to rank second on Tennessee’s single-season list in both categories, behind Peyton Manning’s 3,819 yards and 36 touchdown passes in 1997. Bray also threw 12 interceptions.
Sentimore, a former Destrehan High School standout, had 18 overall tackles — five for loss — and a team-high four sacks this fall.
Clemson QB Boyd returning
CLEMSON, S.C. — Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Tajh Boyd will return to Clemson for his senior season.
The junior quarterback announced his intention to hold off on the NFL on Wednesday. His return will help keep the Tigers record-setting, fast-paced attack moving forward in 2013.
Boyd broke his own school records this past season with 3,896 passing yards and 36 touchdowns. He was also second on the team in rushing with 514 yards and led Clemson with 10 touchdowns on the ground. Clemson finished 11-2.
No charges against UT player
AUSTIN, Texas — An attorney for Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks said police will not file charges against his client after investigating a sexual assault allegation on the eve of the Alamo Bowl.
Austin attorney Perry Minton said Wednesday in a statement that San Antonio police informed him that no charges will be brought against Hicks “or anyone else in this matter.” Hicks and backup quarterback Case McCoy were suspended Dec. 28 in a move that followed a police investigation involving two unidentified students at a downtown hotel.
San Antonio police spokesman Matthew Porter said detectives were still reviewing the case and did not comment further.
Minton has previously said the conduct under investigation was consensual.
Georgia hires DL coach
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia hired Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson as its new defensive line coach Wednesday.
The 44-year-old Wilson replaces longtime Georgia assistant Rodney Garner, who took a job at Auburn, his alma mater.
Wilson was hired at Mississippi State in 2010 as the co-defensive coordinator and line coach, then took over as the sole coordinator the last two seasons. He also coached previously at Oklahoma and Colorado.