Va. Tech loses another kicker

Virginia Tech sent kicker Tyler Weiss home yesterday for a curfew violation in New Orleans, where the Hokies are preparing to meet Michigan in the Sugar Bowl Tuesday night.

Virginia Tech spokesman Bryan Johnston said Weiss was booked on a bus to Roanoke, Va., after he failed to be present for a 1 a.m. bed check early Thursday.

Weiss was elevated from a backup role when kicker Cody Journell was arrested last week for his alleged involvement in a home invasion. Weiss missed his only field goal try this season from 29 yards.


Tech now has one kicker with experience, kickoff specialist Justin Myer, who missed both of his field goal tries - from 57 and 53 yards - this season.

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London gets extension Virginia coach Mike London was given a two-year contract extension and a raise, increasing his annual salary to $2.1 million.

News of the contract restructuring came yesterday in Atlanta, where London is preparing the Cavaliers for their first bowl appearance since the 2007 season. Virginia faces Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl today.

London was named the Atlantic Coach Conference’s coach of the year after leading the Cavaliers to an 8-4 record.

Paterno upbeat Surrounded by energetic grandchildren on his 85th birthday, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno offered his perspective about the turbulent two months during which he lost his job and learned he had lung cancer through his son, Jay.


“Joe never sits around and complains about what’s happened to him,’’ Jay Paterno said. “We’re sitting there on his birthday and he said, ‘Look, I’ve got 17 healthy grandkids, I’ve got give five healthy kids’ . . . Joe’s always a guy who looks at the bright side [of] everything.’’

The elder Paterno was dismissed last month in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Paterno was diagnosed several days later with what his family has called a treatable form of lung cancer.

Jay Paterno, the Nittany Lions’ quarterbacks coach, said his father, who turned 85 Dec. 21, is improving as he continues to take radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Boycott threatened Three Illinois assistant coaches have threatened to boycott the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl today against UCLA because of a contract dispute, according to media reports.


Interim coach Vic Koenning told the Chicago Tribune he couldn’t be sure Jeff Brohm, Joe Gilbert, and Chip Long would participate in the bowl.

The assistants said they were guaranteed two-year contracts by former coach Ron Zook, but the reworked deals terminated their contracts after one year.

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas told there was no gray area with the contracts.

“We have a contract that’s pretty clear, and we intend to honor that contract. We assume they’ll honor it as well,’’ he told the website.

Dyer to transfer? Auburn standout running back Michael Dyer is transferring to Arkansas State, according to social media posts made by current Arkansas State players. Dyer is currently suspended and is not participating in the Chick-fil-A bowl tonight against Virginia. Auburn’s offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was named head coach at Arkansas State this month. Dyer, an Arkansas native, rushed for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns this season . . . Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was held out of full practice and his availability for Monday’s TicketCity Bowl against Houston. His status remains unclear as he recovers from a concussion and seizure suffered following a locker room altercation Dec. 17 with receiver Curtis Drake . . . Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones is skipping his final season of eligibility and entering the NFL draft. Jones was an All-Big East first-team selection and finished his career with 147 tackles, seventh among Orange down linemen . . . Barrett Jones, who won the Outland Trophy this season as the nation’s best interior lineman, announced he will return to Alabama for his senior season.