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Sports log: La. Tech lands ex-UConn coach Holtz

Louisiana Tech officials said they’ve hired former UConn coach Skip Holtz as their football coach. Holtz replaces Sonny Dykes, who left to accept the same job at California last week. The 48-year-old Holtz is the son of Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz. The younger Holtz most recently coached at South Florida, which fired him this month following a 3-9 season. Holtz led UConn to a 34-23 record from 1994-98 . . . New York Giants assistant offensive line coach Matt Rhule was offered the head coaching position at Temple, a person familiar with the decision said . . . Indiana State hired Mike Sanford as its football coach. Sanford spent this season as an assistant coach at Utah State . . . North Carolina sophomore tailback Gio Bernard is entering the NFL draft . . . Kevin Burke led two second-half touchdown drives and Mount Union ended a three-year losing streak in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl with a 28-10 victory over St. Thomas of Minnesota in Salem, Va., for the Division 3 championship . . . In Fargo, N.D., Brock Jensen scored on a 5-yard quarterback draw with three minutes left to rally North Dakota State to a 23-20 victory over Georgia Southern in the FCS semifinals . . . In men’s basketball, Army (5-5) trounced Maine, 96-67, at West Point. The Black Bears (3-7) got 18 points from Justin Edwards . . . Northwestern lost its second-leading scorer, forward Drew Crawford, with a torn labrum in his right shoulder that will require season-ending surgery . . . Mississippi State center Wendell Lewis is expected to miss at least the next eight weeks because of a broken right kneecap . . . UMass center Cady Lalanne was reinstated to the team after a reported incident with campus police. He has an ongoing conduct case still pending that is following due process . . . Quinnipiac and Monmouth accepted invitations to join the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, starting in 2013-14.

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