High School Basketball: Christian County lost 68-38 to O’Fallon in the Colonels opening game at the Centralia Holiday Classic this morning. Tyrik Edwards was the only double figure scorer with 10 points, with Isaiah Pollard adding eight. The Colonels, now 3-6 on the season, will face either Cahokia or Blue Island-Eisenhower in a losers bracket game tomorrow at 8:30 am.
College Football: Two bowl games are on the schedule this evening. The Little Caesar’s Bowl in Detroit has Pittsburgh meeting Bowling Green, while the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego has Northern Illinois going against Utah State.
Michigan State senior linebacker Max Bullough will not play in the Rose Bowl against Stanford January 1st after being suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. Bullough, a team captain, compiled 76 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks for the Spartans this season, earning All-America third team and All-Big Ten first team honors.
The University of Florida has announced Kurt Roper will be the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Roper, currently an assistant coach with Duke, will coach the Blue Devils in their Chik-Fil-A Bowl appearance in Atlanta Tuesday against Texas A&M.
Contract details are not immediately known, but the Gainesville Sun reports Roper will make $600,000 per year. Roper once coached at Kentucky, serving as the Wildcats quarterbacks coach in 2005.
NFL: It appears Kyle Orton will get the start at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in their Sunday night winner take all NFC East title game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Orton took reps with the first team Wednesday. Quarterback Tony Romo is bothered by a herniated disc, however he has not been ruled out for Sunday night’s game.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys signed a deal with 41-year-old Jon Kitna in a stop gap measure Wednesday. Kitna last played for the Cowboys two seasons ago and says he will be donating his salary to the Washington state high school where he teaches math.