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Fitch grad joins WVU coaching staff


Austintown Fitch graduate Dan Gerberry will become the West Virginia football team’s 10th assistant coach, the university announced on Sunday. The title stems from a new NCAA rule that allows football teams to have 10 on-field assistant coaches. Gerberry will be an assistant on the offensive side of the ball.

He was previously an offensive analyst for the Mountaineers and was graduate assistant at WVU in 2015. He spent two seasons at Youngstown State as an offensive quality control coach and tight ends coach from 2013 through 2014.

Packers hire from within for new GM


A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the Green Bay Packers are promoting player personnel director Brian Gutekunst to be the team’s next general manager.

The person requested anonymity because the team has made no formal announcement. Gutekunst would replace Ted Thompson, who is transitioning to a senior advisory role in the front office.

The Houston Chronicle first reported Sunday that Gutekunst had taken the job.

Gutekunst has been Green Bay’s player personnel director for nearly two years, though he has been with the Packers’ player personnel department for nearly two decades.

The Packers (7-9) finished with a losing record and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Florida State hires ex-Brown as DC


Willie Taggart has filled an important position on his Florida State staff, hiring Harlon Barnett as defensive coordinator.

The university announced Barnett’s appointment Sunday. He joins the Seminoles after 11 seasons at his alma mater, Michigan State. Barnett coached defensive backs throughout his tenure and was the co-defensive coordinator the past three seasons.

This past season the Spartans led the Big Ten and were second in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing defense, allowing 95.3 yards per game. Michigan State was also seventh in the nation in total defense, allowing 297.6 yards per game and 19th in scoring defense (20.0 points).

Barnett had a seven-year NFL career. He was drafted in the fourth round by Cleveland in 1990, where he played for three seasons followed by stops in New England and Minnesota.

Woodson selected for College Football H.O.F.


Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson of Michigan has been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Woodson won the Heisman in 1997, becoming the first player who primarily played defense to win the award.

The rest of the 2018 Hall of Fame class will be revealed Monday morning by the National Football Foundation. Some of the newly selected inductees will be honored before the College Football Playoff national championship game between Alabama and Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night.

Woodson was a star cornerback, and he also returned punts and played receiver for the Wolverines, who won The Associated Press national championship that season.

A star in the NFL with Oakland and Green Bay, Woodson will be the 31st Michigan player inducted into the Hall of Fame.

‘Bones’ to caddie for Justin Thomas


PGA champion Justin Thomas is using a television on-course reporter to caddie for him next week in Honolulu while his regular caddie recovers from a foot injury.

But not just any TV reporter.

He said he’ll be using Jim “Bones” Mackay at the Sony Open. Mackay spent 25 years with Phil Mickelson until they parted ways last summer. Mackay now works for NBC and Golf Channel walking the course.

Staff/wire report

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