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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6 — Herald Zeitung — Fridav, lanuary 7, 2011SPORTSCowboys pick Jason Garrett as 8th head coach Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] com By Jaime Aron AP Pro Football Writer ARUN(nt)N — About 10 minutes into his tenure as coach of the I )allas Cowboys, )ason Garrett had to step aside, learn owner ferry Jones had something to say. (»arret t had been asked how much authority hr* would have over choosing his coaching staff and Jones wanted to be the one who answered. I It seemed like business as usual for the Cow* j boys. Only, it wasn’t. C #    “Jason will have the EM y    final say on any person that leaves the coach-GARRETT ing staff or comes to the coaching staff," Jones said. ‘There won't be a player on this team that Jason does not want on the team. ... (hats the way were going to operate.” So Jones didn’t just change coaches Thursday, He changed his way of doing business. I le coded power and declared the start of a new era, one that could last for a while —- maybe not 29 years like Tom Landry’s tenure, but something along those lines. Garrett is 44 and received a four-year contract. "You can dream that the thing is in place long term because of his age and, frankly, his background and experience," Jones said. Another overwhelming factor is the bond already forged between the Jones and Garrett families. At least one Garrett has been with the Cowboys for 20 of the 22 seasons that Jones has owned the club. Jason Garrett just finished his 12th year as a player or coach. I Iis dad, Jim, was a scout when Jones bought the team in 1989 until retiring in 2004. Jason’s brother, John, is the tight ends coach and another brother, Judd, is director of pro scouting. In 2007, Judd’s wife died suddenly and Jones lent the Garrett family his plane for multiple trips; Judd worked See DALLAS, Page 7 CHS forward excited about prospect of playing college ball By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung Luck was widely considered to be die No. 1 pick by Carolina if he chose to leave school early. But he made his announcement I hursday that he wants to remain at Stanford. Luck led the fifth-ranked Cardinal (12-1) to a school-record 12 wins this season, including a 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Monday night. Stanford is set to finish the season in the top five of the AP poll for the first time since the unbeaten 1940 team finished No. 2. Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett, Virginia lech’s Darren Evans, Alabama’s Mark Ingram and defensive end Marcell Dareus all declared for the NFL Draft on Thursday. Back in 2009, Reinier Strobos was just starting to think about what colleges he’d like to attend with the hopes ol getting a chance to play basketball at the college level as well. 1 he college potentials were hazy at best. But a phone call from coach Larry Anderson of the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) Engineers brought his future into focus. My parents had always stressed a good education and when I was contacted by Ml I, I didn’t even given them a thought,” Strobos said. “But when you are talking about MIT, you are talking about one of the best universities on the planet, and it didn’t take long for me to make my mind up on where I wanted to play.” Canyon coach Brad Lacey said he wasn’t sur-prised that MIT came calling for Strobos. “It jus really is a testament to Reinier’s pride in his academics,” Lacey said. “I’m really happy for Reinier on his having the opportunity to attend such a prestigious university.” The 6-foot-7 swingman made it official by accepting the invitation from MIT to attend and play basketball for the Engineers next season after a pair of visits last year. “I thought Boston was a beautiful city,” Strobos said. “1 loved the culture and experience a whole new atmosphere than in Texas. “It will be a huge change from New Braunfels.” Strobos, is averaging 6.4 points and nearly double-digit rebounds per game, but more importantly, has room to grow, not only in size, but in his development as a basketball player. See STROBOS, Page 7 jj^^j LACEYCloudy with no mud for LSU in Cotton vs. Texas A&M By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON — LSU played its bowl game last season in mud and muck. This time, the weather isn’t what is clouding things for the 11th-ranked Tigers. Coach Les Miles’ name is again being mentioned in connection with the head coaching vacancy at Michigan, his alma mater, as his Tigers get ready for the 75th Cotton Bowl. They play No. 18 Texas A&M in climate-controlled (xjwboys Stadium tonight. Hie 50th meeting between the border-state schools likely is only a brief renewal < >f a rivalry that has been dormant for 15 years. Eor LSU (10-2), this is also a preview of sorts for its 2011 season opener in the same showcase stadium against Oregon. “YVe do see some carry-over,” Miles said. “Beyond the great opportunity to play here, looking at die second game we play in Cowboys Stadium will certainly be a benefit.” As for whether Miles will be part of that game against the Ducks, the two-time Michigan letterman and former LSU vs. Texas A&M Today, 7 p.m. (FOX) Wolverines’ assistant coach said this week that his only focus was on LSU. “1 very much enjoy where I’m at,” said Miles, who is 61 -17 with a national championship in six seasons. “I don’t think anybody has any reason to be concerned in any way.” Texas A&M (9-3) won its last six games and will play in January for the first time since the 2005 Cotton Bowl. “Coach (Mike) Sherman came in with a plan, had a couple of tough years, but never lost focus. He said we’re going to win games,” said junior quarterback RyanTannehill, 5-0 since taking over as the starter. “We showed our fight after the first six games.... We’re setting a foundation. We’re just happy to be back in the spotlight a little bit.” Before the winning streak that included wins over Big 12 division champs Oklahoma and Nebraska, the Aggies had a three-game losing streak that included a loss to Arkansas in Cowboys Stadium. They have lost eight of their last nine bowl games. Miles was considered a top candidate lor the Michigan job three years ago, during LSU’s national championship season. In an unusual pregame news conference before the 2007 Southeastern Conference championship game, See BOWL, Page 7 Texas State to name Franchione as next head coach QB Luck staying at Stanford THE ENGINEERS SNARE A COUGAR ► NBA Yao Ming has ankle surgery, weighs options From staff reports SAN MARCOS — lexas State is set to name Dennis Franchione as the next head football coach today. Franchione coached the Bobcats from 1990-90 and finished with a 13-9 record before leaving for New Mexico. Joe Schad from broke the news Thursday afternoon. lexas State officials decline to 5 comment on hire, j Franchione, who has a 187-101-2 coaching record, is a former Alabama, TCU and Texas A&M coach, with his last coaching job with the Aggies in 2007. Texas State joins the Western Athletic Conference in 2012. I he Bobcats fired Brad Wright on Nov. 22 after a record of 23-23 in his four seasons at Texas State. A 2 p.m. press conference has been called today by lexas State to announce the hiring. Stanford QB Luck to remain at Stanford SIANFORD, Calif. — Stanford quarterback Andrew Euck says he will stay in school for another year instead of entering the NFL draft. A FRANCHIONE File photo Houston centerYao Ming has season-ending surgery Thursday. By Chris Duncan AP Sports Writer HOUSTON — Houston Rockets centerYao Ming underwent surgery Thursday to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle, a procedure he says may end his career. The 7-foot-6Yao has been out since Nov. 10, and played in only Five games this season before the team declared him lost for the season. The seven-time All-Star missed all of last season following reconstructive foot surgery. “I know this will be another long rehab,” the 30-year-old Yao said in a statement. “But I’m looking forward to beginning my recovery. I will use this time to consider all of my options, and will make a decision regarding my career plans as I get closer to the end of my rehab.” Team doctor Tom Clanton See NBA, Page 7 c*    ,    ,    _ . .    _    •    CHRIS HOFFMAN/Herald-Zeitung Canyon forward Reinier Strobos made MIT his college choice, and will play for the Engineers next season. Strobos commits to MIT ;