Mich. State's Perles out as coach, may stay as AD


George Perles is out as coach at Michigan State but may remain as athletic director, university president John DiBiaggio said yesterday.

In announcing his decision to split the jobs that Perles had held for almost two years, DiBiaggio said he disapproved of one man's holding both jobs.

"The jobs are separate and distinct, and a mistake was made when they were joined over my objections," he said.

Perles apparently wasn't given a choice of positions and the only decision he now faces is whether to hold onto the athletic director's job alone, effective Jan. 1. The appointment would be for 3 1/2 years.

Michigan State went 8-3-1 last year under Perles, but the Spartans are 2-8 this year. DiBiaggio said "the current football season did not guide my decision. Coaches do not get moved over, up or out at MSU because of a losing season."

* MINNESOTA: Coach John Gutekunst resigned effective Jan. 1, according to a statement released by the university.

It was reported this week that Gutekunst would either resign or be fired. His team is 2-8 this year with Saturday's game at Iowa remaining on the schedule. Gutekunst is 29-36-2 in his six seasons as Minnesota coach.

* MIAMI: Defensive lineman Mark Caesar was arrested after th Hurricanes' 17-16 victory at Florida State on Saturday, The Miami Herald reported.

Caesar threw a cup of ice water that hit a campus police officer at Florida State during the game, according to the newspaper. The player was charged with a misdemeanor count of simple battery.

Said Caesar: "The fans were throwing ice and being very abusive. Me being a young man -- sometimes a young man will do childish things -- I retaliated and threw some ice back."

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