LaFleur has been Southern's athletic director for 6 years. The former LSU star was an Eagles third-round draft choice in 1981 but never played for them. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1981-86 and finished his career with Indianapolis at the end of the 1986 season.
In other college news:
* Sydney Johnson, who led Princeton to a share of the Ivy League basketball title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, was hired by Fairfield. He replaces Ed Cooley, who left for Providence.
* Miami basketball coach Frank Haith resigned to take the Missouri job, Hurricanes officials said. Haith will replace Mike Anderson, who left last month to take over at Arkansas.
* VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart agreed to an 8-year contract, the school announced. Details of that deal will be released once the contract is signed.
* Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams will stand trial on rape and other felony charges alleging that he inappropriately touched two female students, a judge ruled. A trial date was set for May 13.
* Towson hired Pittsburgh assistant Pat Skerry as its replacement for head basketball coach Pat Kennedy, who resigned last month.
* Yale is mourning the death of hockey player Mandi Schwartz, whose 27-month leukemia battle drew thousands of people to sign up on bone marrow registries. She died Sunday at 23.
* A federal judge in Minneapolis has decided to combine two requests to halt the NFL lockout. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson
said she will hear arguments tomorrow from attorneys for current players as well as attorneys for retired players. The current players and retirees have filed similar antitrust lawsuits against the league in addition to their requests for an injunction to stop the lockout.
* Kansas City linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested and charged with theft from a riverboat casino in Florence, Ind. The Switzerland County sheriff's department said Vrabel, 35, was arrested at 5:30 a.m. and released about 5 hours later on $600 cash bond. He was charged with a class D felony. "It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication," Vrabel said in a statement issued through his agent. "I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter."