Sports in Brief: Temple's Montel Harris headed to NFL scouting combine

Temple tailback Montel Harris is scheduled to participate Feb. 23 to 26 in the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
Temple tailback Montel Harris is scheduled to participate Feb. 23 to 26 in the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)
Posted: February 12, 2013

Temple tailback Montel Harris is scheduled to participate Feb. 23 to 26 in the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

The graduate student, who played several games with injuries, had 196 carries for 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Harris, who transferred from Boston College in July, finished his career with 4,789 yards and 39 TDs.

The NCAA granted Penn State tight end-turned-offensive lineman Garry Gilliam a sixth year of eligibility on Monday because of a left-knee injury. He now has two years remaining with the Nittany Lions.

Rutgers-Camden senior Tim VanLiew of Deptford is the New Jersey Athletic Conference men's indoor field athlete of the week.

Big Ten athletic directors and football coaches say they have reservations about loosened NCAA rules that would allow unlimited contact between recruiters and high school players.

Tyler Gaffney is leaving professional baseball to return to the Stanford football team. He spent a year playing in the minors for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dennis Erickson, 65, who won two national titles at Miami, is coming out of retirement to guide Utah's offense, joining 26-year-old Brian Johnson as co-offensive coordinator for coach Kyle Whittingham.

NFL: Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is returning to his role as CEO of Pilot Flying J, his Tennessee-based truck-stop empire.

Haslam bought the team for $1 billion in August. His decision is based partly on his hiring former Eagles president Joe Banner as the Browns' CEO. Last month, Haslam and Banner hired Mike Lombardi as VP of player personnel.

New Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone released two veterans: linebacker Nick Barnett and strong safety George Wilson.

The New York Giants signed injury-plagued cornerback Terrell Thomas, who missed 2011 and 2012 with a torn knee ligament.

GOLF: The U.S. Golf Association is getting rid of the men's and women's U.S. Amateur Public Links tournaments in favor of U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships starting in 2015 to meet what it says is a trend at state and regional levels.

SOCCER: Former Temple standout Cody Calafiore was invited to take part in preseason workouts with Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew in Orlando.

The New York Cosmos will start play in the second-tier North American Soccer League in its fall season. The Cosmos played in the old NASL from 1971-84, but folded in 1985.

WINTER SPORTS: American Ted Ligety won his second gold medal at the world skiing championships in Schladming, Austria, when he captured the super-combined title.

He also won the super-G.

- Staff and wire reports

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