Named Duke’s David Cutcliffe was named the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year on Monday. Cutcliffe led Duke to its first 10-win football season and a spot in the ACC championship game. The No. 22 Blue Devils will play No. 20 Texas A&M in tonight’s Chick-fil-A Bowl, the first time the school has had back-to-back bowl appearances.
Dismissed Louisville dismissed junior basketball forward Chane Behanan from the team for a second violation of university policy. Behanan was a key member of Louisville’s national championship squad and was named to the Final Four all-tournament team. He averaged 8.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in 11 games this season.
Died Former University of Cincinnati star and longtime NBA player Connie Dierking has died at 77. Dierking starred at Cincinnati from 1955-58 and played professionally for multiple teams. In 1965, he was among three players traded to San Francisco to bring Wilt Chamberlain to Philadelphia.
• Three-time Olympic champion skiier Eero Mantyranta died at 76 in Oulu, Finland. Mantyranta helped Finland win the men’s 10-kilometer relay at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics and won the 15-kilomter and 30-kilometer individual races at the 1964 Innsbruck Games. He tested positive for amphetamines in 1972 and admitted to taking hormones, although they weren’t illegal then.
Announced U.S. ski racer Julia Mancuso announced she’s “taking a short break at home.” Mancuso has only one top-15 finish through 10 World Cup races this season leading up to the Sochi Games. The 29-year-old won a gold medal in giant slalom at the 2006 Olympics, and silvers in downhill and super-combined in 2010.
Withdraws Indiana freshman Luke Fischer has withdrawn from school and is expected to transfer. Fischer, a 6-foot-11 center, averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 13 games. Last year, he was Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year.