Declared Arizona All-American Ka’Deem Carey will forgo his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. The hard-hitting running back led the nation in rushing and was Pac-12 Offensive Player the Year.
• All-American left guard David Yankey is forgoing his final year of eligibility at Stanford to enter the NFL draft.
• Arizona State defensive end/outside linebacker Carl Bradford will skip his senior season and become available for this year’s NFL draft.
Hired Veteran NFL and college coach Brian VanGorder was officially hired as the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame after spending the past season as linebackers coach for the New York Jets. VanGorder was an assistant under Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly at Grand Valley State from 1989-91 and won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach at Georgia in 2003. He has previously served as head coach at Georgia Southern and Wayne State, his alma mater.
• Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has hired former UAB head coach Garrick McGee as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator. McGee, who also played in college under Petrino, will be the quarterbacks coach in addition to the offensive coordinator.
Honored Duke coach David Cutcliffe and outgoing North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl have been selected national coaches of the year by the American Football Coaches Association.
Arrested A former major leaguer who broke Japan’s single-season home run record last year has been arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges. Court records show Wladimir Balentien is facing a felony false imprisonment charge and a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a weekend confrontation at his wife’s Miami-area house.
Granted Memphis running back Brandon Hayes has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. He missed the entire 2010 season with a knee injury.
Agreed Outfielder Dayan Viciedo and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year contract and avoided arbitration.
Died The San Jose Sharks announced that longtime NHL scout Jack Gardiner died following a long battle with cancer. He was 69.
Approved University of Texas regents approved a five-year contract for new football coach Charlie Strong worth more than $25 million. The regents approved the contract by a unanimous vote.