Sports briefs 1/8/12: Browns circle back in search of coach

TOM WITHERSAP Sports Writer Published:

CLEVELAND -- The Browns have circled back in their coaching search after a wild weekend out West.

Now into their second week looking for the team's sixth full-time coach since 1999, Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are assessing the candidates they've already interviewed and setting up meetings with others on their radar.

On Sunday, the Browns eliminated Oregon coach Chip Kelly as a candidate because of his hesitancy about jumping to the pros, a person with knowledge of the team's meeting with the 49-year-old told the Associated Press.

At this point, there doesn't appear to be any front runner to fill Cleveland's coaching vacancy. Last week, the Browns are known to have interviewed former Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Syracuse coach Doug Marrone and Penn State coach Bill O'Brien.

The team is expected to interview Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, whose resume includes extensive time as an NFL offensive assistant, most recently with the Miami Dolphins in 2004.

• Football

Regrets comments: An attorney says an Ohio student regrets comments he made on a video in which he joked about an alleged rape victim.

The attorney said in a statement that the student, a 2012 graduate of Steubenville High School, is ashamed and embarrassed about his comments and the effect his behavior has had, especially on his family. Attorney Dennis McNamara said Monday that the student is not a suspect in the investigation and was not present at the scene of the alleged attack.

Parrish hired: Eastern Michigan has hired ex-Ball State head football coach Stan Parrish as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Parrish was an assistant at Ball State in 2005-08 and head coach for the Muncie, Ind., school in 2008-10. He was offensive coordinator at Michigan in 2000-01 and quarterbacks coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002-03.

• Basketball

IU wins: Christian Watford scored 16 points, Jordan Hulls added 14 and No. 5 Indiana used a big first-half run to race past Penn State 74-51 on Monday night. Jermaine Marshall had 11 points for the Nittany Lions (8-6, 0-2). Ross Travis added 14 points and five rebounds.

Indiana (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) center Cody Zeller finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Grant shines: Jerian Grant scored 19 points for Notre Dame, which won its 12th straight 66-60 over Cincinnati.

Notre Dame (14-1, 2-0 Big East) is off to the best start during coach Mike Brey's 13 seasons. Sean Kilpatrick had 15 points for Cincinnati (13-3, 1-2).

Good rebounding: Freshman Bryn Forbes scored 14 points and was one of nine Cleveland State players with at least three rebounds in the Vikings' 60-50 win over Illinois-Chicago.

Tim Kamczyc scored a game-high 13 points to go with four boards, and Sebastian Douglas added 10 points for Cleveland State (9-7, 1-1) Josh Crittle and Gary Talton led Illinois-Chicago (10-5, 1-1) with 10 points apiece.

Cavs lose: Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bulls to a 118-92 rout of the Cavaliers.

Joakim Noah added 11 points and 11 rebounds while Luol Deng had 19 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who beat the Cavaliers for an 11th straight time. Dion Waiters led Cleveland (8-28) with 18 points. C.J. Miles and Kyrie Irving had 15 points apiece.

• Elsewhere

Lawsuit dismissed: Los Angeles' defense attorney says a federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a man who was arrested in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium and later cleared.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's office on Monday announced the dismissal of Giovanni Ramirez's lawsuit against Los Angeles and Police Chief Charlie Beck. Ramirez also alleged his rights to due process were violated after he was arrested but never charged in the brutal beating of Bryan Stow.

First meeting: A dozen or so Columbus Blue Jackets players went through a light workout on Monday, their first unofficial meeting since the NHL and the players' union reached a tentative agreement a day earlier after a lengthy lockout.

Forward R.J. Umberger, who spent his idle time as a volunteer coach with his former college team at Ohio State, helped organize things. Several Blue Jackets are still overseas. No one yet knows when practices will officially start, or the games will begin.

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