Longtime Creighton basketball coach

Dana Altman

has signed a 7-year deal worth $1.8 million annually to become Oregon's head coach. Altman, 51, spent 16 seasons at Creighton, finishing with a 327-176 record. He led the Bluejays to 11 consecutive 20-win seasons before they went 18-16 this past season.

Creighton went to the postseason 13 times in his tenure, including seven NCAA Tournament appearances.

Altman replaces Ernie Kent, who was dismissed after 13 seasons at his alma mater. The Ducks went 16-16 last season.

Altman is being replaced at Creighton by Iowa State's Greg McDermott.

In other college news:

* Four North Carolina State football players face drug charges after police found marijuana in their off-campus apartment. Raleigh police say offensive tackle Jake Vermiglio and defensive tackles Markus Kuhn and J.R. Sweezy each were charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for the use of controlled substances. All-Atlantic Coast Conference tight end George Bryan was charged with maintaining a dwelling for the use of controlled substances. All charges are misdemeanors.

* Three members of Boston College's national championship hockey team face alcohol charges after the sport utility vehicle they were in was hit by a trolley while making a U-turn across the tracks, officials said. Hockey players Philip Samuelsson, Patrick Wey and Parker Milner will be summoned to court on charges of being minors in possession of alcohol after the accident early Sunday.


* England midfielder David Beckham (torn Achilles' tendon) said he won't be able to play again until November, meaning he'll miss the entire MLS season for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

* U.S. national team striker Charlie Davies has resumed full training for the first time since nearly dying in car accident last October.

Philly File

* James Madison wideout Rockeed McCarter, who starred at Northeast and Roman Catholic, has accepted an offer to participate this weekend in the Denver Broncos' minicamp. McCarter has not been signed, according to a team official but could earn a free-agent contract off his performance.

* Agnes L. "Aggie" Stegmuller, a four-sport athlete who earned All-America honors in field hockey and softball while at Temple, died Sunday. She was 87. Stegmuller, a member of the Temple University Athletics Hall of Fame, played badminton, basketball, field hockey and softball.

Sport Stops

* Four-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson took the blame for making a mistake that ultimately led to teammate Jeff Gordon's wreck Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

* Trainer Todd Pletcher said he was not pleased with the way Rule worked out at Churchill Downs and the horse will not run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

* Sepp and Francois Plozza have resigned as men's and women's coaches for the U.S. national bobsled team to take the same roles in Switzerland. Also, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says bobsledder Randy Jones, 40, has received a 2-year suspension for refusing to take an out-of-competition test. Jones, a silver medalist in the 2002 Olympics, said he refused to submit a sample in January because he is retired and thought he could submit his retirement paperwork later.

* Former heavyweight champion John Ruiz, 38, is retiring.