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Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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College Football Notebook: Cal's Tedford selects his QB

BERKELEY, Calif. — Nate Longshore will start at quarterback for ninth-ranked California in Saturday's season opener at No. 23 Tennessee after beating out Joe Ayoob for the job.

Coach Jeff Tedford announced his decision after practice at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night. The quarterback guru sounds convinced Longshore has fully recovered from last season's broken leg and a minor back injury last week.

"They've both had great camps, [but] somebody has got to take the first snap," Tedford said. "It's very possible they'll both play. Nate has run the offense very well. There wasn't a lot of difference between them, but Nate has been real consistent."

The Golden Bears have their highest preseason ranking in 54 years despite a summer of uncertainty at quarterback, where Tedford has tutored a series of valued NFL prospects in his career.

Longshore also beat out Ayoob last season, but broke his leg near the ankle in the first half of Cal's first game.

Ayoob took over and started nine games as a junior, but lost the job to third-stringer Steve Levy after throwing 11 passes that were intercepted in his final four games.

Levy, who won't travel to Knoxville, Tenn., as punishment for his involvement in an offseason bar fight, led Cal to victories over Stanford and, in the Las Vegas Bowl, Brigham Young.

"Either way, I'm sure we'll both play, and we just want to go out there and execute the offense," said Longshore, who stayed late after practice and threw 55-yard passes to receiver DeSean Jackson. "I'm excited."

Notes

• Miami wide receiver Ryan Moore grabbed a woman by the throat, pushed her to the ground and threatened another woman, according to a police report.

Moore, 22, was not arrested after the incidents early Saturday, according to the Coral Gables, Fla., police report released Monday. He was suspended indefinitely Saturday by Hurricanes coach Larry Coker, who would say only that Moore was being punished for violating team policy.

The report will be forwarded to prosecutors, who will decide if Moore should be charged, said Sgt. Michael Frevola, a Coral Gables police spokesman.

• Junior defensive end Joe Rudulph has left the Oregon State program, coach Mike Riley said.

Riley had suspended Rudulph earlier this month. Rudulph played in 20 games during his first two seasons at Oregon State.

His most-publicized hit came at a Corvallis nightspot in 2004, when he punched a National Guard soldier on leave from duty in Iraq. Rudulph pleaded guilty in April 2005 and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

• If Army goes at least 6-6, it will be invited to the Poinsettia Bowl to play a team from the Mountain West Conference on Dec. 19 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Army, coached by Bobby Ross, was 4-7 last season.

• Former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez, ex-Tennessee defensive back Charles Davis and play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman will make up the lead broadcasting crew for Fox Sports' Bowl Championship Series coverage. The trio will call the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, and the BCS title game a week later.

• The Big East Conference and ESPN agreed to a pair of six-year deals to extend coverage of football and men's and women's basketball through 2013.

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