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Prospect's Eckert picks Indiana:
Prospect senior offensive lineman Peyton Eckert ended his whirlwind college football recruiting process Sunday night when he made a verbal commitment to Indiana University. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Eckert saw limited action as a junior but emerged this season and also received scholarship offers from Connecticut, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. Eckert had also received significant interest from Michigan State.
"Between the (Indiana) campus, the coaching staff and the other players, I loved it," Eckert said after making an official visit to Bloomington this weekend. "I definitely felt comfortable that it was somewhere I could excel."
-- Marty Maciaszek
Pacers fire O'Brien:
Jim O'Brien's future as Pacers coach was in question heading into a four-game road trip, and team president Larry Bird didn't get the answers he wanted. Bird fired O'Brien on Sunday after the team squandered a promising start to the season by losing seven of its past eight games. Bird had discussed the team's coaching options with owner Herb Simon, saying he wanted to see how the team performed on a Western swing against the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State, Portland and Denver.
"We were in three of the games and the Denver game we didn't really have a chance," Bird said.
Assistant coach Frank Vogel will take over for the rest of the season.
Texas to drop steroid testing?
The nation's largest high school steroids testing program might fall victim to budget cuts. Texas has tested tens of thousands of high school athletes since 2008. The goal was to stop teens from taking dangerous performance-enhancing drugs. The death of a 17-year-old baseball player helped draw national attention to the hazard. …