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Sports briefs: San Diego State jilts Big East, will stay in MWC
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

College football • San Diego State is staying in the Mountain West and backing out on the Big East — just like Boise State did last month.

San Diego State President Elliot Hirshman says the school is pleased to be continuing as a full member of the Mountain West Conference.

San Diego State, a founding member, had committed to join the Big East for football only, with Boise State, starting next season.

• John L. Smith will take over at tiny Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., after being let go as Arkansas' football coach.

Smith will start his new head coaching assignment on March 1, the school announced Wednesday. He inherits a Skyhawks team that went 0-10 last season.

Now, instead of coaching against Southeastern Conference squads like national champion Alabama, Smith will face teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference such as nearby Adams State.

Injured Miller to miss rest of season

Skiing • Bode Miller will skip the rest of the World Cup season to rest his surgically repaired left knee.

The two-time overall champion had microfracture surgery nearly a year ago and has been taking a cautious approach to recovery, not wanting any sort of setback with the Sochi Games just a year away.

And while the 35-year-old has missed some races, he hasn't sat out a full season since his debut in 1997.

• In Megeve, France, John Teller of the United States won a freestyle World Cup ski cross event on Wednesday, while Alex Fiva of Switzerland retained the overall lead despite finishing sixth.

From wire reports

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