Southeastern extends contract of Ron Roberts

Associated Press file photo by BUTCH DILL -- Southeastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts talks to players during a game at UAB in 2012.
Associated Press file photo by BUTCH DILL -- Southeastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts talks to players during a game at UAB in 2012.

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana extended the contract of second-year coach Ron Roberts, the university announced Thursday.

The contract extension is subject to approval by the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors. Athletic Director Jay Artigues said the agreement extends Roberts’ contract through the next three seasons.

Roberts and the Lions are 7-2 overall and 4-0 in Southland Conference play, in sole possession of first place with three regular-season games remaining. The Lions are off to their best start since 1981, checking in at No. 16 in the Sports Network Top 25.

Roberts came to Southeastern after a five-year stay at Division II Delta State. He guided the Lions to a 5-6 overall record last season.

Grambling

Eddie Robinson Jr. dies: In Dallas, Eddie Robinson Jr., the son of legendary Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson, died Wednesday night at Baylor University Medical Center following a prolonged illness. He was 70.

Robinson Jr. — sometimes called “Coach Jr.” — was a player and an assistant coach for 16 years under his father, who died in 2007.

“Eddie cared for his family unfailingly and without complaint and continued to contribute his time and skills to the Grambling State University football program through last season,” Robinson’s family said in a statement. “It was, perhaps, Eddie’s passion for sports and the youth that define him best. Each year, he looked forward to hosting summer football camps in honor of his father and enlisting colleagues and friends to impart fundamentals of the sport and life lessons on camp participants.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

FAU

PELINI WANTS HIS JOB BACK: Carl Pelini wants his job back at Florida Atlantic, asking school officials to rescind the resignation letter that he now claims he was forced to sign after being confronted with allegations that he used illegal drugs.

Pelini, who was 5-15 at FAU, said he denied using the drugs, later identified in other documents as marijuana and cocaine. When FAU announced his resignation Oct. 30, athletic director Patrick Chun said Pelini and then-defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis both acknowledged that they used drugs.

Texas

NEW BOSS SAYS ‘DRAMATIC TURNAROUND ’ NOT NEEDED: New Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson said Thursday he doesn’t intend to “make change just for the sake of making change” at the nation’s wealthiest athletic department and he didn’t discuss specific sports during his job interview.

Patterson inherits a department that has struggled to win at the level fans expect of a program so rich with resources.

Mack Brown’s football team has fallen back into the pack in the Big 12. Men’s basketball had its first losing season since 1997-1998. And baseball, a perennial power, missed the Big 12 tournament last season.