HOLMES JOINS BOXING HALL: He had a boxing resume that could stand beside the greatest in his sport. Yet Larry Holmes always seemed to have to justify himself as a champion.

There was no need for explanations Tuesday.

Holmes received the ultimate validation when he took his place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Joining him in the 2008 class were 11 others boxers and ring personalities chosen by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.

College football

WULFF NEW COACH AT WSU: New Washington State football coach Paul Wulff wasted little time Tuesday proving he was a Cougar through and through.

Wulff, 40, recalled that when he arrived on the WSU campus as a freshman player in 1985, he was told he would not like purple, the color of archrival Washington.

"It's 22 years later and I really don't like purple," Wulff said, taking immediate aim at football dominance in the state.

MILES REPEATS MICHIGAN DENIAL: LSU coach Les Miles denied once again Tuesday he is interested in filling Michigan's head coaching vacancy.

"I had a conversation with Michigan last week that covered a wide range of topics. I was doing nothing more than helping them with their search for a football coach, just as any loyal alumnus might do. It was nothing more than that," Miles said.

MANGINO COACH OF THE YEAR: Kansas coach Mark Mangino was selected coach of the year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Tuesday.

ROSE BOWL TICKETS SELL FAST: The Illinois ticket office needed only 30 minutes to sell the last of its Rose Bowl tickets.

The university put the last 3,000 tickets on sale Tuesday morning. It was the first chance the general public had to buy tickets from the university.