SHORT EARNS FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN HONOR: Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short (E.C. Central) has been selected to the All-Big Ten's First Team. Short had 42 tackles in the regular season, including 14.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also forced two fumbles and recovered one.
BEARS HAVE BUSY DAY AT HALAS HALL: The Bears signed guard/center Andre Gurode to the active roster Tuesday, waived defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, signed offensive lineman Derek Dennis and wide receiver Dale Moss to the practice squad and terminated the practice squad contracts of wide receiver Raymond Radway and guard Chris Riley.
The 6-foot-4, 318-pound Gurode has started 127 of 151 games played over 10 seasons with Dallas (2002-10) and Baltimore (2011) after being drafted by the Cowboys in the second round (37th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.
Last season he started five of 13 games played with the Ravens, with all five starts coming at left guard. The five-time Pro Bowler (2006-10) and two-time All-Pro (2007, '09) has started at both guard and center during his NFL career.
Dennis is a 6-3, 315-pound rookie offensive lineman out of Temple University. He was originally signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent and also saw time in the preseason with the New England Patriots.
Moss entered the NFL this season as an undrafted free agent of the Packers out of South Dakota State. The 6-3, 213-pound wide receiver spent the first 10 weeks of the regular season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad.
FORMER BEARS COACH PARDEE ILL WITH CANCER: Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" who went on to become a five-time All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live, his family said Tuesday.
The cancer has spread to other organs and that her 77-year-old father plans to move to a Denver hospice where the College Football Hall of Fame inductee's wife, Phyllis, has been receiving care since having a stroke, daughter Anne Pardee confirmed to The Associated Press.
Anne Pardee said her father was in good spirits despite the diagnosis.
Pardee played for the Rams from 1957-64, sat out a year to cope with melanoma, then played seven more seasons. He finished his playing career with the Washington Redskins in 1973.
Pardee stuck with the NFL and was the Bears' head coach from 1975-77. He coached the Redskins from 1978-80.
Pardee was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
VU SIGNS THREE RECRUITS: Dave Bacalla (Niles North), Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis) and Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio) recently signed with Valparaiso University.
Bacalla, a three-time all-state selection, has finished within the top 16 of the Illinois state championship on three occasions. Dunn made a pair of appearances in the top 16 of the Wisconsin state championship. Schorsch was a two-time singles champion at the "Little Mo" North American tournament in 2004 and 2005, and captained a USA squad which played against a European squad in Croatia in 2005.
VU SIGNS FIVE RECRUITS: Rachel Bruinsma (Muskegon, Mich), Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Tarrah Lasky (Valparaiso), Jamie Lacheta (Warsaw) and Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis.) recently signed with Valparaiso University.
Bruinsma, an outside hitter from Western Michigan Christian, earned second team all-state honors as a senior. Campbell, an outside hitter/right side from Forest Hills Central, was a first team all-state honoree, totaling 749 kills, 325 digs and 57 aces. Lacheta, an outside hitter, was named to the ICGSA Indiana North All-Star Senior team. Lacheta set program single-match records this season for aces (19) and kills (32) and totaled better than 500 kills. Lasky, a setter, was also named to the ICGSA Indiana North All-Star Senior team. She holds program records for assists in a single season and in a career, as well as service aces in a single season. Longoria, a libero, earned first team all-state honors as a senior, leading Burlington to its second consecutive Division 1 state championship.
Around the horn
The Atlantic Coast Conference has filed a lawsuit against Maryland seeking full payment of the approximately $53 million exit fee for the school's move to the Big Ten. ... The Big East moved quickly to replace Rutgers and braced for more possible departures, getting Tulane and East Carolina to agree to join the re-invented conference in 2014. ... Kentucky has hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as the Wildcats' football coach.