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Sampson can't interfere with IU

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson's separation agreement with the university will not be finalized until March 17.

Sampson signed the deal, but university spokesman Larry MacIntyre said Monday the Hoosiers ex-coach has 21 days to revoke the deal that includes provisions which prevent Sampson from suing the university.

The agreement, which was obtained through a Freedom of Information request, also requires Sampson to continue cooperating with the NCAA investigation and bars him from interfering with any team activities.

"Sampson shall not interfere in any way with the activities of the men's basketball team and shall not discourage the current members from cooperating with the transition to a new head coach, from remaining active members of the team, and from playing to their full potential in all competition events," the agreement states.

Sampson took a $750,000 buyout in return for his immediate resignation after the NCAA accused him of five major rules violations.

The university also included a clause saying that the deal does not, in any way, indicate Sampson believed he had any legitimate legal claims against the school.

• NFL -- Chicago and quarterback Kyle Orton agreed on a one-year contract extension that runs through 2009, setting up a competition between him and Rex Grossman.

The deal comes two days after Chicago re-signed Grossman to a one-year contract and said he would compete for the starting quarterback job with Orton.

• NHL -- Colorado knew that Peter Forsberg and his balky right foot came with risks.

They decided the gamble was worth taking.

The Avalanche and Forsberg agreed on a deal to bring the NHL's 2003 MVP back to Colorado through the end of the season.

Forsberg will earn around $1 million prorated from a one-year, $5 million deal, since there are about six weeks left in the regular season.

Forsberg won two Stanley Cups in his nine seasons with the Avalanche and won the Hart Trophy in 2003 after scoring 29 goals and adding 77 assists.

Foot and ankle injuries plagued him in the years that followed, but the 34-year-old forward said his surgically repaired right foot is on the mend.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- North Carolina named former Minnesota assistant Everett Withers as its defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

Withers' formal appointment came one week after the Golden Gophers announced he had resigned as defensive coordinator to take the same job at North Carolina.

The 44-year-old Charlotte native and former Appalachian State player was on the Tennessee Titans' staff from 2001-06. He replaces Chuck Pagano, who left Chapel Hill after one season to join the Baltimore Ravens' staff.

• Virginia defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald, who had been expected to take over as the team's dominant pass-rushing lineman with the departure of Chris Long to the NFL, is not enrolled in classes this semester, the school said.

Sports information director Jim Daves confirmed that the sophomore from Richmond is no longer a student but declined to comment further, citing privacy issues.

The 6-foot-3, 279-pound defense end was a two-year starter who had 11 1/2 tackles for a loss and seven sacks this past season.

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