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Modified: June 2, 2007 at 8:14 am •  Published: June 2, 2007

/> Langsdorf, 34, underwent surgery to remove a kidney, which was then transplanted to Laurie Cavanaugh, 48, the wife of offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh.

"When you work as closely as a coaching staff does, you develop some really deep and solid friendships,” Mike Cavanaugh said in a statement released by the school. "I guess you could say this is the ultimate in friendship.”

Langsdorf was one of 18 people who were tested for compatibility for a donor match for Laurie Cavanaugh, who suffers from an inherited disorder, autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.

Special delivery: Former NBA all-star Karl Malone has joined the coaching staff at Louisiana Tech, his alma mater. Malone was hired as director of basketball promotion and assistant strength and conditioning coach.

And his hiring came complete with a $350,000 donation to the school — $300,000 to pay for a new basketball court and $50,000 for the volleyball program.

"The Mailman keeps on delivering,” Louisiana Tech president Dan Reneau said when Malone handed him the check.

Chic idea: As did Big 12 coaches last week, SEC football coaches discussed the idea of an early signing period at their annual league meetings this week. The consensus was there was no consensus.

New sponsor: We're not sure how this works, but the Humanitarian Bowl, played on Boise State's blue turf, has a new sponsor. Meet the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, named after the Roady's truck stop chain. has disabled the comments for this article.