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Bailey says he'll be back in 2010

Allen Bailey said after the Hurricanes' 20-14 loss in the Champs Sports Bowl he needed to talk to his family before making a final decision on returning for his senior season at UM or entering the draft. 

Allen Bailey  After a weekend back home and lengthy conversation with his mom, Bailey told our Susan Miller Degnan tonight he's "definitely coming back."

That's great news for the Hurricanes. Bailey (6-4, 288) was absolutely the team's top pass rusher this past season. He led a lackluster pass rush with seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss and was named to the All-ACC First Team. 

> Canesport.com is reporting tight end recruit Chase Ford will need a waiver this week to arrive in time for spring football. Ford, who signed with UM Kilgore Junior College last month, is academically set to arrive on Jan. 19 when classes begin. But he is still waiting to hear on NCAA clearance because he transferred from Kilgore to Lamar University for a semester before transferring back to Kilgore.

Ford finished his sophomore season with 32 catches for 545 yards. He was named the Southwest Junior College Football Conference's Most Valuable Player, as voted on by the league's coaches. If he's not in spring camp, UM will only have one tight end option around -- redshirt freshman Billy Sanders. It is still unclear if senior Richard Gordon will receive a sixth year medical redshirt.