Gus Frerotte, the former Rams quarterback, has been named head coach at John Burroughs, replacing Todd Small who is retiring after 23 years at the school.
Small's last team went 14-1 and reached the Class 3 final before falling 21-20 to Richmond. In his six years as head coach, his teams were 44-21.
Frerotte, who came to Burroughs in 2009 as a volunteer assistant, played for the Rams in 2006-07. He was originally drafted by the Redskins in 1994 and was a Pro Bowl pick in 1996. He also played for Detroit, Denver, Cincinnati, Miami and Minnesota.
Pierson makes choice • The recruiting saga of East St. Louis running back Anthony Pierson appears to be over. Pierson told JayhawkSlant.com on Wednesday that he had made a verbal commitment to Kansas.
Pierson, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound running back and defensive back, is the No. 1 player on the Post-Dispatch Super 30 area recruit rankings. He committed to Missouri last February but later decommitted. He also considered Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas State and Minnesota, among others.
The speedy Pierson transferred from Gateway Tech to East St. Louis for his senior year and had 1,408 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns before being declared ineligible by the Illinois High School Association because of a residency issue. He finished his four-year varsity career, in which he topped 1,000 yards rushing in each season, with 5,661 rushing yards and 76 touchdowns.