News Nuggets, 01.09.04
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Losman, Rivers among pass-happy QB's in
station plans gold-clad student section for U of L game...
.. Sugar Bowl bombs in boob-tube ratings... ..
takes over Gamecocks' offensive line... .. ECU 'Wild Dogs'
founder quits Longhorns... .. Carroll headlines AFCA
coaching awards... .. Former Army QB makes East-West Shrine
roster as LB... ..
off time adjusted for ECU-Charlotte Bobble Head game... ..
AP trophy presentation seals title split... .. Grantland
Rice trophy also goes to USC... .. BCS title game takes
tumble in TV ratings... .. AP basketball poll... ..
night for LSU profitable one for Saban... .. New life sought
for defunct Seattle Bowl... .. Rose Bowl ratings made huge
leap... .. Concussion study equates football collisions to
car wrecks... ..
tells cash-waving Huskers, Nutt-in' doin'... .. Big doings
in Big Easy... .. Bengals vs. Chargers in Senior Bowl... ..
Marquette inks Senegalese big man... ..
applies brakes to Salukis' home streak... .. Bowden
'nominates' Spurrier for Nebraska job... .. Icy Boise seems
like Paradise to appreciative Tulsa... .. O'Leary ticker on
rapid-rebound track... ..
set stage for debate for the ages... .. Billikens pick
campus location for new arena... .. Schottenheimer takes
another turn coaching in Senior Bowl... .. Bowl wrapup for
C-USA teams... ..
Utes ever' serve dish of humility to Southern Miss... ..
O'Leary stricken by apparent heart attack... .. Amputee
selected for East-West Shrine Game... .. Bowl wrapup for
C-USA teams... ..
second-string QB's in Liberty Bowl spotlight... .. Sun Bowl
teams shower tickets on military personnel... .. Coach with
ECU ties joins O'Leary staff... .. Bowl results/TV schedule
for C-USA teams... ..
L. says stature of Spartans football still suffering... ..
TCU's SuperFrog teams up with Snoop Dogg... .. Game time for
Rebels vs. Pirates changed... .. Associated Press basketball
poll... .. Bowl results/TV schedule for C-USA teams... ..
MOBILE — Mississippi
quarterback Eli Manning turned down an invitation to play in the Senior
Bowl, but the college all-star game still features six prolific passers.
Manning, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the Maxwell Award winner as the
nation's best all-around player, and Miami of Ohio junior Ben Roethlisberger
are expected to be the top quarterbacks taken.
The roster for the Jan. 24 game does include the alltime or single-season
passing leaders at five schools and the Pac-10 Conference's single-season
record holder, Cody Pickett of Washington.
North Carolina State's Phillip Rivers, the nation's top-rated passer, is
joined on the South squad by Tulane's J.P. Losman and Virginia's Matt Schaub.
The North will be led by Pickett, Michigan's John Navarre and Bowling
Green's Josh Harris.
Pickett passed for a Pac-10 record 4,458 yards last season.
Houston AD fingers Hawaii for donnybrook
HONOLULU — The brawl at the end of last
month's Hawaii Bowl was "no doubt" sparked by Hawaii players, Houston
athletic director Dave Maggard said Thursday.
"There is still a lot of speculation, but
there is no doubt in my mind, based upon what I viewed on the sideline, how
it started," Maggard told The Honolulu Advertiser. "Now, the retaliation
should not have occurred, but I do know how it started.
"I think when you have more than one player
rush out on the field, put an obscene gesture in the face of some of our
players and, then, another player slap one of our players on the back of the
head, that is a very difficult thing to walk away from."
Houston, Hawaii and their respective
conference are continuing to review tapes of the nasty fight, which broke
out on the field just seconds after the Warriors (9-5) sealed a wild 54-48
triple-overtime victory over the Cougars (7-6) on Christmas Day.
For several minutes, players swung helmets,
wrestled with each other and threw punches and kicks before the fight was
broken up by coaches, security personnel and police. No major injuries were
University of Hawaii President Evan Dobelle
said he was "surprised and taken aback" by any comments being made now.
Dobelle said it was his understanding that both schools, in conjunction with
the Western Athletic Conference and Conference USA, would issue a joint
"My comment would be I'm surprised by
anything other than something jointly decided by the institutions, the WAC
and Conference USA," Dobelle said.
Maggard told the newspaper that game
management and security at Aloha Stadium were weak. The free-for-all was the
second one in as many years involving Hawaii and a Conference USA opponent
at the stadium. Players from both teams charged onto the field and had to be
separated by police after scuffling for about five minutes following
Hawaii's 20-19 comeback victory over Cincinnati on Nov. 24, 2002.
"Hawaii has to lose the image of wanting to
engage in a street fight following the game, otherwise it was a wonderful
experience for us and we have no regrets," Maggard said.
Tulane cracks Top Ten in preseason
NEW ORLEANS — Tulane claimed its second
2004 preseason baseball ranking when it was tabbed No. 10 by Baseball
America in its inaugural poll released this week. Last month, the Green
Wave, which went 44-19 and advanced to its sixth consecutive NCAA Regional
appearance in 2003, was ranked 13th by Collegiate Baseball.
Tulane returns a wealth of talent,
including 10 pitchers that accounted for 43 of 44 wins and all 14 saves from
a year ago and six position starters. Seniors Cory Hahn and Joey Charron
highlight the list of returning hurlers, and are joined by sophomores Brian
Bogusevic, J.R. Crowel, Matt Goebel, Brandon Gomes, Tyler Kimmons, Ryan
Martin and Billy Mohl.
Position wise, the Wave returns eight
letterwinners, including six starters. Highlighting the list of position
players is senior catcher Brian Bormaster and sophomore outfielder/pitcher
Tulane will have to replace three of its
top four hitters from 2003 — Michael Aubrey, Jonny Kaplan and Tony
Giarratano — as the trio have all gone on to play professional baseball, but
the team is not without an infusion of new talent to compensate for the
Heading the list of newcomers is a pair of
Baseball America High School All-Americans — first baseman Mark Hamilton and
middle infielder Philip Stringer. Also joining the team in 2004 are three
Division I transfers — Matt Barkett and Greg Dini from Miami (Fla.), and
Jason Pyle from Arkansas. Other first-year players are junior college
all-star Joe Holland of Blinn College and freshmen Grayden Greiner, Daniel
Latham, Rustin Rebowe, Will Rice and Chris Worster.
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