News Nuggets, 01.10.04
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Las Vegas Bowl ponders overthrow of Liberty Bowl
Rivers among pass-happy QB's in Senior Bowl... .. Houston AD
fingers Hawaii for donnybrook... .. Tulane cracks Top Ten in
preseason baseball poll... ..
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... ..
LAS VEGAS — Next year's Las
Vegas Bowl could be vastly different under plans being considered by game
The bowl probably won't occur again on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. There
could be a new title sponsor, and talks could bring the Mountain West
Conference champion to the game by 2005.
Tina Kunzer-Murphy, the bowl's executive director, says officials are
meeting with a potential sponsor over the next few days. The Las Vegas Bowl
had no sponsor for the 2003 game, relying mostly on financial support from
the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Kunzer-Murphy also says she would like the game played December 23rd instead
of Christmas Eve like last year.
Bowl officials would also like the Mountain West Conference champion to play
in the game, which would boost bowl recognition.
To do that, the bowl would have to increase its current payout of $800,000
per team. The Liberty Bowl, which currently pairs the Mountain West's top
team against the champion of Conference USA, guarantees $1.3 million per
Clemson duo plans to play for pay
CLEMSON — Clemson receiver Derrick Hamilton
and defensive tackle Donnell Washington will give up their last year of
eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Both were named second-team all-Atlantic
Coast Conference this past season.
``We appreciate the contributions both Donnell and Derrick made to our
program the last four years and we wish them well in their pursuit of a
professional career,'' coach Tommy Bowden said Friday. ``Their departure
will give some incoming freshmen an opportunity to help our team next
Hamilton ended the season with 62 receptions for 1,026 yards and 10
touchdowns. He finished his career as the school's all-time leader in
receptions, kickoff return yards and all-purpose running.
``I want to thank all of my coaches, teammates and the Clemson fans for all
their support the last four years,'' Hamilton said. ``Clemson is a great
place, I will miss it.''
Bulldogs' Croon picks up a 'Beamer'
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State coach
Sylvester Croom added the son of Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer to his
staff on Friday.
Shane Beamer has been a graduate assistant
at Tennessee the last three seasons, coaching kickers, punters and long
snappers. The 26-year-old was a grad assistant at Georgia Tech before moving
He played wide receiver and long snapped
for his father at Virginia Tech. He graduated in 1999. Frank Beamer has been
the coach at Virginia Tech for 17 seasons.
Amputee expected to see action in Shrine game
SAN FRANCISCO — Neil Parry got the biggest
thrill of his final week of college football several days before the
East-West Shrine game was played.
Parry, who returned to San Jose State's team this season three years after
part of his leg was amputated, was among 90 players who visited the Shriners
Hospital in Sacramento as part of the festivities leading up to the annual
Though Parry was a last-minute addition to a roster stacked with future NFL
players, he was the star of the hospital. The senior signed autographs and
chatted with countless youngsters, some who made a special trip to
Sacramento just to meet him.
"Hopefully if there are some kids who are going through a tough time, I can
be a support to them, just like so many people were to me," Parry said.
Parry will play on special teams for the West at SBC Park on Saturday. He is
the first amputee to participate in the game — a living, tackling example of
the ideals espoused by the game's organizers.
"All the guys here have been nothing but great to me," he said. "These guys
are all trying out for scouts, for the NFL, and I know where I stand. I'm
not going to the NFL, but when they asked me to play, I couldn't turn it
While Parry enjoys his last football fling before returning to school, most
of the seniors are hoping to boost their draft stock in the 79th annual
Many are well-known stars, such as Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel and
Miami running back Jarrett Payton. Others, such as Boise State quarterback
Ryan Dinwiddie, are trying to make their mark in the first chapter of the
three-month series of combines and tryouts leading up to the draft.
Rain has delayed workouts for both teams during the week, though the
forecast is clear for Saturday. The East team completed a walk-through on
the field Friday, but the West was forced indoors while a tarpaulin
protected the turf.
"We're not exactly over-practiced, but there's enough limits on the game
that there shouldn't be any surprises," said UNLV coach John Robinson, who
will lead the West team in the no-blitzing game.
Robinson will use Parry on coverage for punts and kickoffs, and he's mindful
of the impact Parry's presence will have beyond the game.
"He's a good guy, and it's important to me that he gets in the game and does
a few things," Robinson said. "I think it's a great link between the athlete
and the children in the hospital. Just the psychology of being able to
overcome anything, that's a great thing to show."
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