News Nuggets, 01.11.04
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Punishment looming for Hawaii Bowl
Vegas Bowl ponders overthrow of Liberty Bowl arrangement...
.. Clemson duo plans to play for pay... .. Bulldogs' Croon
picks up a 'Beamer'... .. Amputee expected to see action in
Shrine game... ..
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... ..
HONOLULU — Suspensions will be
handed out to Hawaii and Houston players for a free-for-all that broke out
after the Hawaii Bowl, Hawaii athletic director Herman Frazier said Friday.
Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Karl Benson and Conference USA
Commissioner Britton Banowski have acknowledged that suspensions for both
teams are in order, Frazier said.
Benson and Banowski, who are at the NCAA convention in Tennessee, were to
meet Saturday to finalize an agreement on the players involved in the fight,
"Hopefully, we can come to an agreement soon," Frazier said. "It looks like
this will take until the middle of next week to complete."
The donnybrook at Aloha Stadium erupted just seconds after Hawaii beat
Houston 54-48 in triple-overtime to win the Christmas Day game.
Houston athletic director Dave Maggard has said he has
no doubts that the brawl was started by Hawaii
"Now, the retaliation should not have occurred, but I do know how it
started," he said.
Saban assistant takes over UCF defense
BATON ROUGE — Lance Thompson, an assistant
coach with co-national champion LSU for the past two seasons, has been hired
as defensive coordinator at Central Florida.
Thompson was tight ends coach in 2003 and defensive line coach in 2002 for
"Lance really wanted to be a defensive coordinator and I'm happy that he's
getting this opportunity," said LSU coach Nick Saban.
Prior to his stint with the Tigers, Thompson served as an assistant coach
under new Central Florida coach George O'Leary at Georgia Tech for four
Hundreds bitten by bogus Sugar Bowl tickets
NEW ORLEANS — About 700 counterfeit tickets
to the 2004 Nokia Sugar Bowl — a record number of fake tickets to a
Superdome event — were confiscated by authorities before the game, an
LSU won the game, which paired the Tigers against Oklahoma for the Bowl
Championship Series' so-called national title.
Superdome General manager Doug Thornton said ticket holders with bogus
tickets were turned away, some in tears.
"It's the most (bogus tickets) I've ever seen here for any event. It topped
the Super Bowl," he said.
The Dome has hosted seven Super Bowls, including the 2002 game.
Thornton said one man spent $4,200 for four Sugar Bowl tickets that turned
out to be bogus. The man tearfully begged Superdome officials to let him and
his companions into the game, he said, but there were simply no empty seats.
"We had nowhere to put them," Thornton said.
In the past, Thornton said, the Dome would keep "trouble seats" that could
be sold to fans whose tickets were refused.
"In this particular case, every legitimate ticket was sold," he said.
Thornton said there is nothing the Superdome can do for fans whose tickets
were deemed bogus.
"Most of them were just victims," he said. "We feel badly for those people."
The 2004 Sugar Bowl had a record crowd of 79,342 that saw LSU beat Oklahoma
21-14 for the national championship.
Thornton and Superdome public relations director Bill Curl said Sugar Bowl
ticket holders, particularly those who obtained tickets from anywhere other
than official sources, were forewarned the day before the game via a
Superdome press release that was publicized by media outlets.
The advice given to ticket holders was "buyer beware," Curl said.
"A lot of these people bought tickets on the street the day of the game,"
Thornton said, adding that many of the bogus tickets were purchased just
hours before kickoff.
Sugar Bowl tickets had bar codes that eliminated nearly every possibility of
bogus tickets passing through the gates, Curl said. An electronic bar code
scanner simply spit out the bogus tickets, he said.
"It is virtually foolproof," Thornton said, adding that most of the bogus
tickets were "pretty poor."
Redick one shot away from new record
Duke sophomore J.J. Redick can set a new
Atlantic Coast Conference record by converting his first free throw attempt
in the Blue Devils' game against Virginia today.
He goes into the game against the Cavaliers
having made 48 consecutive free throws, tying the Atlantic Coast Conference
mark set by Virginia's own Jeff Lamp in 1979-80.
Redick needs to make 37 more without a miss to match the NCAA Division I
record set last season by Butler's Darnell Archey.
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