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News Nuggets, 07.24.03

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Tranghese disputes Swofford apology claim


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Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said that before his conference begins courting other teams, he will give his counterpart a courtesy call — something he said the Atlantic Coast Conference never did when it decided to increase its membership at the expense of the Big East.

The manner in which the raid was carried out led Tranghese to strongly criticize the ACC and its commissioner, John Swofford.

Swofford said Tuesday that Tranghese had apologized. But on Wednesday, Tranghese said the only thing he was sorry for was talking to a reporter about his views on expansion before telling Swofford.

"I have nothing to apologize for," Tranghese said at the Big East's annual football media day. "My conference has nothing to apologize for."

Banowsky articulates league's posture

In an apparent response to an announced Sept. 8 meeting between the newly formed Presidential Coalition for Athletic Reform and leaders of the Bowl Championship Series, Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky has issued the following statement:

“Conference USA is pleased that the Presidents and Chancellors representing all of Division I-A athletics have agreed to participate in a dialogue concerning the future of postseason football. We are also encouraged that Dr. Myles Brand, President of the NCAA, will be a participant.”

“It is our hope that all participants will approach the discussions in a cooperative way and that meaningful outcomes can be achieved.”

The Presidential Coalition is an initiative of Tulane President Scott Cowen, who has organized presidents of non-BCS schools to seek structural and economic changes in Division I-A football, which they contend is arbitrarily skewed to the benefit of BCS member institutions.

Billikens maintain monopoly on brains

ST. LOUIS — Conference USA has named Saint Louis University as the recipient of the league's Institutional Excellence Award for the eighth-consecutive year. The award is given to the member school with the highest cumulative grade point average during the academic year for all student-athletes in conference-sponsored sports. Members of the Billikens sports teams compiled a 3.24 GPA during the 2002-03 academic year. SLU has won the award every year of C-USA's existence.

Books fell promising USF basketball player

TAMPA — Yusuf Baker was dismissed from the University of South Florida basketball program earlier this week. According to a statement from his coach, the rising sophomore apparently didn't hit the books as energetically as he hit the hardwood.

"Yusuf’s approach toward academics fell short of the standards and expectations of both our basketball program and of USF," said USF head basketball coach Robert McCullum. "His actions were not indicative of a desire to be a part of our basketball program. We appreciate his contributions to the USF basketball program over the past year and wish him well in his future endeavors."

Baker, a promising forward from Orlando’s Evans High School, started the final 17 games of his freshman season. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds overall, led the team in scoring twice, in rebounding six times and had three double-doubles.

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