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Clemson heads to Tangerine; Liberty, GMAC set

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published December 2, 2002

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson accepted a bid Sunday to play in the Tangerine Bowl, and Mountain West Conference champion Colorado State will play TCU in the Liberty Bowl.

Also, Louisville and Marshall accepted bids to play in the GMAC Bowl at Mobile, Ala., on Dec. 18.

Clemson will play a Big 12 opponent at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando on Dec. 23. Bowl officials hope to name the opponent Tuesday.

After a 3-3 start, Clemson won three of its final four and rallied to beat archrival South Carolina 28-21 on Nov. 23.

Those factors and the school's reputation for traveling well to Florida bowls were key factors in the selection, Florida Citrus Sports executive director Tom Mickle said.

No. 24 Colorado State won its third Mountain West title and will make its third trip to the Liberty Bowl. This will be the first appearance for Texas Christian, which won its first Conference USA championship.

The game will feature two of the country's top running backs, the Rams' Cecil Sapp and Horned Frogs freshman Lonta Hobbs.

Sapp set the Rams' single-season rushing record with 1,495 yards. Hobbs set TCU freshman rushing records with 952 yards and 10 TDs.

The GMAC Bowl will feature quarterbacks considered top Heisman Trophy candidates in Louisville's Dave Ragone and Marshall's Byron Leftwich.

AP POLL: Miami is a unanimous No. 1 again, and Southern Cal moved into the Top 5 at No. 5 for the first time in more than seven years.

West Virginia made the biggest jump, to No. 15 from No. 24. Florida State advanced seven spots to No. 16 after its 31-14 win over Florida.

Florida, Colorado State and Pittsburgh each fell eight places to Nos. 23-25.

Arkansas, 21-20 winners over LSU, moved into the Top 25 at No. 22. LSU dropped out.

NO CHARGE IN BRAWL: TCU defensive lineman John Turntine declined to press charges against a Memphis reserve quarterback over a brawl at the end of TCU's 27-20 win Saturday.

"They wanted me to press charges, but I don't want to be the coward," Turntine told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for its Sunday editions. "I'm playing on Dec. 31 and he's not. I'm a champion and he's not."

TCU patrol officer John Carter told the Associated Press on Sunday that a report was made involving 18-year-old freshman Maurice Avery of Atlanta, but no charges were filed.

Officials said Avery struck Turntine on the back of the head with his helmet. After the game, Turntine said he felt dazed.

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