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UF cites war in canceling women's games overseas

Published April 2, 2003

GAINESVILLE - Florida athletic officials have canceled overseas trips for the women's basketball and volleyball teams because of the war in Iraq.

The volleyball team was to play several games in Germany and Belgium in May. The basketball team was scheduled to play games in France and Switzerland in August. The decision to cancel was made among coaches, athletic director Jeremy Foley and associate athletics director for women's sports Ann Marie Rogers.

"With the nation on high alert and some airlines canceling overseas flights, we just made the decision to cancel," Rogers said. "Like we said to each other, if it was just us going we would probably go, but because of having other people's young women on these flights, we felt that we shouldn't take them considering everything that's going on."

BULLS PLAYER QUITS: South Florida junior defensive tackle Howard Campbell has left the team for personal reasons. Campbell, who will remain in school, recently had a cousin die of a heart condition. "He's just going to finish his degree up," coach Jim Leavitt said of Campbell, who was expected to challenge for a starting position. "He is a wonderful young man who really helped us win a lot of football games. We were blessed by him being a part of the program."

Leavitt also said walkon fullback Josh Miller has left the team to concentrate on school, and redshirt freshman quarterback Evan Kraky will have ankle surgery and is not expected back until fall.

BLACKWELL, BROOKS CITED: Former South Florida quarterback Marquel Blackwell was honored as the top senior football player in the state by the Miami Touchdown Club. Blackwell, a Dixie Hollins graduate who led the Bulls to a 9-2 record last season while throwing for 2,590 yards and 18 touchdowns with just three interceptions, is the second USF player to win in the award's four years. Defensive back Anthony Henry won two years ago in the vote by state coaches. Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks was named the state's pro football player of the year for the second time in four years.

GATOR INJURIES: Senior tailback Ran Carthon was on the sideline with crutches and a protective boot after injuring a foot Saturday. He is expected to sit out drills for a week. Cornerback Deshawn Carter continued to be held out with a breathing problem.

McPHERSON PLEAS: The St. Petersburg attorney representing former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson entered written pleas of not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of gambling and to a felony grand theft charge in connection with a series of bounced checks. Had attorney Grady Irvin not done so, McPherson faced arraignments Monday and again Friday.

- Information from staff writers Pete Young and Brian Landman and Times wires was used in this report.

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