St. Petersburg Times
Online: Tech Times
 tampabay.com
Print storySubscribe to the Times

College football

Two yearly doses of FSU-UM feasible

By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published September 28, 2003

DURHAM, N.C. - ACC athletic directors and faculty representatives are expected to leave their midweek meetings in Charlottesville, Va., with a plan for divisional alignments for the next two years.

Though a geographical split might make the most sense to control travel costs of teams and fans, don't count on it. If competitive motives rule the discussions on Tuesday and Wednesday, look for Florida State and Miami to be separated.

"It would be wiser financially, I would think," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said of a north-south divide, "but I think the best thing is try to get balance in them (the divisions)."

FSU and Miami will play each other annually regardless, and Bowden realizes that if the two are in the same division, he would only have to play his archrival once. In opposite divisions, it is possible the teams could meet a second time in a title game.

"At this point, how many years have I got left anyway?" he said with a laugh. "It really doesn't bother me."

ACC officials could be forced to revamp the alignment if or when a 12th school, such as Boston College, is added.

DEVILISH CHALLENGE: Duke coach Carl Franks already has seen the benefits of a "phenomenal" $22-million, 70,000-square foot, football facility. But the former Florida assistant insists it is only a start, not an end.

"That commitment has got to continue now that Miami and Virginia Tech are in the league," he said. "If we say, "Okay. We've done enough, we're just going to wait and see what happens,' we're heading down the wrong road; the road that Duke football went in the past and not being able to maintain any consistency in winning and that's what we're working toward. If we don't continue to look to see what are the things we can do to improve our football program, we'll always be trying to catch up with everybody else."

A FIRST: FSU sophomore guard Eric Broe made his first start in place of Bobby Meeks, who was hospitalized with pneumonia much of the week. That forced a postponement of surgery to remove his tonsils on Wednesday, which Meeks said would help a breathing problem. Meanwhile, sophomore defensive end Kamerion Wimbley made his first start.

HALFWAY HOME: The Seminoles have played four of their eight league opponents. Bowden couldn't recall when his team had played so many so early, but FSU has done it four other times (1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996).

[Last modified September 28, 2003, 02:04:08]


Baseball

  • AL: Tigers can only tie Mets
  • Astros left to ponder what went wrong
  • Marlins' Lowell expecting to play
  • NL: Thome still giving fans good show
  • Wrigley has a winner
  • No sure things for major awards

  • Boxing
  • Fight Night

  • College football
  • USF Game balls
  • Kentucky assists Florida's big rally
  • Ugly win for a start
  • Warmup act falls flat for Seminoles
  • ACC: Full participation required
  • Carolina native puts on a show for home fans
  • FSU By the numbers
  • FSU Game balls
  • Two yearly doses of FSU-UM feasible
  • Gator 'just catches' it to set up winning TD
  • Impassive to impassioned
  • UF By the numbers
  • UF Game balls
  • Razorbacks rally for OT win
  • Ducks are done in by mistakes
  • Beleaguered Army program and fans can't catch a break
  • USF better at the home of defense
  • USF By the numbers

  • Conferences
  • ACC: Cavs win it with two late field goals
  • Big East: Hokies diversify scoring in rout
  • Nation: Air Force earns rare win at BYU
  • State: Turnovers hurt UCF in defeat
  • Big Ten: Opening burst lifts Spartans to upset
  • Big XII: Local grad, versatile QB propel Kansas past Missouri
  • SEC: Volunteers pushed to brink in OT win
  • C-USA: Louisville hangs on without QB
  • Pac-10: California shocks Trojans in three overtimes

  • Cycling
  • No road too long for aspiring rider

  • Golf
  • Armor matches 54-hole record

  • In brief
  • Mineshaft dominant again

  • Motorsports
  • Earnhardt at ease at Talladega
  • Migraine brings down Stewart
  • Raikkonen gets 2nd career pole

  • NFL
  • NFL predictions
  • Stewart feels chill in Windy City
  • Clarett's case backed, attacked in pro ranks

  • NHL
  • Wallin lifts Minnesota to victory in overtime

  • Opinion
  • Rant, Rave

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report
  • Fall is a good time to get out

  • Preps
  • Cobras avenge preseason loss
  • Lancers' first TD pass the difference
  • Runner draws on emotion

  • Soccer
  • Germans finish round unbeaten

  • Volleyball
  • Caffeine-infused volleyball
  • Letters: Excuse us, but the Yankees are better than the Rays
  • Rays
  • Bright future
  • Thrilling win keeps 100 losses at bay
  • Fan gives Rays a helping hand
  • Huff the easy MVP pick
  • Rays Tales
  • Bucs
  • Beyond Beyonce, a heart
  • What's on the pregame shows
  • Writer's block? Not for Gruden
  • Letters: Bucs earn respect with tough play
  • Lightning
  • Other state cities may host preseason games
  • Preseason: Too long or just right?
  •  


    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111