BOULDER, Colo. - For nearly four months, Colorado football coach Gary Barnett wondered if he'd be allowed back amid reports of sexual assaults, drug and alcohol use and questionable recruiting practices.
"There were moments that my faith wandered a little bit as to whether or not what I felt was the right thing to do would be done. Absolutely," Barnett said. "I don't think anyone expected me to make it through this."
Barnett was reinstated by university president Betsy Hoffman this week after a nearly four-month suspension. Athletic director Dick Tharp also retained his job.
Barnett spoke publicly for the first time since his reinstatement. He said he spent much of his time off reviewing what went wrong, asking others for their perspective on how he handled things.
He said the only thing that got him through the tough times was the support he received from the community, other coaches, current and former players and the players' parents.
"To have the parents, to a person, stand up and go to bat for you, and former players, that's as rewarding as it gets," Barnett said. "It's like going to your own funeral, but this time you get to thank them for coming. My family and I could not have gotten through this without them."
KENTUCKY: Offensive coordinator Ron Hudson was reprimanded and will not receive a scheduled pay raise after a university investigation concluded he had been "careless" with giving away four complimentary tickets last season.
GEORGIA TECH 13, FSU 5: Clifton Remole drove in four with two doubles and the Yellow Jackets advanced to the championship round of the ACC tournament in Salem, Va. The Seminoles (39-20), who beat Duke 6-3 Thursday night, have to win three more times to be the champions under a new format that favors the last survivor in the winners' bracket.
GATORS STAY ALIVE: Connor Falkenbach pitched a three-hitter and C.J. Smith hit a two-run homer to lift Florida to a 7-0 victory over Georgia, bouncing the Bulldogs from the SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala. The sixth-seeded Gators (40-19) must beat Vanderbilt twice today to advance to the championship game but have plenty of fresh pitchers thanks to back-to-back complete games. UF centerfielder Jeff Corsaletti left after injuring his left shoulder on a diving catch. He is day to day.
ATLANTIC SUN: Three UCF errors in the eighth led to three unearned runs for Florida Atlantic (44-15) and the Owls won 7-4 in DeLand. The Golden Knights (44-15) face Troy State at 7 tonight. Troy eliminated Stetson 5-3.
GAINESVILLE - For the first time since her freshman year, Florida's Candice Scott must look at a hammer throw result sheet and not see her name atop the list.
Scott, the collegiate record holder in the event, finished second at the NCAA East Region competition at the Percy Beard Track and Field Complex. She qualified for a chance to defend her NCAA title June 9-12.
"It was not a great performance on my behalf," Scott said. "But, the goal for the meet was to get to nationals."
Scott qualified with 66.8 meters and teammate Jukina Dickerson had 65.55, finishing fourth. The top five qualified for the championships.
"At our program, we've got targets on our backs," said associate coach Larry Judge, who coaches the Gators women's throws team. "If there is any chance to beat the Gators right now, they're going to take it."
South Florida's Dayana Octavien failed to qualify for the championships. Her best throw was 60.61 meters and she finished seventh.
In preliminary action throughout the day, Florida had 16 athletes qualify for today's finals in running events, its men's 4x100-meter relay team and four more athletes qualify the NCAA Championships in field events.
Florida State's Vicky Gill and Joep Tigchelaar advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 5,000-meter run, and the Seminoles will send nine to run today for a spot in the championships along with its men's and women's 4x100-meter relay team. The Seminoles' only field qualifier for the championships was Lacy Janson in the pole vault.
South Florida high jumper Jimmy Baxter failed to make it past the preliminary round when he fell on his final chance. The Bulls' Amber Delpino qualified for today's 400-meter hurdles final and long jumper Jaydian Miller qualified for the NCAA Championships at 7.46 meters.
TAMPA: The Spartans got their first track All-American as Allison Macsus placed seventh at the NCAA II championship in Walnut, Calif.
Softball World Series
UCLA 2, LSU 0: Keira Goerl pitched a four-hitter in Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, FSU, which couldn't protect a 2-0 first-inning lead Thursday and lost 4-2 to California, faces Washington in an elimination game at 4 p.m. today.
MEN: Florida's Hamid Mirzadeh defeated Johan Brunstrom of SMU 6-4, 6-3 in the NCAA tournament in Tulsa, Okla. Mirzadeh also combined with Chris Brandi for a victory in doubles.
WOMEN: Defending champion Amber Liu of Stanford beat Clemson's Julie Coin 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) to reach the final of the NCAA tournament in Athens, Ga. Jelena Pandzic of Fresno State eliminated Megan Bradley of Miami 6-4, 6-1.
In other sports
HOCKEY: Denver goaltender Adam Berkhoel won USA Hockey's Player of the Year award. He had seven shutouts, a 2.45 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
SOCCER: The USF men signed defender Mitchum Ford of Durban, South Africa, the eighth signee for 2004.
YALE CENTER DIES: Basketball player Joshua Hill was killed Thursday in a car accident in New Jersey, school officials said. He was 22.
- Times correspondent Brian Shaffer contributed to this report.