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Former allies meet for World Series title

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Published June 26, 2004

OMAHA, Neb. - Two good friends face each other for the College World Series title.

Texas coach Augie Garrido goes against his former top assistant, Cal State Fullerton coach George Horton. Both say it will be difficult, but they will leave their personal feelings outside the stadium and try to win the best-of-three series.

"It's kind of an eerie feeling to be competing with my team with so much at stake," Horton said Friday. "Still, you're competing against somebody who is like your brother or your father or best friend."

Horton coached under Garrido at Fullerton from 1991 to '96. They made three trips to the World Series, winning in '95.

Garrido, the all-time winningest coach in Division I history and the coach for all three of Fullerton's national titles, moved to Texas eight years ago and was replaced by Horton.

"The relationship I have with George and his family is very important to me," Garrido said. "And I get emotional talking about it."

The players, however, need to be the focus, Garrido said.

"This is what I was afraid of when y'all won," he said of the Titans. "This is about the wrong people. George and I are a product of our players."

Texas, off since Wednesday's 7-6 victory over Georgia, starts star pitcher J.P. Howell. Fullerton, which beat South Carolina on Thursday, starts Ricky Romero. Its ace, Jason Windsor, pitched three innings Thursday and is scheduled to start Sunday, but his status is in doubt because of a sore arm.

Missouri pays assistants to avoid a lawsuit

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri paid more than $136,000 to two assistant basketball coaches accused of breaking NCAA rules in exchange for their resignations and pledges never to sue.

Tony Harvey accepted $73,022.73, Lane Odom $63,000. In each case the money equaled their salary for the rest of this year. Missouri said it had no legal obligation to pay.

Harvey was accused of lying on his expense account to conceal impermissible meals for high school and AAU coaches and giving former guard Ricky Clemons $250. Odom was accused of various recruiting violations.

Stu Brown, an attorney for both, said, "The payments are appropriate because it is practically impossible to find comparable coaching employment until at least May of 2005."

LaSALLE: Police are investigating a rape accusation against two unidentified players and an allegation of an attack by another unidentified player in 2003. A 19-year-old woman told police she was assaulted in a dorm Thursday, police said. The university did not say when it learned of the other alleged attack, which wasn't reported to police.

OHIO ST.: Kathleen Salyers, at the center of the lawsuit that led to the firing of coach Jim O'Brien, said assistant Paul Biancardi directed her to ask professors to change a former player's grades.

Biancardi told Salyers that Boban Savovic would go to prison and be beaten if he was sent back to war-torn Yugoslavia, she said. Two Fs were changed to Ds.

Jim Zeszutek, the attorney for O'Brien and Biancardi, disputed Salyers' allegations.

Salyers alleges her former employers promised to pay her $1,000 a month plus expenses to let Savovic live in her home.


RECRUITING SCANDAL: Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer told a federal judge he can't find subpoenaed documents. Memphis businessman Logan Young's attorneys seek documents and tape recordings they believe were made of some of Fulmer's conversations with freelance recruiting analyst Tom Culpepper.

Young has pleaded innocent to charges he paid $150,000 to lure defensive lineman Albert Means to Alabama. Fulmer was a confidential witnesses for the NCAA case. Alabama was placed on five years' probation.

UMASS: The school suspended coach Don Brown for three games and issued an apology to Northeastern for hiring him away. As part of a settlement ending a lawsuit, Northeastern also will receive $150,000 for the cost of recruiting a replacement.
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