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Caution trumps football at Citadel

By wire services
Published September 1, 2004

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Citadel postponed its home opener against nearby Charleston Southern in case Hurricane Frances is off the coast of South Carolina this weekend.

On Tuesday, Citadel officials canceled all of the weekend's home athletic competitions, including two women's soccer matches in the Costco Classic.

Hurricane Frances was a Class 4 storm Tuesday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. The storm was located about 145 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Projections called for the storm to make landfall somewhere from Central Florida to North Carolina during the weekend.

The school said the decision was made early because of the potential need to evacuate students.

"Given the circumstances, it was decided that this is the appropriate decision to make to ensure the safety and security of everyone at The Citadel," said Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds, president of the college.

The schools will try to reschedule, Citadel athletic director Les Robinson said.

ALABAMA: Freshman linebacker Earnest Lee Nance was arrested for disorderly conduct stemming from a bar incident, police said. Nance went to the Sheffield (Ala.) Police Department with his attorneys to turn himself in, according to a statement released by Police Chief Doug Aycock. Nance was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and released on bond. A court date was set for Sept. 22.

Aycock said Nance was involved in an incident at the Fiesta Club in Sheffield early Sunday. In a story printed before Nance's arrest, Aycock told the Tuscaloosa News there had been a fight at the bar, a suspect displayed a firearm in his waistband and told an officer he was an Alabama player. When the officer grabbed his arm, the gun fell to the ground and the suspect fled, Aycock said. Nance, who redshirted in 2003, rushed for 827 yards and nine touchdowns and had 84 tackles before sustaining a season-ending knee injury as a senior at Courtland High.

NEBRASKA: Center Richie Incognito will not start Saturday's opener against Western Illinois for disciplinary reasons. Coach Bill Callahan did not give an explantion for holding out Incognito. Kurt Mann, a sophomore, will make his first career start.

Incognito, a junior, had legal problems in the offseason. He was charged with three counts of assault in February stemming from a fight at a party. One charge was dismissed, he was found innocent of the second and he paid a $500 fine upon his conviction for the remaining charge.

NOTRE DAME: The Fighting Irish have decided to play more games at home. Notre Dame will begin playing seven home games a year in 2009 instead of the current six. The change likely will mean an easier schedule as the Irish search for three schools a season that won't be looking for return games.

The athletic department decided after a yearlong review the change would be best for the school competitively and financially, said John Heisler, the associate athletic director who oversees scheduling.

Heisler said the change won't affect traditional rivalries. The school likely will keep the core eight teams now on its schedule: USC, Michigan, Michigan State, Navy, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Boston College.

The change will come in the other three games. Heisler conceded it will be difficult to draw high-quality opponents such as Florida State, Tennessee and Nebraska - all opponents on recent schedules - without giving return games. But he said the Irish could skip a year with one of its core opponents to schedule such games. That would leave at least two games a year against teams not seeking return games.

BROADCAST: Sirius Satellite Radio, the second-largest U.S. satellite-radio broadcaster, and College Sports Television, a 24-hour network devoted to college sports, announced agreements to air sporting events of 23 universities. Sirius College Sports Radio will broadcast play-by-play programming from games in conferences including the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East and Pac-10 with schools such as Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, LSU and Florida.

Sirius, which also has contracts with Notre Dame, USC and UCLA, will air football and basketball broadcasts plus other sports, the company said. College Sports Television, which began airing last year on cable and satellite TV, will provide college sports programming to Sirius. Neither company would disclose financial terms of the agreements.

[Last modified September 1, 2004, 01:10:40]


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