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Nebraska seeks revenge at K-State

By wire services
Published October 20, 2004

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Cornhuskers haven't forgotten the 38-9 whipping Kansas State put on them last year in Lincoln.

The Huskers believed K-State coach Bill Snyder ran up the score. Bo Pelini, then the Nebraska defensive coordinator, confronted Snyder on the field afterward and fired an obscenity at him. Pelini's now at Oklahoma.

But the Huskers have vivid memories of last season and definite plans to exact a bit of revenge Saturday when they visit the Wildcats.

"They are a team we want to beat and beat badly," defensive tackle Le Kevin Smith told the Omaha World-Herald. "We plan to go down there and just lay into them with a big stick."

ACC NAMES DIVISIONS: The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced the names of its two football divisions and issued a new seal to better represent recent additions to the league. The ACC will start using the Atlantic and the Coastal divisions next season. There are no divisions for basketball.

Members of the Atlantic division are Maryland, Clemson, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Boston College and Florida State.

The Coastal division consists of Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Virginia Tech and Miami.

EPHEDRA SETTLEMENT: The family of late Northwestern player Rashidi Wheeler has agreed to a financial settlement with three makers and distributors of the ephedra-containing products the player ingested in the hours before he collapsed and died on the practice field in 2001.

Court documents show that Wheeler's family agreed to accept $75,000 - equal payments of $25,000 from GNC, Phoenix Laboratories and Nutraquest, Inc., companies that made and sold Xenadrine RFA-1 tablets and drinks called Ultimate Punch and Ultimate Orange, all of which contained ephedra. The settlement is subject to a federal judge's discretion. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Nov. 1 in U.S. bankruptcy court in Trenton, N.J.

GEORGIA: The Bulldogs are the most penalized team in the Southeastern Conference, averaging 63.5 yards per game. Things have really gotten out of hand the last two games - 12 penalties for 82 yards in a loss to Tennessee, 13 flags for 120 yards in a 33-3 victory over Vanderbilt.

So coach Mark Richt has mandated that anyone who gets penalized will do plenty of extra running. The players who drew a penalty last weekend got to do five "gassers."

Each gasser involves running from one side of the 53-yard-wide field and back again twice. Totaling it up, five gassers means a player does a total of 1,060 yards of extra running.

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