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Shanahan: I'm not a UF candidate

By Times staff writers
Published November 9, 2004

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he has not been contacted about the coaching opening at Florida and does not intend to leave Denver.

"I have four years left on my contract here, and when I signed that contract, I told them I was committed to staying here for the whole thing," said Shanahan in his 10th season as coach of the NFL's Broncos. "My name is not on Florida's list."

Shanahan spoke with Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley when Steve Spurrier resigned in January 2002, and could have had the job if he wanted it. The Gators hired Ron Zook but fired him last month.

Spurrier was considered a top candidate to replace Zook, but when he took himself out of the running last week, there was speculation Foley might ask Shanahan again. Shanahan and Foley are friends dating to when Shanahan was offensive coordinator for the Gators during the early 1980s.

FEELING BETTER: Linebackers Travis Harris and Earl Everett most likely will return to the lineup when the Gators host South Carolina on Saturday night, Zook said.

Harris, a senior who will be playing in his final home game, missed Saturday's game at Vanderbilt with an ankle sprain, and Everett was out with a head injury. Reserve linebacker Todd McCullough (ankle) is questionable.

Sophomore linebacker Channing Crowder, whose foot injury has sidelined him since early in the first quarter Oct.30, also might return.

While Florida's injury situation improved, South Carolina has its problems. Quarterback Dondrial Pinkins will miss Saturday's game with a rotator cuff injury, coach Lou Holtz said. Syvelle Newton, who led an upset of Arkansas on Saturday, likely will start.

HERRING PLEADS: Junior safety Jarvis Herring pleaded no contest Monday to charges stemming from an Oct.14 incident in which police said he urinated in public. Herring must pay $18 in fines and court costs and be on unsupervised probation for six months.

It was Herring's second court appearance this season. In August, he consented to a deferred prosecution agreement on charges of resisting arrest without violence. It stemmed from an altercation at a downtown nightclub in which police said Herring interfered as they attempted to arrest Crowder.

Herring was fined and placed on six months' probation. He was suspended for the Middle Tennessee game Oct.16 for the first incident and missed half of the Mississippi State game Oct.23 for the second.

FSU: ACC's leading rusher returns

TALLAHASSEE - With what he described as "fresh legs," Florida State tailback Leon Washington got a taste of contact during his first full practice since separating his right shoulder Oct.23 against Wake Forest.

"I feel fine. It's time for me to run through the plays," Washington said. "I am a tough player, and the coaches know that also. So I will be ready."

Washington sat out the loss at Maryland on Oct.30 and the home win against Duke on Saturday. But the ACC's leading rusher (98.4 yards per game) is expected to start Thursday at North Carolina State.

GOING LIGHT: Coach Bobby Bowden ended practice 10 minutes early and kept contact light. The Seminoles practiced in pads for the first half then finished in shorts.

"Overall, we got more people back," Bowden said. "But we still got some guys limping out there."

ACC'S BEST: Gary Cismesia was named ACC specialist of the week after going 5-for-5 on field goals. The freshman tied a school record by hitting from 23, 29, 27, 40 and 43 yards. USF: Practices return to normal

TAMPA - The USF coaching staff has preached consistency all season, and now it can finally enjoy a bit - at least with respect to the schedule.

USF hasn't played on consecutive Saturdays since September but will do so during the final four weeks of the season.

"No question (it helps) because you don't change your routine," quarterback coach Rod Smith said. "The worst part is when you have to travel and then when you play on a Wednesday like we did. That makes it rough because it's a complete change of routine. It changes everything. When you play on a Saturday, that's what we consistently do. Hopefully that's a plus for us."

The Bulls are coming off a win over UAB on Wednesday. Hurricane Frances caused the postponement of the Bulls' opener. A bye week in the middle of October and a Friday game at Louisville caused the staff to further alter practice schedules.

MOVING UP: Thanks to his school-record 275 rushing yards in Wednesday's win at Alabama-Birmingham, junior Andre Hall is third nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 179.3 yards. Kansas State's Darren Sproles leads at 190.9 with Southern Cal's Reggie Bush second at 180.2. RETHINKING: Carlton Hill, a coveted quarterback from Jefferson County High in Monticello, has rescinded his oral commitment to USF, according to recruiting site Hill told the site he is strongly leaning toward Miami.

With Hill gone, USF has three nonbinding commitments for 2005: Lake Gibson quarterback Matt Grothe, Armwood defensive back R.J. Anderson and Miami offensive lineman Chris DeArmas.

COACH HOPES: Coach Jim Leavitt said he hopes defensive lineman Matt Groelinger, who recently had surgery on his thumb, will be back before the end of the season. Leavitt said the senior, who was thought to be out for the season, probably won't play this week.

ANOTHER LOOK: After reviewing tapes of the UAB game, Smith said sophomore quarterback Pat Julmiste had one of his better games based on the coaches' grading system. He said the Bulls' success with the running game helped Julmiste's score.

[Last modified November 9, 2004, 00:27:24]


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