Big East also to implement replay
By GREG AUMAN
Published February 18, 2005
USF's future in the Big East this fall will include the use of instant replay.
After a successful experiment in the Big Ten, the conference expects to implement a limited form of replay for its games, one that likely will not allow coaches to challenge disputed calls.
The SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-10, Sun Belt, Conference USA and Mountain West also plan to use replay next season.
"We've done significant research and discussed the issue with all of our head coaches and athletic directors," Big East associate commissioner Nick Carparelli said Thursday. "There seems to be support throughout our conference for the use of instant replay."
The conference won't officially approve the measure until its annual meetings in Ponte Vedra Beach in May, but Carparelli said he knows of no dissenting votes from the eight schools that will play Big East football this fall.
USF coach Jim Leavitt couldn't be reached for comment, but athletic director Doug Woolard said he supports "any system that helps secure correct decisions in a game."
USF recruit suspended
Quarterback Carlton Hill, the star of USF's recruiting class, has been suspended from school after an on-campus incident with a female student Wednesday.
Monticello Jefferson County principal Michael Bryan said Thursday that Hill was sent home from school Wednesday and will remain suspended while the incident is being investigated. No criminal charges have been filed, though the matter is serious enough that Hill, 19, has retained Monticello attorney David Collins. Collins could not be reached for comment, and neither Hill nor Jefferson County coach Jeff Schaum returned messages.
Today and Monday are teacher workdays in Jefferson County, and Harry Jacobs, the school's assistant principal, said he did not expect Hill to be back in class Tuesday. Jacobs said school administrators are scheduled to meet today to discuss Hill's status. He would not rule out the possibility of expulsion but said he believes Hill will be able to graduate.
It's unknown whether the suspension will affect his future with USF.ALABAMA: Quarterback Brodie Croyle said he isn't sure how much he will be able to do when spring practice begins Tuesday but anticipates taking part in seven-on-seven and other team drills. Croyle led the Tide to a 2-0 start but tore a ligament in his right knee Sept.18 and missed the rest of the season.
The status of backup Marc Guillon (lower back) has not been determined. And with Spencer Pennington, who started the final seven games, focusing on baseball, freshman John Parker Wilson likely will get the majority of snaps.AUBURN: Coach Tommy Tuberville signed a new seven-year contract paying $2-million this year and $200,000 more each successive year. In six seasons at Auburn, he is 51-24, including 13-0 last season. The contract has a base salary of $210,000 with the rest coming from endorsement rights and radio and TV deals. Tuberville's previous package was worth $1.5-million.
Auburn's buyout and Tuberville's penalty for leaving is $7-million for the first two years then gradually decreases to $3-million.KENTUCKY: Linebacker Dustin Williams left the team but plans to stay in school. As a sophomore, he started 11 of 12 games and made 122 tackles. But as a junior last season, he tore a hamstring, played briefly in two games then broke his arm against Florida, which led to season-ending surgery.
Information from other news organizations was used in the report.