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Spurrier era opens

By wire services
Published March 20, 2005


COLUMBIA, S.C. - Wearing a white Gamecocks visor, Steve Spurrier returned to college football Saturday as South Carolina opened spring practice.

He said he was happy to finally begin the program's revival.

"Guys were excited. Threw the ball around a little bit. Threw some interceptions but threw a few completions here and there," Spurrier said. "It was an okay start."

About 2,500 showed up at Williams-Brice Stadium. They clapped when Spurrier ran into the stadium and began working with the quarterbacks. And they cheered each time the Gamecocks hit a long pass.

"It hadn't been that long," Spurrier said. "Been calling the same plays you've called for 20 years."

AUBURN: Brandon Cox emerged as the favorite to replace the graduated Jason Campbell at quarterback during the spring game. He was 13-of-22 for 226 yards. Calvin Booker was 4-of-12 for 57 yards.

ALABAMA: Quarterbacks John Parker Wilson and Marc Guillon were solid in the spring game. Wilson was 14-of-31 for 168 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Guillon was 13-of-26 for 157 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Brodie Croyle, the likely starter, is recovering from knee surgery and did not play.

Oklahoma State wins another wrestling title

ST. LOUIS - Heavyweight Steve Mocco's overtime takedown capped an undefeated season and a perfect finals for Oklahoma State, which won its third consecutive NCAA wrestling title.

It also got titles from Zack Esposito (149 pounds), Johny Hendricks (165), Chris Pendleton (174) and Jake Rosholt (197). Oklahoma State, which also won three in a row from 1954-56, finished with 153 points, 50 more than Michigan.

Georgia wins swim title

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Georgia, second the past three times, won the NCAA women's swim and diving title. It scored 609.5 points, the meet's highest total in 12 years.

Three-time defending champ Auburn was second with 492 followed by Arizona (440) and Florida (355), which finished in the top five for the third consecutive time. Leah Retrum and Maureen Farrell were All-Americans in the 200-meter backstroke by finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

FSU's Courtney McClow earned honorable mention by finishing 13th in the platform. She earned all 11 points for FSU, which finished 31st.

BASEBALL: Visiting USF rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat Charlotte 6-5. The Bulls tied it in the eighth on third baseman Kris Rochelle's error and took the lead on Ty Taborelli's double. ... Host FSU routed Virginia Tech 12-2. Up 6-2 in the sixth, Ruairi O'Connor's bases-loaded double scored two. Tampa Catholic grad Charles Cleveland followed with a two-run single. ... Stephen Head scored three runs and drove in three for host Mississippi in a 10-4 win over Florida. ... Host Eckerd split a doubleheader with Florida Tech, winning 6-5 then losing 6-5 in extra innings. Alfredo Cabale's two-out, bases-loaded single in the ninth won the opener. Tech tied Game 2 at three in the seventh and won it in the eighth on Steven Condatta's double.

SOFTBALL: Visiting Florida swept a doubleheader against Arkansas 2-1 in eight and 9-0. Florida's Savana Kelly tied the opener in the fourth with a homer. Lindsey Cameron's single won it. Lauren Roussell and Kristen Butler homered in the fifth of Game 2 to make it 4-0. ... Host USF split with Louisville, winning 6-2 then losing 3-1. Tiffany Stewart's two-run double in the sixth put USF up 6-2. ... Visiting Lynn swept Eckerd 6-1 and 4-1. In Game 1, the Knights scored on a squeeze and single in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. In Game 2, Christina Rolla's two-run double highlighted Lynn's three-run fourth that made it 4-0.

TENNIS: Host Florida beat USF 6-1 for its eighth consecutive victory.