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Replay for bowls nears approval

By wire services
Published July 30, 2005


The Big Ten's instant replay system will be used in all 28 bowl games this season if the NCAA approves a plan agreed upon by Bowl Championship Series officials.

"They are moving forward with the implementation of instant replay in bowl games," BCS spokesman Bob Burda said Friday.

The conference commissioners will present the idea to the NCAA in late September or early October. It is expected to gain approval, Burda said.

The Big Ten in 2004 became the first conference to experiment with instant replay review of certain calls by onfield game officials, and the NCAA approved its use by all conferences in 2005.

FLORIDA: Ben Cleveland, a heralded tight end from Springdale, Ark., has committed, rivals100.com reported. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Cleveland, the Gators' eighth commitment, also considered Arkansas, Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Virginia. Rivals rates him as the No. 7 prospect in Arkansas.

S. CAROLINA: Quarterback recruit Mychal Belcher volunteered to sit out the fall semester after coach Steve Spurrier signed more players than he had scholarships for, the coach said. If Belcher sits out, the recruiting class would be at the NCAA maximum of 25.

Also, running back Cory Boyd was suspended for the season. Boyd violated athletic department policy but is in good academic standing.

Basketball

ARKANSAS: Guard Ronnie Brewer, a first-team all-SEC selection last season, won't be representing the United States in the Under-21 World Championship tournament. Brewer, a junior in the fall, participated this week in the first two rounds of the Global Games at Frisco, Texas, after surviving the first round of cuts, but he didn't make the 12-man roster.

CENTRAL FLORIDA: Former Florida State standout Lauren Bradley was named assistant coach.

- Times staff writer Keith Niebuhr contributed to this report.