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Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
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Compiled from staff and wire reports
Published November 19, 2005
OHIO STATE-MICHIGAN: The game often is decided by a split-second decision on special teams. Maybe it's because the old rivals know each other so well and mirror each other on offense and defense. A field goal, burst of speed on a return or blocked kick can tip the balance.
In 1979, outside linebacker Jim Laughlin blocked a punt with four minutes left. Todd Bell returned the ball 18 yards for a touchdown to give unbeaten and No. 2 Ohio State an 18-15 win over No. 13 Michigan.
Desmond Howard caught 134 passes and scored 37 touchdowns during his Michigan career. But the image seared into the minds of most fans is striking the Heisman pose after returning a punt for a touchdown in a 31-3 win in 1991.
In 1997, Charles Woodson - like Howard, a native Ohioan - returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown in a 20-14 win.
Last season, the Buckeyes were clutching a 20-14 lead in the third quarter when freshman Ted Ginn gathered a punt at his 18, sidestepped a tackler and jetted for the touchdown in a 37-21 victory. Since 1951, the series is deadlocked 26-26-2.
ALABAMA-AUBURN: The Tigers (8-2, 6-1 SEC) enter the Iron Bowl with the SEC's top offense and the confidence to convert fourth and long with the game on the line. The Crimson Tide, meanwhile, is finding it a challenge to reach the end zone despite quarterback Brodie Croyle and tailback Kenneth Darby. Alabama (9-1, 6-1) has just two offensive touchdowns in its past four SEC games. Members of the bay area Alabama alumni association will gather at Shula's Steak House in Tampa to watch. Call Keith Lichtman at (813) 385-9891 for details.
CLEMSON-SOUTH CAROLINA: The schools have made pregame preparations they hope wil temper the hostilities that flared in last season's brawl and led to both declining bowl invitations. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier's first go against the son of his fiercest foe while he was at Florida, Florida State's Bobby Bowden, provides plenty of interest. Clemson has won the past two by a combined 92-24.
WASHINGTON-WASHINGTON STATE: The Apple Cup is for pride and an instate recruiting edge. The Huskies are 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the Pac-10, the Cougars 3-7 and 0-7.
OREGON-OREGON STATE: In the Civil War, quarterbacks will be the focus. No. 10 Oregon (9-1, 6-1) continues with its two-quarterback system after losing senior starter Kellen Clemens to a broken ankle several weeks ago. Dennis Dixon will start and Brady Leaf will see playing time.
STANFORD-CAL: The Cardinal (5-4) likely needs a win in the Big Game to become bowl eligible because it finishes with Notre Dame. The Golden Bears have a three-game win streak against their cross-bay rivals.
TROUBLE IN IRAQ? BLAME IT ON GATOR FANS
Ary Lamme, an associate professor of geography at Florida, attended the Vanderbilt game and found the fans just too loud. Here's part of his letter to the Gainesville Sun:
"Every single time the Vanderbilt offense approached the line of scrimmage during the game, Gator fans were yelling and screaming their seemingly vacant heads off. And this excessive, unsportsmanlike behavior was encouraged by a message on the scoreboard calling for a "Gator Growl.'
"There are only small grains of wisdom in most popular truisms like "Waterloo was won on the playing fields at Eton.' Yet, as a Vietnam era veteran I'm left to wonder if there might be some truth in the notion that the current American idiocy in Iraq was/is being lost on the playing fields at Florida/Yale?"
DON'T WHINE, IT'S FINE WINE
Want to toast Steve Spurrier's victory over the Gators? Try a glass of Cock-n-Fire Cabernet from "Spurrier Vineyards." The 2-year-old California cabernet sauvignon from Healdsburg Vineyards in Manteca, Calif., $13-$15 a bottle, will help raise money to renovate an oncampus practice facility for South Carolina's men's and women's golf teams.
GAMECOCKS LOSE VETERAN LEADERSHIP
South Carolina's "Pops" is calling it a career.
Tim Frisby's road from Gulf War veteran to 40-year-old walk-on has been one of the most heartwarming in college football the past two seasons. But Frisby, nicknamed "Pops" by his much-younger teammates, says the Gamecocks' upcoming bowl game will be his last.
"It's just been an incredible journey," Frisby said. "I always look forward to being a part of the Gamecock family. They can't take that away from me."
Frisby has two seasons of eligibility left. But he might be ready to cash in on numerous book, movie and television offers for his story, the State in Columbia, S.C., reports.
Frisby gained attention last fall as the 20-year U.S. Army veteran with six children who came out for South Carolina's team. He served in Desert Storm and the Kosovo conflict. With plans to retire from the service, he figured he was still a pretty fair college receiver.
Frisby outlasted about 60 walk-ons in 2004, earning a spot on then-coach Lou Holtz's squad.
1. Dirk Koetter, whose coaching tenure at Arizona State has been scarred by off-field incidents and maddeningly inconsistent play, needs a win in two weeks against rival Arizona to become bowl eligible ... and maybe to keep his job. 2. A Penn State win gives it the Big Ten's BCS berth while Ohio State can tie for the title with a win against Michigan.
3. Oregon could be in line for an at-large BCS berth if it beats Oregon State and USC wins out.
4. The Pac-10 told Oregon it must remove the Xbox gaming system it installed during an elaborate 2003 locker room renovation, saying it goes beyond the NCAA guideline of too "extravagant."
5. LSU's victory at Alabama meant the road team has won seven of the past 10 in the annual series.
BY THE NUMBERS
1: Touchdown pass needed by Michigan State junior Drew Stanton to eclipse Jeff Smoker's school mark of 21 in a season.
16-1: Wisconsin's record the past two seasons before Nov. 1.
1-5: The Badgers' record the past two seasons after Nov. 1.
74-7: Margin by which Miami has outscored opponents in the third quarter.
"I like the color pink. In the spring, I can't wait to wear my blue suit with my pink shirt. A woman at a restaurant told me, "It takes a man with a lot of confidence to wear a pink shirt.' I took that as a compliment."
- Minnesota coach Glen Mason on the controversy over Iowa's pink visiting locker room.
Times staff writer Keith Niebuhr contributed to this report, which includes information from the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Seattle Times, Sporting News and the State in Columbia, S.C.