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FSU denies tight end's transfer again

Florida State tight end Brandon Warren, who wants to transfer to Tennessee, was first denied a release from his scholarship by coach Bobby Bowden. Now the school has unanimously denied an appeal of that decision.

By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published May 1, 2007


Florida State tight end Brandon Warren, who wants to transfer to Tennessee, was first denied a release from his scholarship by coach Bobby Bowden. Now the school has unanimously denied an appeal of that decision.

"The information ... does not rise to the level of 'objective evidence that proves the student-athlete's extraordinary personal hardship, ' " said Joe Beckman, chairman of a three-person faculty panel, in a statement released Monday.

That means Warren, the Alcoa, Tenn., native and freshman All-American last season, must pay his own way for the first year to go to Tennessee. Regardless, Warren still faces several academic hurdles after leaving FSU in mid term.

Warren's mother, Deidre, who has had health issues in the past year, said the family will look at appealing to the NCAA.

"We're fighting, " she said. "We're still fighting."

Blue Devils savor ACC lacrosse title

DURHAM, N.C. - Matt Danowski and his fellow seniors had helped Duke win 40 games in their careers and reach the NCAA title game in 2005. This year, they added an accomplishment.

Danowski and Zack Greer scored three goals in Sunday's 12-9 win over Virginia in the ACC title game.

It's the latest highlight for the Blue Devils 13-2 in the road back from a rape scandal that led to charges against three players (who were later exonerated), the resignation of the coach and cancellation of much of last season.

"For us as seniors, we talked about leaving a legacy here, " Danowski said. "It's another testament to the character of the guys on this team and the way we've stuck (together) throughout this whole thing; kept our noses clean and just kept going and stayed with it."

WOMEN'S GOLF: USF, Florida and FSU earned berths in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulls and Seminoles compete in the East Region May 10-12 at LSU and the Gators in the West Region May 10-12 in St. George, Utah. Eight teams from each of three regions advance to the finals May 22-25 in Daytona Beach.

MEN'S GOLF: Florida sophomore Billy Horschel was named SEC player of the year. Averaging 72.03 strokes, he has one title, two top fives and three top 10s.