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Highs and lows

By SHARON GINN, BRUCE LOWITT, ANTHONY PEREZ and JAMAL THALJI

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 4, 2001


Highs

SETH GREENBERG: The USF men's basketball coach, whose team could be headed for not only an NCAA Tournament berth but also its first Top 25 ranking, suspended star B.B. Waldon indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. The suspension comes at the worst possible time for the Bulls as they get into the heart of Conference USA play, but Greenberg was adamant that Waldon be punished for whatever it is he did. "There are things that are bigger than basketball," Greenberg said. Plenty of coaches say it; not all of them mean it.

JENNIFER CAPRIATI: At 24, the Wesley Chapel resident seems ready to make up for lost time. Winning the Australian Open, her first Grand Slam title, is a great start. "From here on, I will always have the belief in myself that I can do anything," she said. So with Capriati joining the Williams sisters, Hingis, Davenport and Seles, women's tennis is only getting stronger. But we dare you to name a top 5 player on the men's side not named Andre or struggling Pete?

TRENT DILFER: He could have stuck it to the Bucs, big-time, for losing faith in him and getting rid of him, only to have him come back to their house, win the Super Bowl and -- hey, he's going to Disney World! But in victory he was gracious to a fault. Now the question is whether we'll be talking about him as an ex-Raven by September.

Lows

BUTCH DAVIS: After Miami's most successful football season since 1991, you promised you would not be leaving -- promised your AD, your assistants, your players, your potential recruits. You persuaded All-American offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie, a potential first-round NFL draft pick, to return for his senior season. "There's no interest at all (in the Browns job)," you said. "I'm going to stay until I retire. Come here and we'll have a lot of fun," you told an 18-year-old recruit 24 hours before you left to become coach of the Browns. No one blames you for taking the NFL's money. We blame you for how you left. What will your legacy at UM be? Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel may have nailed that when he renamed you Butch Clinton: a strong record tarnished by a load of lies.

KERRY COLLINS, SEAN PAYTON: Collins, the Giants quarterback, chose the worst day to have his worst game with a poorly conceived game plan drawn up by Payton, the Giants offensive coordinator. A good day by both might not have altered the outcome of Super Bowl XXXV, but surely it would have been more competitive.

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI: The Bearcats are suing the Ridgefield (Conn.) High School Tigers because that school's basketball logo, an orange paw print above the school name, looks too much like the Division I school's own logo. If only the university cared as much about graduating its players.

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