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FSU kicker fails drug test after seizure


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 4, 2001

Florida State placekicker Matt Munyon, hospitalized in Tallahassee on Thursday after a seizure, tested positive for marijuana, according to a Tallahassee Police Department report.

He was being held out of practice until the cause of the seizure could be determined.

Munyon was a redshirt freshman and the primary placekicker in FSU's first seven games in 2000. His last-second 49-yard field goal attempt Oct. 7 at Miami was wide right and sealed the then-No. 1 Seminoles' 27-24 loss to the Hurricanes.

Munyon has been released from the hospital. The police report said he denied consuming drugs despite the presence of marijuana in a urine sample.

FSU sports information director Rob Wilson said, "If in fact he has tested positive, he will face our team penalties."

A first offense usually calls for counseling. A second brings a suspension.

Wilson said the university had no knowledge of any history Munyon might have with seizures.

fFLORIDA: Coach Steve Spurrier and the offense conceded during the Gators' scrimmage Tuesday. The first-team defense started against the first-team offense, and the defense took a 23-6 lead. Spurrier stopped the scrimmage and started playing the second teams against each other, clearing the scoreboard. ... Cornerback Lito Sheppard did not participate because of a pulled hamstring. Defensive coordinator Jon Hoke said he expected Sheppard to be back within a few days. ... The Gators conclude spring drills with the annual Orange and Blue Game on Saturday.

MIAMI: The Hurricanes practiced for 90 minutes in full pads in a session highlighted by a limited scrimmage. Coach Larry Coker continues to be impressed with the defense, which has thrived this spring despite debuting starters at three positions.

Men's basketball

ALABAMA: Coach Mark Gottfried has agreed to a contract extension. Athletic director Mal Moore said details would not be released until the extension is approved by the Board of Trustees and President Andrew Sorenson.

PORTLAND: Michael Holton, a UCLA assistant and former NBA player, was hired as coach.

TENNESSEE: Buzz Peterson, Michael Jordan's roommate at North Carolina and a member of the Tar Heels' 1982 national title team, will be introduced as Tennessee's 17th coach today.

Peterson resigned as Tulsa's coach Tuesday after leading the Golden Hurricane to the NIT championship. TEXAS TECH: Four days after dismissing three players for undisclosed rules violations, coach Bob Knight said he'll challenge an NCAA rule preventing him from replacing those scholarship players.

Women's basketball

ST. JOSEPH'S: Coach Stephanie Gaitley, accused of retaliating against a former player who filed a sexual-harassment complaint against Gaitley's husband, was fired after 10 seasons.

A change in leadership was necessary, said Linda Lelii, vice president for student life and academic development.

Gatling said that with her reputation, character and integrity at stake, "I would rather be fired knowing I did not compromise myself."


FLORIDA STATE: John-Ford Griffin was named ACC Player of the Week.

TAMPA: Tom Carrow was selected the Sunshine State Conference male athlete of the month for March.

- Correspondent Debi Jones and Times wires contributed to this report.

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