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College sports roundup

By Times staff and wire reports

© St. Petersburg Times,
published May 31, 2001


SEC athletic directors agree to avoid Friday night games

DESTIN -- Lawyers have advised the SEC's athletic directors to give up on trying to restore an NCAA ban on Friday night football games.

Without that option, the athletic directors didn't bother crafting a proposed bylaw at their annual meeting Wednesday. They settled for an agreement not to schedule their teams to play on Fridays, the traditional night for high school football in many regions of the country.

The SEC joined the ACC and Big East in vowing not to play on Friday nights.

"We're so strong about protecting our bowl windows, our TV windows, and we've got to protect Friday nights for high schools," Auburn athletic director David Housel said. "My feelings on it haven't diminished at all. But the only thing we can do something about is the Southeastern Conference."

CLEMSON: The school penalized itself two scholarships for the 2002 season and froze the salary of an assistant coach after reporting several NCAA secondary rules violations.

It is the first NCAA problem for the Tigers since coach Tommy Bowden took control in December 1998.

"We intend to win and win with integrity. I will tolerate nothing less," Bowden said.

The NCAA enforcement staff seemed to agree with the school's sanctions.

"The university has taken meaningful corrective action and imposed significant penalties on its football program," said an NCAA memorandum sent to university president James Barker.

TENNESSEE: Walk-on Kelley Washington, who played in spring drills at quarterback and receiver, will attend summer school and practice with the Vols instead of playing minor-league baseball in the Florida Marlins' organization, coach Phillip Fulmer said.

Basketball

SEC: The Ice Palace is on the short list of possible venues for the men's league tournament in 2006 or 2008. Ross Bartow, president of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, traveled to the SEC meetings in Destin to mingle with league officials and answer questions.

"It was a chance to be heard and seen," Bartow said. "At this point, we're waiting to get some comments from the SEC staff, which is good. We're glad they still want to talk."

The Associated Press reported that the 2008 tournament will go to Atlanta and that Tampa is the front-runner, ahead of Memphis and Nashville, for 2006. Bartow expects to hear from someone at the league office perhaps next week.

Other sports

BASEBALL: Florida State will be nearly at full strength when it plays Georgia in a Super Region at Georgia this weekend.

The Seminoles will have starters Karl Jernigan (centerfield) and Bryan Zech (second base), who both missed last week's regional with injuries.

Also, Tampa's Kris Sutton was named Division II pitcher of the year, and outfielder Tom Carrow joined him as a first-team All-American. Senior pitcher Charlie Manning was named to the second team.

Sutton collected first-team All-Sunshine State Conference, first-team All-South Region and first-team All-America honors after setting the Division II record for saves in a season, 19.

Also, outfielder Dwight Edge has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks as a free agent.

MEN'S GOLF: Arizona freshman Chris Nallen and Georgia Tech junior Kris Mikkelson shot 6-under-par 66s to share the lead after the first round of the NCAA championships in Durham, N.C.

Arizona took a nine-shot lead in the team competition with 8-under 280 at the 7,088-yard Duke University Golf Club course. Georgia Tech was in second place.

Florida's Nick Gilliam was at 69. The Gators (296) tied for 13th out of 30 teams.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Jameelah Trimble, a reserve center at Florida, said she will transfer to South Florida this fall. Trimble, a 6-foot-5 honorable mention prep All-American from Miami, would have to sit out the 2001-02 season but would have two years of eligibility left.

"I was unhappy at Florida, so I thought it was time for me to go," said Trimble, who left the Gators late in the season after averaging 11 minutes, 2.8 points and 3.4 rebounds as a sophomore. "South Florida is an up-and-coming program, and I want to be a part of that to put South Florida on the map."

Trimble, who is black, said she is not worried about allegations of racial discrimination by eight current and former players against former coach Jerry Ann Winters. Trimble knows new coach Jose Fernandez from his days as a high school coach in the Miami area.

TRACK AND FIELD: In the biggest shock of the first day of competition at the NCAA Championships at Eugene, Ore., Stanford's Gabe Jennings, winner of the Olympic trials and NCAA 1,500 meters last year, did not qualify for the final of the 800, finishing fourth in his heat. His time of 1 minute, 48.58 seconds, was 11th best overall. The top eight advanced.

His team's shot at repeating as men's champion virtually ended as the Cardinal, which scored 23 points in the 10,000 meters last year, got zero this time.

Also, the chance of NCAA indoor champion LSU completing a sweep with the outdoor title received a jolt when decathlete Claston Bernard was disqualified after one event. The junior injured his left hamstring in the opening 100-meter dash.

- Staff writer Joanne Korth contributed to this report.

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