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By Times staff and wire reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 27, 2001


USF's Vaughan talks with Southern Cal

Clyde Vaughan and Henry Bibby used to coach about 26 miles apart. It soon could be 26 feet or closer.

Vaughan, an assistant men's basketball coach at South Florida and formerly at Long Beach State, was interviewed Tuesday by Bibby, the Southern California coach, for a similar job with the Trojans.

Vaughan, 39, was an assistant at Long Beach State from 1992-96 under Seth Greenberg, who then came to USF. Vaughan rejoined Greenberg two years ago. Bibby has coached USC since succeeding Charlie Parker with nine games left in the 1995-96 season.

"I've only been in Tampa for two years but I've had a great relationship with Coach Greenberg here and before," Vaughan said. "It's going to have to be a very good offer, everything just right, for me to leave because I'm confident this is going to be a very special (South Florida) team."

GEORGIA TECH: Paul Hewitt, who led the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA men's basketball tournament for the first time in five years, signed a five-year deal with a rollover provision.

The contract, which includes an automatic one-year rollover at the end of each year, is effective as of April 1. It has an annual base salary of $150,000.

ABC announces schedule

ABC Sports' 36th consecutive season of college football coverage kicks off Aug. 25, with the Pigskin Classic and culminates Jan. 3, with the Rose Bowl, this season's championship game.

The network's early-season schedule includes multiple appearances by defending champion Oklahoma and Florida State, Miami and Nebraska, which faces Texas Christian in the Pigskin Classic.

ABC also adds the Big East to its lineup for the first time since 1995.

CLEMSON: Eugene Koon Jr., a former football player, has been sentenced to 12 months' probation for his part in a counterfeit scheme that produced fake $100 bills with a computer scanner.

NORTH CAROLINA: Wide receiver Jamal Jones and safety JoVon Lewis were dismissed from the football team for violating team rules, coach John Bunting said.

As a reserve, Jones had 15 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown.

Lewis was redshirted last year and had not played in a game.

GEORGIA: Athletic director Vince Dooley, 68, has agreed to a six-month contract extension, which will allow him to retire in June 2004.

- Staff writer Bruce Lowitt contributed to this report.

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