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College football in brief

By ALEX ABRAMS, DEBI JONES, PETE YOUNG and Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 14, 2001


Patriotic song stirs Bowden

TALLAHASSEE -- Coach Bobby Bowden enjoyed hearing the school's marching band play God Bless America as the team practiced Thursday.

"I love it," Bowden said. "It reminds me of World War II. It really is appropriate."

Offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden, at one point during practice, said: "I couldn't hear myself talk. "They can practice all they want. We like our band."

FSU worked on fundamental drills during the two-hour practice.

JOHNSON INJURED: Defensive tackle Travis Johnson practiced for 30 minutes before aggravating the left ankle he sprained in Saturday's 29-7 win against Alabaman-Birmingham.

"I got (the ankle) stuck again, and the ankle didn't give because it was so heavily taped," Johnson said. "It got hurt a little more."

Johnson, a sophomore, has been receiving treatment and expects to play Sept. 22 at North Carolina.

TAKING A LOOK: Cornerback Leroy Smith injured his right knee and is scheduled for an MRI exam today to check for possible cartilage damage.

Quick change

GAINESVILLE -- With Saturday's game postponed, the Gators got a day off from practice.

The SEC reversed field and called off its games for this weekend. Florida's next game is Sept. 22 at Kentucky.

The Gators will return to practice Monday.

"I told our guys today that the game's been called," Spurrier said. "We're going to treat this like an open date. (I told them) "Go get with your parents if they're close by. Take some time off this weekend.' I think they were sort of relieved."

Bulls get new focus

TAMPA -- South Florida practiced for two hours, though without a specific opponent in mind. It was announced earlier in the day that Saturday's home opener against Southern Utah had been postponed in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

The game has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 20.

"We just worked on fundamentals," coach Jim Leavitt said.

The Bulls will take the next three days off and resume practice Monday in preparation for the Sept. 22 game at Memphis.

GAME ON: The men's soccer team hosts Charlotte at 4 p.m. Saturday. The volleyball team, which had its weekend tournament canceled, hosts St. Louis at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Unscheduled day off

Heavy rains have saturated the Knights' practice field and forced the team to move indoors. Saturday's workout also is scheduled at the arena

Central Florida's next game is Sept. 22 at Tulane.

Around the nation

ALABAMA: Tailback Brandon Miree, who has seen limited action this year, has left the school and plans to transfer.

"Brandon basically said it was for personal and family reasons," coach Dennis Franchione said. "I'm sure he would have liked to have played more."

Miree, a sophomore, ran for 445 yards and averaged 4.5 yards last season as a freshman.

He finished spring drills as the backup to Ahmaad Galloway, then became the No. 3 tailback behind redshirt freshman Ray Hudson this fall.

Miree carried three times for 2 yards against UCLA Sept. 1. All six plays he took part in against Vanderbilt Saturday were on special teams.

GEORGIA TECH: From a football standpoint, the postponement of Saturday's game at No. 6 Florida State leaves the 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets with a lot of time off.

Tech (3-0), which beat Navy 70-7 last weekend, has been playing very well.

"That's a major concern to me, having not played (Saturday) and having an open date next weekend and then having Clemson," coach George O'Leary said. "We'll just make the best use of the time we've been given."

KENTUCKY: Defensive tackle Jeremy Caudill might be redshirted this season because of a back injury, coach Guy Morriss said.

"His back just will not hold up," Morriss said.

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