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By ALEX ABRAMS and Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 15, 2001


FSU fullback Golightly will miss more time

FSU fullback Golightly will miss more time

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State fullback Randy Golightly's season is on hold after the sophomore partially tore the Achilles' tendon in his right leg during Friday's practice.

Golightly, expected to start entering the season, was hurt toward the end of practice.

"I think he just did it while he was running," coach Bobby Bowden said. "It looked like he hurt his Achilles' tendon. That can be nasty."

Golightly has been unable to play this season because of tendinitis in both feet.

Senior William McCray will continue to start at fullback while Golightly is sidelined.

PRACTICE NEWS: FSU held a two-hour practice, which included a 15-minute scrimmage. The team will take today off and return to practice Monday.

INJURY UPDATE: Freshman cornerback Leroy Smith will have his right knee scoped after an MRI revealed the freshman had torn cartilage. Smith, injured during Thursday's practice, is scheduled for surgery Wednesday.

UT unsure

GAINESVILLE -- Several options are being discussed for the rescheduling of the Florida-Tennessee game, including moving it to Dec. 1 and pushing the Southeastern Conference Championship Game to the following week, according to SEC spokesman Charles Bloom.

One of the biggest problems has been solved in the rescheduling with the availability of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The Georgia high school playoff were scheduled for Dec. 7-8 and the Falcons are to face the Saints that Sunday.

The Georgia High School Association announced that with the postponing of the games this weekend the season will be pushed back to the weekend of Dec. 15.

The new schedule, however, would mean the conference championship game would conflict with Florida's exam schedule, set to begin Dec. 8. An official announcement about the schedule change is expected Monday. -- DEBI JONES

UM practices, will now rest

CORAL GABLES -- The top-ranked Hurricanes practiced for 90 minutes in shorts and pads.

With the game against Washington, scheduled for today but postponed after Tuesday's tragedy, the Hurricanes will take the weekend off before resuming practice Tuesday. "We've had very good practices the last two days," coach Larry Coker said. "I think getting back to work on conditioning and really focusing on the basics has helped the team, especially when it comes to dealing with what's been going on in the country this week. We're making the best of this situation."

Weather forces UCF inside

ORLANDO -- UCF began its preparations for Tulane with a two-plus hour workout. The weather forced the Golden Knights inside, as the offense and defense alternated time in a gym and in segment meetings. -- TIMES WIRES

Around the nation

SCHEDULE: There are three Division I-AA games scheduled today. New York schools Columbia and Fordham canceled their game, scheduled for the Bronx. Two other games were called off -- Clark Atlantic vs. Morris Brown, and Delaware State vs. North Carolina A&T.

Late Thursday, Florida A&M and Grambling canceled their game, scheduled in Cincinnati.

The games still on for today are Morehead at Jacksonville, Wisconsin-Eau Claire at Valparaiso, and Southwest Missouri State at Southeast Missouri. In the lone game Thursday night, Tennessee-Martin beat Kentucky Wesleyan 54-14.

Oregon State replaced its canceled game against Montana State game by adding Division I-AA Northern Arizona to its schedule on Nov. 17.

MICHIGAN: The gates at Michigan Stadium are locked and will remain that way indefinitely. Fans will have their bags searched when play resumes. And if athletic director Bill Martin has his way, planes that have dragged advertisements above the stadium will have to fly elsewhere.

"Security is certainly an issue at Michigan Stadium and every other stadium in the country," Martin said, "what makes ours different is, it's the biggest."

He added that the school held a security meeting Thursday.

MINNESOTA: What was to be a week leading up to their final nonconference game against Baylor tonight has essentially become the first week of another training camp for the Gophers.

Because the game at the Metrodome was postponed along with other games across the country after Tuesday's terrorist attacks, the Gophers won't play until Sept. 29 when they open the Big Ten schedule against Purdue.

WEST CHESTER: Mike Horrocks, copilot of United Airlines Flight 175, which struck the World Trade Center's south tower on Tuesday -- was the school's record-setting quarterback in the early 1980s.

In his senior year, 1984, he led West Chester to its first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division title in a decade. One year earlier, he set a single-game school record for passing yardage when he threw for 377 against Shippensburg (Pa.).

"He hung around with all the guys on the team, not this guy or that guy or that guy," said coach Rick Daniels, who was the team's offensive line coach when Horrocks played.

WISCONSIN: Coach Barry Alvarez announced that sophomore tailback Tyron Griffin has quit the team. Griffin's final numbers with the Badgers: one game, two carries and 3 yards. After redshirting in 2000, Griffin opened the season No. 3 on the depth chart behind Anthony Davis and Jerone Pettus.

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