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published November 3, 2001

Ex-Armwood WR plans to transfer

Former Seffner Armwood High receiver Chris Murray, who dropped out of N.C. State last month, intends to play for the school he originally committed to, Miami.

"I'm going to play for (a Division I-AA, II or III) school next year, so I don't have to sit out a year, then go to Miami," said Murray, who was rated the No. 17 college prospect in Florida by the Times last season.

Murray, who has a 1-year-old son and is awaiting the birth of a daughter this month, said he would like to stay close to home, perhaps Bethune-Cookman or Florida A&M.

"You'll see me somewhere in January," said Murray, who ruled out transferring to a junior college. "It will probably be in Florida somewhere."

Murray said he thought about transferring to Central Florida, but N.C. State coach Chuck Amato told him he would not release Murray from his scholarship to go to UCF, "because they have to play them in the future," Murray said. If his Miami plan falls through, Murray said he might try transferring to South Florida. He said he had not contacted anyone at USF.

Murray committed to Miami in the summer of 2000, before his senior year, but instead signed with N.C. State in February after coach Butch Davis left Miami for the Cleveland Browns.

"I have nothing bad to say about N.C. State, they have a good program," Murray said. "It just wasn't the right place for me."

Youth's parents sue UF's Gaffney

GAINESVILLE -- The parents of a 15-year-old are suing Florida receiver Jabar Gaffney, accusing him and two other players of beating their son.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Alachua County Circuit Court by Mary and Paul Barlow, accuses Gaffney and the others of injuring the teen and causing his emotional distress. The parents are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

The suit alleges that Gaffney, linebacker Byron Hardmon and walk-on Casey Griffith beat the youth, Justin Paul Barlow. Gaffney claims the boy was trying to steal his motor scooter.

After an investigation by police, State Attorney Bill Cervone declined to prosecute Gaffney for allegedly beating the youth.

Ex-Gator coach/AD Woodruff dies at 85

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Bob Woodruff, former coach and athletic director at Florida, who also was athletic director at Tennessee and coach at Baylor, died Thursday. He was 85.

Mr. Woodruff, who died at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, coached the Gators from 1950 to 1959 and went 53-42-6.

He was Florida'a coach in its first bowl game, a 14-13 Gator Bowl win against Tulsa on New Year's Day in 1953.

He was Tennessee's athletic director from 1963 until 1985 when he was succeeded by Doug Dickey, who still holds the post.

OHIO STATE: Warren Amling, an All-America offensive lineman for the Buckeyes in 1945, died at 76.

Late Thursday

NO. 13 BYU 56, COLO. STATE 34: Luke Staley ran for 196 yards and five touchdowns, and Brandon Doman threw for 284 yards and a touchdown and ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns for the host team.

- Information from Times wires contributed to this report.

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