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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 19, 2000


After 8 years, Majors returns to UT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Johnny Majors returned to Tennessee on Saturday for the first time since his dismissal as coach to honor his three Southeastern Conference championship teams.

Majors, embittered over his dismissal, has not spoken to his successor and former assistant Phillip Fulmer since 1992.

He entered Neyland Stadium before the Kentucky game to be reunited with the 1985, 1989 and 1990 teams. Majors walked to the middle of the field with about 30 former players.

The crowd stood and cheered when Majors was introduced. He waved to the fans and shook hands with the players.

"(The fans) always treated me nicely and fairly," Majors said. "I have many friends in Tennessee."

Majors, who visited the press box at halftime, said he returned to his alma mater to see his former players.

"The most important thing was to see the players I coached," he said. "A lot of great days and great times."

NEHLEN BID FAREWELL: There was little fanfare for Don Nehlen in his final home game at West Virginia.

After the Mountaineers beat East Carolina, Nehlen's players hoisted him onto their shoulders. The WVU band played Auld Lang Syne and fans in the half-empty stadium yelled, "Nehlen! Nehlen!"

"It's the last time down the tunnel," said Nehlen, who is retiring at season's end.

"You say to yourself, did I do the right thing and what am I going to do? ... It's time for someone else to run this program," he said.

Meanwhile, ABC football analyst and former Auburn coach Terry Bowden said he's not interested in replacing Nehlen.

BYU: Before the final home game in the 29-year career of retiring coach LaVell Edwards, Mormon church president Gordon Hinckley announced Cougar Stadium would be renamed LaVell Edwards Stadium.

GEORGIA TECH: The victory over Maryland was the 600th in the school's 108-year history.

INDIANA: Quarterback Antwaan Randle El became the second player in Division I-A history to rush and pass for 200 points in a career. Michigan's Rick Leach was the first.

NAVY: Quarterback Brian Brodwater was poked in the eye and left in the second quarter.

N. CAROLINA: Quarterback Ronald Curry passed for 218 yards and rushed for a career-high 105 in breaking the school's single-season total offense mark with 2,676 yards. He became the third quarterback in school history to rush for 100 yards and pass for 200. ... Their 52 points in the first half and 35 in the second quarter against Duke were school records.

N.C. A&T: Maurice Hicks rushed for 353 yards and six touchdowns for the host Aggies in a 66-14 win over South Carolina State. Hicks scored on runs of 25, 5, 23, 16, 53 and 83 yards.

PITT: The 7-0 win over Temple was the school's first shutout of a Big East opponent in 10 years of conference play.

TEXAS A&M: More than 25,000 people weathered a driving rain to mark the one-year anniversary of the collapse of logs stacked for a bonfire that killed 12 students. Students and others huddled under umbrellas on the muddy polo fields for a memorial at 2:42 a.m. CST, the place and time the log stack collapsed Nov. 18, 1999.

OBITUARY: Glenn E. Seidel, quarterback for three undefeated Minnesota teams in the 1930s, died Nov. 7 at his Altamonte Springs home from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 86.

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