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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 2000

Dye declares interest in Georgia coaching job

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Ex-Auburn coach Pat Dye said he is interested in replacing Jim Donnan as Georgia coach.

Dye, out of coaching since 1992, told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer he talked by phone with athletic director Vince Dooley after Donnan's Dec. 4 firing. Dye, 61, was an All-America offensive lineman at Georgia in 1959-60.

"He didn't say he was interested," Dye said. "He didn't say he wasn't interested. We just left it like that."

Buckeyes' Rambo hurt

Ohio State's leading receiver, Ken-Yon Rambo, has a cast on his left hand but is expected to play against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day in Tampa. Coach John Cooper refused to discuss the injury, but the Columbus Dispatch said the senior has a hairline fracture of a bone. CITADEL: Former Alabama defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson was named coach.

KENTUCKY: Halfback Kendrick Shanklin will transfer to Grambling, where his cousin, Doug Williams, is the coach.

MISSISSIPPI ST.: All-America cornerback Fred Smoot is academically ineligible and will not play in the Independence Bowl.

MINNESOTA: The players who improperly used an athletic department access code for a combined $420 worth of phone calls have repaid the school and were back on the team after a one-day suspension. Coach Glen Mason said 12 of the 13 will play in Thursday's Bowl and that the other unidentified player will not go for unspecified reasons.

TENNESEE: Senior offensive tackle Bernard Gooden, senior defensive end DeAngelo Lloyd and freshman snapper Robert Stolarick are academically ineligible for the Cotton Bowl.

TEXAS TECH: Freshman linebacker Marquis Turner was suspended for the Bowl and the 2001 season so he could sort out unspecified personal problems.

Las Vegas Bowl

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV quarterback Jason Thomas was 12-for-17 for 217 yards and three scores as the Rebels, 0-11 two years ago, continued their turnaround by beating Arkansas 31-14. UNLV dominated the bigger but slower Razorbacks in the second half. At the end, UNLV fans stormed the field and tore down the goal posts in celebration as fireworks exploded. Thomas gave UNLV the lead for good at 21-14 with a 54-yard score to Troy Mason with 2:21 left in the third quarter and the Rebels tacked on 10 more points.

Mobile Alabama Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. -- Jeff Kelly's 29-yard touchdown to Kenny Johnson with eight seconds left lifted Southern Mississippi over No. 13 Texas Christian 28-21 late Wednesday. TCU's LaDanian Tomlinson was held to a season-low 118 yards. The Golden Eagles got another chance after Brant Hanna missed his fourth field goal. With 33 seconds left, they took over at the TCU 43 after Etric Pruitt got a hand on a punt. On third down, Kelly ran 14 yards for a first down and hit Johnson on the next play.

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