Friday, January 19, 2018
Colleges

Spurrier, Culpepper on 2017 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

GAINESVILLE — Steve Spurrier, already in the College Football Hall of Fame as Florida's Heisman-winning quarterback, made his debut on the ballot as a coach Wednesday.

Brad Culpepper, a defensive lineman for the Spurrier-coached Gators who went on to play for the Bucs and is now a Tampa-area attorney, is also on the ballot.

Spurrier, 71, who stepped down as South Carolina's coach late last season after winning seven conference titles and making 21 bowl appearances in his 26-year career, is the all-time winningest coach in Florida and South Carolina history.

The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be announced on Jan. 6 in Tampa, three days before the national championship game at Raymond James Stadium.

Others of note on the ballot: FSU defensive back Terrell Buckley, UF offensive lineman Lomas Brown, FAMU coach Rudy Hubbard, Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, Illinois linebacker (and former Buc) Simeon Rice, Notre Dame receiver Raghib "Rocket'' Ismail, Ohio State running back Keith Byars, Miami linebacker Ray Lewis, UCF punter/kicker Charlie Pierce, SMU running back Eric Dickerson, San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk and Southern Cal defensive back Troy Polamalu.

Big 12's Bowlsby: Make expansion call

IRVING, Texas — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says he's going to push conference leaders to make decisions one way or the other on the lingering issues of expansion, a football championship game and a league network by the end of the summer. USF, in the American Athletic Conference, would like to become a Big 12 member, though that seems like a long shot.

Athletic directors spent about 90 minutes during spring meetings Wednesday in what were termed "philosophical discussions" about those topics. The final decisions will be made by the 10-team league's board of directors comprised of school presidents and chancellors.

HARBAUGH ON SABAN: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh repeated his Tuesday criticism of Alabama coach Nick Saban's anti-satellite camp comments. Harbaugh again called out Alabama's past NCAA violations and said it was "hypocritical'' of Saban to criticize the camps. Saban responded Wednesday: "That's his business. I don't really care what he thinks or tweets. I say what I think is best for college football and say what I think is best for the players and the kids."

basketball: Retired North Carolina radio play-by-play announcer Woody Durham, 75, said he has a neurocognitive disorder that affects language expression and will no longer perform public speaking activities. The "Voice of the Tar Heels" who retired in 2011 said he will continue to travel with his wife, Jean, and attend school functions and sporting events.

BASEBALL: Louisville coach Dan McDonnell agreed to a new deal through the 2025-26 season. McDonnell, 45, is 453-189 in 10 years with the Cardinals, with nine NCAA tournament berths and three College World Series appearances.

Comments
Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

CORAL GABLES — Gary Trent scored a season-high 30 and No. 5 Duke needed less than three minutes to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, scoring 18 consecutive points to overtake No. 25 Miami 83-75 on Monday night. The Blue Devils scored 15 in six po...
Published: 01/15/18

Shrine Game journal: Homecoming for Utah OL Salesi Uhatafe; Quinton Flowers works on snaps

ST. PETERSBURG — Salesi Uhatafe is back in his hometown, and though he moved to Texas when he was still a baby, it’s very much a homecoming as the former Utah offensive lineman plays in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field."I’ll probab...
Published: 01/15/18
Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — Joel Lanning has the unique distinction of being listed as an "LB/QB" on the West roster for Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.And while the former Iowa State star spent the entire practice at middle linebacker Mond...
Published: 01/15/18
Keith Jackson, leading college football broadcaster, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, leading college football broadcaster, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, the folksy voice of college football who for decades weaved backwoods wit through Saturday afternoon ABC broadcasts, died Friday night. He was 89.In a 52-year broadcasting career, Mr. Jackson covered a wide variety of sports for radio ...
Published: 01/13/18
No. 24 FSU outlasts Syracuse in double overtime

No. 24 FSU outlasts Syracuse in double overtime

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State squandered a double-digit halftime lead for the second straight game. This time, it was able to overcome that.The 23rd-ranked Seminoles scored the first six in the second overtime to propel them to a 101-90 victory over Sy...
Published: 01/13/18

Florida manhandled in paint by Ole Miss for first SEC loss

OXFORD, Miss. — Florida came into its matchup focused on stopping a talented group of Ole Miss guards.But it was the play of the frontcourt that did in the Gators on Saturday afternoon.Bruce Stevens scored 22, Deandre Burnett added 20 and Mississippi...
Published: 01/13/18
South Carolina gives Will Muschamp new $28 million deal

South Carolina gives Will Muschamp new $28 million deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp received a new six-year, $28.2 million contract after a nine-win season that culminated with a victory over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Muschamp’s contract was approved Friday by the school’s boar...
Published: 01/12/18
Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

We’ve been a little busy lately.What with Dirk Koetter staying and Evan Longoria going. We’ve been distracted by UCF and amazed by Alabama. There has been Jon Gruden news and what is shaping up to be a very special season for the Lightning.With all t...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18
Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is 88 and still keeps a busy schedule of speaking engagements. On Wednesday he was in Omaha, Neb. — his fourth city in a week — to receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award for his contributions to college football ...
Published: 01/11/18
Jones: The secret to Alabama’s success

Jones: The secret to Alabama’s success

Nick Saban is the greatest college football coach of all-time.The current Alabama run — five titles in nine seasons — belongs at the top of any dynasty in the history of the sport. To do what Bama has done in this day and age of parity is remarkableS...
Published: 01/09/18