Sunday, February 25, 2018
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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.

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