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Gator hat leads to firing in Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An Arkansas radio personality said she was fired Monday, two days after wearing a Gators hat to an Arkansas news conference.

Renee Gork, a Florida graduate, said on Twitter that she had been fired by KAKS, a northwest Arkansas radio station that calls itself Hog Sports Radio. Gork had worn a Gator hat Saturday to a news conference with Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino.

Petrino, who has said several times he is still upset about last season's 23-20 loss at Florida, commented on Gork's hat after answering a question she asked.

"And that will be the last question I answer with that hat on," Petrino said.

Gork said she grabbed the hat without thinking Saturday because it was raining. She said she sent a letter of apology to the university and Petrino.

"Was hoping to publicly apologize to Coach Petrino and UA fans on the show today …but I won't get that chance," Gork wrote on KAKS' Twitter account. "I've been fired."

Gork could not be reached Monday for comment.

KAKS general manager Dan Storrs confirmed only that Gork was no longer working for the station.

He added: "This radio station is Hog Sports Radio. We are very biased. We support the Razorbacks 100 percent."

Gork made settings for her Facebook private, but not before angry Razorback fans found posts she made complaining about Arkansas and praising UF.

Leach an analyst: Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach will call games for cable network CBS College Sports as he pursues a lawsuit over his firing from the school.

Texas Tech fired Leach on Dec. 30 amid allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion. Leach has denied mistreating the player.

Leach will work with play-by-play announcer Roger Twibell, covering Mountain West, Conference USA and service academy games.

Tennessee: The NCAA has said defensive tackle John Brown and athlete Marcques Dixon are academically ineligible this season. Brown, a junior from Lakeland who transferred from Northeast Mississippi Community College, was expected to provide needed depth on the defensive line. Tennessee is awaiting final word on the eligibility of defensive back Eddrick Loften and linebacker Martaze Jackson.

Virginia tech: Logan Thomas won Virginia Tech's backup quarterback job. Tyrod Taylor is the starter.


espn marathon: For the second straight year, ESPN will mark the start of the season with 24 consecutive hours of live game coverage that begins Nov. 16 at midnight.

National champion Duke hosts Miami of Ohio. National runnerup Butler is at Louisville. Michigan State, which lost to Butler in the Final Four, is home against South Carolina.

Also on the schedule is the debut of St. John's coach Steve Lavin. The Connecticut women enter the season on a 78-game winning streak and are part of the coverage of games from four time zones and 17 states.

Honors: Hall of Famers Jody Conradt and Bob Hurley Sr. and former Purdue coach Gene Keady are this year's recipients of the third annual Lapchick Character Awards. They will be honored Nov. 18 at Madison Square Garden.

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