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Kansas drops basketball games with Notre Dame

Published Oct. 16, 2005

Angry over Notre Dame's withdrawal from a football television package,Kansas canceled a two-game basketball series with the Irish on Thursday.

Although Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick said the Jayhawks "are not trying to get anything started," at least one other member of the College Football Association said it might consider similar action.

"I applaud Kansas for making a gutty move," Houston athletic director Rudy Davalos said. "I think it won't happen, but if there was a movement to do that within the CFA, we would certainly listen to it."

Notre Dame's decision to remove its home games from the five-year deal with ABC and ESPN cost the 64-school CFA about $50-million. But Irish athletic director Dick Rosenthal said he doesn't expect a major backlash.

"We have no reason to believe anybody is interested in disassociating competitive sports with Notre Dame," Rosenthal said. "We haven't heard from a soul."

Notre Dame, an independent without conference scheduling or loyalty to fall back on, might be greatly inconvenienced if many schools follow Kansas' lead. The canceled basketball games were scheduled for 1992 at Kansas and 1993 at Notre Dame.

Hillsborough's Footman will attend Florida State

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State signed a junior college star Thursday who played his high school ball in Tampa and may be the Seminoles' fastest big defensive player in several years.

The signing of 6-foot-5, 255-pound Dan Footman from Northwest Mississippi Junior College gives the Seminoles 24 players in their 1990 recruiting bonanza, which many talent observers are rating with Notre Dame as the nation's best.

Footman, who anchored a state championship 4x100 meter team at Hillsborough High, was a running back until last season when he moved to defense. He has 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash.

The Irish and Seminoles are also believed to be the finalists in the competition for 6-1, 190-pound wide receiver Andre Hastings of Morrow, Ga. Metro Conference football doesn't excite Florida St.

TALLAHASSEE - Citing Florida State's lucrative status as a football

independent, athletic director Bob Goin said Thursday the school would have to be persuaded it could benefit from the Metro Conference adding football as a league sport.

"We're happy with the construction of our conference the way it is right now," said Goin. "Football has always been an issue with us."

Metro commissioner Ralph McFillen told a New Orleans newspaper earlier this week that he hopes to have the results of a feasibility study on the Metro adding football in time for the league's spring meetings May 23-26 in Destin.

FSU decides against 12th game on schedule

TALLAHASSEE - Florida State athletic director Bob Goin said the Seminoles have decided against adding a 12th game in the 1990 regular season, turning down the possibility of competing in the inaugural Pigskin Classic scheduled Aug. 26 in Los Angeles.

"We really like our schedule the way it is," Goin said. "It would be in our best interest right now to stick with our schedule the way it is constructed."

Florida State, Notre Dame, Colorado and Miami have been mentioned as leading candidates for the game, which is scheduled at Anaheim Stadium.