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Wives disgusted by assaults on coaches

Published Oct. 7, 2005

A death threat against the wife of Kentucky coach Bill Curry is only one indication of society's negative attitude toward college sports, other football coaches' wives said.

In interviews published in Wednesday's editions of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, wives of coaches across the Southeast said they are disgusted with reactions toward their husbands, especially on talk shows.

"The callers on radio talk shows bother me," Carolyn Curry said. "They're not accountable to anyone in what they say."

Said Barbara Dooley, wife of Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley: "That talk show in Atlanta is the meanest, ugliest, most insensitive group I've ever heard."

The Monday after Kentucky was beaten 41-14 by Auburn for its fourth straight loss, secretaries in the school's football offices found the death threat against Carolyn Curry when they checked answering machine messages.

Some wives said they no longer sit in the stands because of negative comments they have heard about their husbands.

Stephanie Goff, wife of Georgia coach Ray Goff, said she still sits in the stands, but in a section with Georgia staffers.

"I hear hard stuff sometimes when I go down to see Ray (after a game)," she said. "It's hard to hear but it comes with the territory."

Baylor loses tackle

WACO, Texas _ Nose tackle Steve Strahan will miss Baylor's next two games after having arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right leg.

The preseason all-Southwest Conference pick will miss games against Texas Tech and Houston.

Strahan was injured last week against Texas A&M. He is expected to be back by Baylor's Nov. 12 game at Rice.

New tackle for Tech

ATLANTA _ Steve Jackson will start at right tackle against Maryland as Georgia Tech coach Bill Lewis tries to patch together an offensive line missing three starters.

Center Michael Cheever and tackles Jason Dukes and Ken Calaj are hurt.

Lewis said he will keep reserves in positions they are used to playing, but he will shuffle them if more injuries occur.

He will go with Curtis McGee at left tackle, Brian Bravy at left guard, Lee Patton at center and Chuck Vernau at right guard.

N.C. Central fined

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference fined North Carolina Central $200 for "inappropriate comments made to the media" by coach Larry Little after the Eagles' 35-19 loss to Howard.

N.C. Central athletic director Sandra Shuler said the fine would be passed along to Little, who coached last season at Bethune-Cookman.

Miss. St. stays put

STARKVILLE, Miss. _ Athletic director Larry Templeton says Mississippi State officials have turned down offers to move home games to Memphis, Tenn., and Jackson.

Templeton told the Clarion-Ledger that Mississippi State had an offer "in excess of $1-million" to move the Bulldogs' Nov.

5 home game against Arkansas to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis.

The athletic director also had discussions with stadium commissioners about moving games against LSU and Ole Miss to Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.