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LSU QB says critics may force him out

Beleaguered LSU quarterback Jamie Howard, a three-year starter, says he probably won't play next year.

Howard, who signed a $450,000 contract with the Atlanta Braves in 1992, plans to play baseball full time next year.

His inconsistent play and widespread criticism from fans has troubled him. He was booed last week at Tiger Stadium when he trotted onto the field.

Jackson, McCorvey finalists

TALLAHASSEE _ The Tallahassee Quarterback Club announced the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award for the nation's best receiver.

They are: Bobby Engram, Penn State; Joey Galloway, Ohio State; Eddie Goines, North Carolina State; Brice Hunter, Georgia; Jack Jackson, Florida; Derrick Mayes, Notre Dame; Kez McCorvey, Florida State; Frank Sanders, Auburn; Amani Toomer, Michigan; and Michael Westbrook, Colorado.

Auburn No. 1 in fans' poll

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Auburn is No. 1 in at least one poll.

That's where the Tigers are ranked by the Association of College Football Fans, which is run by a high school algebra teacher in Nashville, Tenn., and includes a few hundred people around the country willing to spend $25 to be part of his organization.

Pitt apologizes for slurs

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. _ Pitt athletic director Oval Jaynes has sent letters of apology to West Virginia officials for hillbilly humor directed at Mountaineer fans last week.

Throughout the game, West Virginia fans were the subjects of jokes by the public-address announcer and the Panther mascot.