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McMillan transfer gets UM approval

Miami running back Dyral McMillan, who plans to transfer to South Florida, was released from his scholarship Wednesday by coach Butch Davis.

The release allows McMillan to play at USF without having to sit out a year.

"I hope Dyral takes this opportunity to finish his education and get his degree," Davis said. "I am disappointed with his decision to transfer but look forward to the opportunity it will give some of our other players to step forward."

McMillan quit the team one week into spring drills in March, unhappy about his move from tailback to fullback.

The 5-foot-9, 210-pound Bradenton native rushed for 1,031 yards and seven touchdowns on 223 carries. He also had 18 receptions for 160 yards.

He had three 100-yard days, including a career-best 156 yards against The Citadel in 1996.

McMillan has two years of eligibility remaining. He was granted a medical redshirt last season after breaking his collarbone Sept. 18 against Pittsburgh.

FOOTBALL: The Bowl in Fresno, Calif., will announce today it will match either a Big East team or Notre Dame against the fifth choice from the Big 12, dropping its tie to the Western Athletic Conference. The WAC previously had a team paired with a sixth team from the Big 12 in the game. The league has subsidized the financially struggling game, formerly known as the Copper Bowl, with $250,000 each of the past two seasons. North Carolina and North Carolina State have virtually completed plans to play the next two games in their rivalry in Charlotte. A formal announcement is set for Monday at Ericsson Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers and the site of the two games.

BASKETBALL: Prosecutors waited until after Kentucky's men won the NCAA championship before pursuing point guard Wayne Turner in a hit-and-run accident that happened nearly seven months earlier. "If it had been a murder charge, (Turner's importance to the team) damn well would not have played a role," Fayette County Attorney Margaret Kannensohn told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "But I knew where the guy was, and he wasn't an ax murderer or anything. So what's the big deal?" Turner was driving a 1983 Toyota Corolla that hit an occupied vehicle about 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 then left the scene, abandoned the car he was driving and ran, according to court documents. The Pac-10 is investigating allegations that prized USC recruit Sam Clancy might have received financial payments. Penn State point guard Dan Earl has received a sixth year of eligibility and will return to the team.

GOLF: Florida women's coach Kim Haddow has resigned "for personal and family reasons," effective immediately. She will be paid the remainder of her contract, which runs through June 1999. Assistant Coach Kelly Meyers will handle the team the remainder of the season. The Gators were awarded a berth in the NCAA East Region May 7-9 in Durham, N.C.

NEW MEXICO STATE: The school is eliminating men's track and swimming in an attempt to save $250,000 annually. The program cuts were expected to reduce the athletic department's budget deficit by at least two-thirds, athletic director Jim Paul said.