In the name of good relations with ESPN, South Florida agreed to postpone a sure sellout basketball home game with the University of Florida this season until Dec.
8, 2001, athletic director Paul Griffin said Thursday.
The Bulls were scheduled to host the Gators on either Nov. 30, Dec. 2 or Dec. 5. Florida, however, got the chance to play national champion Michigan State in a rematch of the title game and was forced to bump a non-conference game. ESPN called USF and asked if it would be accommodating.
"The thing is that ESPN is the big dog," Griffin said.
USF, which could have held the Gators to their commitment, agreed to put off the game until the next season. Instead, the Dec. 9 game between USF and Texas will be on ESPN nationally.
As compensation, the Bulls also are hoping ESPN will televise the Conference-USA home game scheduled for the Thursday before the Super Bowl.
"They have indicated that it's their intention to give us another televised game and that could be part of their Super Bowl weekend package," Griffin said.
PC players expelled
PROVIDENCE: The college's president upheld a disciplinary committee's decision to expel three players accused of assaulting three students off-campus last month.
Donta Wade, 21, of Huntington, W.Va., a starter who scored 38 points against Notre Dame last season; and reserves Jamaal Camah, 23, of Lynn, Mass., and David Murray, 22, of the Bronx, N.Y., are barred from returning for their senior year, their lawyers confirmed.
The college said that in addition to the three dismissals, one student was exonerated after appealing to the vice president for student affairs, one will be on disciplinary probation for a year, and three others will be on personal probation for two years.
Wade, Murray and Llewellyn Cole, 24, a fifth-year senior whose eligibility to play for the Friars has expired, are charged with two counts of felony assault and one felony count of conspiracy in the April 10 incident. Camah is charged with simple assault.
Investigators said the players went to the apartment of Thomas Cook, 22, a Providence senior and a bouncer at a local bar, to confront him after Cook removed Murray from a bar days earlier. A melee ensued and Cook suffered a broken nose and a fractured jaw, requiring surgery. Cook's housemate, Mark Hogan, 22, suffered severe injuries to his cheekbone and eye socket and also required surgery, the police have said. Another housemate, Ryan Kerwin, 22, said he was punched by Camah and fell.
ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK: The school promoted Porter Moser to coach, nine days after former NBA star Sidney Moncrief resigned to take a job with the Mavericks.
DEPAUL: Marlon London, who played two seasons at Kansas, has transferred.
MICHIGAN: At least two former players have been ordered to testify before a federal grand jury probing a former booster's alleged links to illegal gambling, their attorney says. Steven Fishman said Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock have been subpoenaed to testify in an investigation into Ed Martin. Traylor plays for the Bucks. Bullock was cut by the Magic during camp.
MINNESOTA: The school expects to respond before the July 12 deadline to an official NCAA inquiry into reports of academic fraud in the men's program. The university learned Wednesday the NCAA found enough evidence of rules violations to warrant an inquiry.
The potential violations showed "a lack of appropriate institutional control and monitoring in the conduct and administration of the institution's athletic programs," the NCAA said.
The inquiry was expected since an academic cheating scandal broke last spring. The university began its own investigation after former tutor Jan Gangelhoff said she wrote more than 400 papers for as many as 20 players between 1993 and 1998. In November, investigators produced a 2,500-page report, finding "systematic, widespread academic misconduct in the men's basketball program" involving at least 18 players.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: A player was charged with sexually assaulting a 46-year-old woman in his dormitory room. Atilla Cosby, 22, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse.
_ Information from Times wires was used in this report.