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State shows up early on TV

Published Sep. 10, 2005

ESPN announced a partial college football schedule Tuesday, with Florida teams on national television four times early in the season.

ESPN2 will carry Florida's opener against Marshall Sept. 1 at 7:15 p.m.

Florida State appears twice, at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 against UAB on ESPN2 and at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 15 against Georgia Tech on ESPN.

Miami appears on ESPN's Thursday night package Sept. 27 at Pittsburgh.

As part of ESPN's new agreement to televise Conference USA games, ESPN2 will show Purdue at Cincinnati Sept. 2 and will start its package of weeknight games on Oct. 16 when ESPN2 televises Southern Miss at Louisville.

South Florida, which joins Conference USA for football in 2003, has three early-season games on ESPN Regional, which produces games shown by several channels. USF's opener against Northern Illinois will be shown, as will games Sept. 8 at Pittsburgh and Sept. 22 at Memphis. Channels for each game and other telecasts later in the season have not been announced.

BAYLOR: Sophomore linebacker Anthony Simmons was dismissed for violating football team policy. Coach Kevin Steele didn't disclose the nature of the violation.

CLEMSON: A basketball player tested positive for cocaine in March, according to test results the athletic department submitted to the school's trustees.

The school would not identify the player, whether the player was a man or woman or if the athlete was still on a team.

GEORGIA: Pete Dunn, who has coached at Stetson for 22 years, spoke with Bulldog officials in Athens about Georgia's baseball coach opening. Other candidates include Winthrop coach Joe Hudak, Minnesota coach John Anderson and Georgia assistant David Perno. Dunn has an 810-486 record and has taken the Hatters to 10 NCAA regionals.

INDIANA: A football player was charged with the rape of a woman he met at a sports bar.

Clarence Young, a reserve defensive back, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The Detroit native was released Monday from Monroe County Jail on $20,000 bond after his arrest Sunday.

The woman said Young accompanied her to her apartment early Sunday and raped her, Monroe County Prosecutor Carl Salzman said. The woman is an IU student.

LSU-VIRGINIA TECH: The schools agreed to open their football seasons against each other in 2002 and 2004.

The Tigers and Hokies meet for the first time on Aug. 31, 2002, in Blacksburg, Va., and again Sept. 4, 2004, in Tiger Stadium.

ESPN, which helped broker the deal, will show the games on one of its channels.

NEBRASKA: Tight end Aaron Golliday was hit in the face with a beer bottle in a parking lot last weekend, police said. He cut his lip and lost a tooth. Police had not located the attacker.

Also, the trial of Thunder Collins was delayed until Aug. 6. He is charged with assaulting his girlfriend and has pleaded innocent.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE: The school named 31-year-old Ron Strollo to head its sports programs, making him the youngest Division I athletic director in the nation.

He succeeds Jim Tressel, who left as AD and football coach in January to take over as coach at Ohio State.