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Darling family files lawsuit in son's death

The attorney for the parents of Devaughn Darling finally served the state with a wrongful death lawsuit late Monday night. The state has 30 days to answer the complaint that was filed six weeks ago.

No law firm has been hired to represent FSU and the state. But FSU general counsel Richard McFarlain has such high regard for the Darlings' attorney, Willie E. Gary, that he wrote the Department of Risk Management to "strongly recommend that someone of equal stature be retained to represent FSU in this matter."

Gary has a track record for big paydays for his clients, mostly through settlements.

POLL FAVORS McGAHEE: The Heisman race just gets crazier and crazier.

Miami running back Willis McGahee maintained his lead in this week's Scripps Howard News Service Heisman Trophy poll, but not by much. Colorado's Chris Brown, who moved up to second ahead of Hurricanes quarterback Ken Dorsey, received 26 points this week to McGahee's 31. Brown received two first-place votes, McGahee one.

Dorsey, who had three first-place votes, dropped to third. Marshall's Byron Leftwich is fourth, followed by Iowa's Brad Banks.

UCF: The Golden Knights are looking to keep their division title hopes alive in the Mid-American Conference East this week when it plays at Miami (Ohio) at 1 Saturday.

Central Florida would move into a tie for first with a win over the RedHawks and a Marshall loss at Ohio. It would need a win over Ohio and a Marshall loss to Ball State the next week to win the division.

The loser of the UCF-Miami game would be eliminated from title contention.

"There are a few things that motivate this football team, and the opportunity to be a part of the MAC championship is a goal these guys set before the season," coach Mike Kruczek said. "We want to send a message to the entire conference that we have a competitive football team whether we are playing at home or on the road, and obviously we would like to do it against this football team this week."

The RedHawks, coming off a last-minute loss at Marshall on national television Nov. 12, also have a chance to win the division.

"Miami is a great team," quarterback Ryan Schneider said. "We are going to have to prove to them that we are good enough to be in the conference. We are going to have to go out there and earn their respect."

Sunshine will televise the game.

_ Staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.