ONE OF THE BOYS: "Pops" has gotten the green light from the NCAA to play football at South Carolina. Tim Frisby, the Gamecocks' 39-year-old walk-on receiver, was granted his eligibility by the NCAA and is expected to dress for the game with Troy on Saturday night.
"To say that I'm excited would be an understatement," said Frisby, who turns 40 in February. "I'm just so thankful that this request had a happy conclusion."
His status was on hold because of eligibility concerns with the NCAA Clearinghouse, which certifies eligibility and was not in existence when Frisby graduated from an Allentown, Pa., high school in 1983.
Frisby, nicknamed Pops by teammates, recently retired after 20 years in the U.S. Army. He served in Desert Storm and the Kosovo conflict. He also is the father of six children ranging from 16 to about six months. Coach Lou Holtz has joked that he loves having Frisby on the team because his family boosts game attendance. "He's going to play this year because he deserves to play," Holtz said.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
What is the name of the University of Texas mascot?
"I've got a dull head. That's a bit of jet lag and might obviously be a couple of glasses of champagne on Sunday night."
_ IAN POULTER after shooting 5-over 77 in the first round of the Heritage at Woburn, England, in something of a post-Ryder Cup slump
Bevo. The original debuted Thanksgiving Day in 1916.