News Nuggets, 01.26.04
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High-flying Cards too much for
puts on Senior Bowl show for pro scouts... .. Frogs about to
hop to MWC?... .. Colorado, Colorado State confer on new
takes command of muscles and fitness for ECU football... ..
Alabama native Rivers finally plays at home... .. Phog
Fieldhouse mystique doesn't faze Spiders... ..
C-USA Senior Bowl mates on display for NFL scouts... .. Suit
claims Petrino reneged on scholarship... .. Majerus gets a
pass on discrimination charge... ..
was good year at ticket office for C-USA football... .. UNC-CH
brings in former Nebraska assistant... .. Diener on rebound
after neck injury... .. Cards make Cincy's first loss a
named league's best, ECU picked for upper division... ..
Diener goes down in Marquette loss to 49ers... .. Pitino
assistant pleads guilty to DUI... .. Foes feasting on
depleted South Florida... ..
2004 football slate includes journey to Greenville... ..
Even Hawaii's mascot draws fire for loutish antics... ..
Five C-USA, Carolinas juggernauts gang up in AP Top 10... ..
dies during Wesleyan-Shenandoah game... .. Louisville
assistant nabbed for DUI... .. Memphis adds three years to
Calipari pact... .. C-USA basketball standings & scoreboard... ..
CEO resigns over secretive plot to change coaches... .. Nutt
demands on-air apology from 'goofball' Alberts... .. Drunken
fan cuffed after beheading mascot... ..
absent as Louisville makes quick turnaround... .. Southern
Miss staggers No. 21 Marquette in Green Bay... .. Kentucky
fan gets 27-year exile for web recruiting operation... ..
Hawaii kiss and make up... .. Southern Miss in danger at
'home' in Green Bay... .. Basketball rules changes delayed... ..
KNOXVILLE — Louisville needed
a spark, and got it from the full-court press. Francisco Garcia scored 24
points Sunday night and the fifth-ranked Cardinals rallied in the second
half for their 15th straight victory, 65-62 over Tennessee.
Louisville (15-1) regained the
lead for the first time since the opening minutes and took control with a
12-0 run midway through the second half.
"They outplayed us most of the
game, but the flurry we had with our press was the key to the game. It
allowed us to maintain the lead down the stretch," coach Rick Pitino said.
For the third straight meeting
with Louisville, the Volunteers (10-5) kept the game close only to
eventually fall short. Tennessee blew an 11-point lead last year and lost on
a last-second shot the year before.
"We've danced to this song
before," Pitino said. Trailing by seven points, the Cardinals went on their
deciding run and led 48-43 with 8:28 left.
Tennessee, which could only
get as close as two points after Louisville's big run, had one last gasp in
the final seconds.
The Vols cut an eight-point lead to 62-59 on Justin Albrecht's 3-pointer
with 13 seconds left. Louisville's Taquan Dean, who didn't play in the
second half until the final minute because of a groin injury, made two free
throws. But Tennessee's Scooter McFadgon hit a 3 to make it 64-62 with 4.1
seconds to go.
Tennessee appeared to get a
break when Garcia looked as if he slipped out of bounds, but the Vols were
called for a foul and he made the last of two free throws to seal it and
hand Tennessee its third straight loss.
NCAA nixes FSU allegations against Gators
TALLAHASSEE — The NCAA and the Southeastern
Conference have cleared Florida of any wrongdoing following Florida State's
inquiry about possible recruiting violations, school officials said
FSU compliance coordinator Brian Battle had asked the NCAA last week to
render an opinion on whether certain recruiting activities conducted at
Florida were permitted under NCAA rules.
Battle said the Seminoles based their request on a story in Gator Bait
magazine, which reported that Florida recently put on an extravagant pregame
simulation for a group of football recruits.
The magazine reported that the recruits received personalized Gator jerseys
and rode a team bus with a police escort to the Gator Bowl. The recruits ran
onto the field, where they were greeted by band members and fans and had
their names displayed on the replay board.
The allegations came just weeks before national signing day, and in the
midst of the instate rivals' battle for several top recruits.
Florida officials confirmed they had been contacted by the NCAA and the SEC,
but compliance director Jamie McCloskey said neither organization found that
the Gators broke any rules.
C-USA basketball standings & scoreboard
STANDINGS THROUGH 01.25.04
Conference All Games
W L PCT W L PCT
Louisville 5 0
1.000 15 1 .938
Cincinnati 5 1
.833 14 1 .933
Saint Louis 4 1
.800 11 5 .688
4 1 .800 11 5 .688
3 2 .600 12 4 .750
2 .600 11 5 .688
3 .500 12 5 .706
3 3 .500 10 7 .588
Southern Miss 2 3 .400 9
Texas Christian 2 3 .400 6 10
1 4 .200 7 9 .438
South Florida 0 3 .000 6
0 4 .000 7 8 .467
East Carolina 0 5 .000 8
No games scheduled
Marquette 70, DePaul 62
Saint Louis 70, East Carolina 47
Cincinnati 83, Southern Miss 47
UAB 69, Charlotte 62
Memphis 64, Houston 48
Tulane 77, Savannah State 61
Louisville 65, Tennessee 62
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
South Florida at Memphis
Wednesday, January 28
East Carolina at Cincinnati
Houston at Louisville
Saint Louis at Charlotte
Southern Miss at Texas Christian
Tulane at UAB
Charlotte at Cincinnati
DePaul at East Carolina
Houston at South Florida
Marquette at Louisville
Memphis at Texas Christian
Saint Louis at UAB
Southern Miss at Tulane
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