News Nuggets, 11.19.03
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Bowden still under the gun at Clemson
catching flack over 'bonehead' play... .. Southern Cal, TCU
slip in BCS standings... .. Players of the week... ..
Associated Press basketball poll... ..
football weekend: The good, the bad, the ugly... ..
Conference USA standings, scores and schedule... .. AP and
Coaches poll... ..
briefs from around Conference USA... .. Main cog in
Cardinals' ground game out of action... .. North Texas locks
in bowl bid versus C-USA foes... ..
TV capsule: N.C. State at Florida State... .. Snapshot of
the Heisman chase... .. Signing Day nets three for Lady
books gains recognition for Rimpf, Hourigan... .. Parker
shines in midseason scrimmage... .. Pirates ring up another
exhibition hoops rout... .. Boy Scouts join USM in Battle
for the Bell... .. Surgery no problem for Deacs' Downey in
win over Memphis... ..
welcome Holcomb-Faye and Stars... .. Deacs limp into Garden
to face Memphis... .. Heisman chase still motivates Rivers... ..
bolt on heels of 49ers... .. Revived Clemson takes lesson to
heart... .. Seven C-USA, Carolinas teams land in preseason
basketball rankings... ..
wins academic realignment war... .. 49ers headed to A-10,
Billikens set to follow... .. Coach of beleaguered UCF
football program dismissed... ..
football weekend: The good, the bad, the ugly... ..
Conference USA standings, scores and schedule... ..
Associated Press writers and USA Today/ESPN coaches polls... ..
briefs from around C-USA... .. Charlotte hoops teams invite
fans 'Uptown'... .. Lengthy absence expected for Tar Heel
CLEMSON — Two big wins and a fifth-straight
bowl trip haven't eased the pressure on Clemson coach Tommy Bowden. Despite
the program's first win over Florida State in 14 years and a 40-7 win over
Duke that put the Tigers in line for the Gator or Peach Bowl, Bowden showed
signs Tuesday that his shaky job status had taken its toll.
Bowden, who closes his fifth regular season
Saturday night against South Carolina, was asked whether he thought he would
return to Clemson. Several seconds elapsed and Bowden's chin began to
quiver. "Those questions you would have to direct elsewhere," Bowden said.
Questions continued. Had athletic director
Terry Don Phillips told him that he would not be retained? "You're asking
the wrong guy," Bowden said.
Was he planning to leave for another job?
"I'm headed full speed to beat South Carolina," said Bowden, voice cracking
and eyes moist.
Phillips, who typically meets with
reporters Tuesday, went home sick with the flu, sports information director
Tim Bourret said.
Bowden is 36-24 and the only Tigers coach
to qualify for a bowl game in each of his first five seasons. However, it
wouldn't be the first time Clemson (7-4) sent a winning coach packing — or
let one go before the annual season-ending rivalry.
Rice coach Ken Hatfield finished an 8-3
regular season with a 16-13 win over the Gamecocks in 1993. But he and the
school agreed to separate the next week, ending a four-year stint in which
Hatfield went 33-13-1 and brought Clemson its last Atlantic Coast Conference
Five years ago, Memphis coach Tommy West,
then at Clemson, asked AD Bobby Robinson to clarify his status a few days
before facing South Carolina at Death Valley. West got the news that his
fifth season, in which the Tigers went 3-8, would be his last and it became
public. The Tigers responded with a rousing 28-19 victory over South
Carolina and West, his wife and young son were carried off the field.
Phillips has said no one win, such as the
26-10 victory over then No. 3 Florida State, or one loss will determine
Bowden's fate. Phillips, hired nearly 18 months ago, has repeatedly said he
and Bowden will meet after the regular season.
Holtz detractors overruled by Gamecocks
COLUMBIA — Lou Holtz and South Carolina
(5-6) have lost three straight, and the Gamecocks are in danger of missing
the postseason for the second-straight year. A Web site,
www.firelouholtz.com, has popped up.
That hasn't fazed Gamecocks athletic
director Mike McGee, who extended Holtz's contract Tuesday by one year
through 2008. The move gives Holtz five years on his deal, worth about
$800,000 a season.
McGee, head football coach at East Carolina
in 1970, said South Carolina's future "could not be more promising." The
Gamecocks have lost by three points or fewer this season to three top-15
teams — Tennessee, Mississippi and Florida.
"After back-to-back top-10 recruiting
classes, there is still work to be done towards achieving the goal of
becoming a championship-caliber program," McGee said. "We have full
confidence that under Coach Holtz's leadership, this goal can be
The Gamecocks (5-6) play Clemson at
Williams-Brice Stadium in their season-ending rivalry Saturday night. South
Carolina needs a victory to qualify for the postseason for the third time in
Holtz's five years.
Holtz is 27-31 since taking the job in
1999, and suffering through an 0-11 start.
Tonight's Marshall at Central Florida TV capsule
ESPN, 7:30 p.m.
Marshall (6-4) at Central Florida (3-7)
Opening Line: OFF.
Series Record: Marshall leads 1-0.
Last Meeting: 2002, Marshall, 26-21.
WHAT TO WATCH: What was supposed to be a
showcase game between two Mid-American Conference contenders is now a
meeting of also-rans. Marshall's once-promising season fell apart after the
Thundering Herd upset Kansas State, while UCF never really got started, and
wound up firing coach Mike Kruczek last week. UCF has suspended eight
players for disciplinary reasons in the last two weeks, including former
starting QB Ryan Schneider. Running backs coach Alan Gooch will take over as
interim coach. Marshall has been up and down under QB Graham Gochneaur, who
took over for good when Stan Hill had surgery for a torn knee ligament.
Gochneaur has six TD passes and 910 yards passing this season. Marshall WR
Darius Watts is the MAC's career leader with 46 TD catches, and could have
another big game against UCF. The Golden Knights will start freshman Steven
Moffett at QB. He made his first start last week, throwing for just 46 yards
in the Knights' 19-13 loss at Eastern Michigan.
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Marshall has won
five of the past six MAC titles. ... Herd coach Bob Pruett has the nation's
best winning percentage (86-17, .835) among coaches with at least five years
in Division I-A. ... A win would give Marshall its 20th consecutive winning
season. ... Both teams are leaving the league altogether in 2005 to join
More suspensions rock UCF football program
ORLANDO — Central Florida suspended
cornerback Marcus Glover and defensive lineman Dwight Perkins for the
remainder of the season Tuesday for violating team rules.
UCF has suspended eight players in the last two weeks. Glover had seven
tackles and a pass break-up while Perkins did not see any playing time this
The off-field problems were one reason for the firing last week of head
coach Mike Kruczek. He was replaced by running backs coach Alan Gooch.
Gooch makes his debut Wednesday night when the Golden Knights (3-7) host
Marshall in a nationally televised game.
Starting quarterback Ryan Schneider was among six players previously
suspended for disciplinary reasons. Schneider and three others were
suspended for the season. Another player, cornerback Omar Laurence, has been
suspended indefinitely pending criminal charges that he brought a gun on
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