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Wednesday, September 14, 2005
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Ohio State: Ohio State officials said they apologized in e-mails to Texas fans that complained about being harassed while visiting for last Saturday's game.

Athletics Director Gene Smith said he responded to about a dozen e-mails from visitors who said Ohio State fans were drunk, violent and used foul language.

A spokeswoman said Ohio State President Karen Holbrook also responded to several dozen complaints from University of Texas fans. One reply ended up in a blog on an Austin newspaper's Web site.

Holbrook wrote that the university has been trying to change its culture from being disrespectful to welcoming, but work still needs to be done.

Michigan: Michigan coach Lloyd Carr wants the chance to ask to have plays reviewed with instant replay the way pro coaches do.

"If some things are reviewed and some aren't, then you have controversy and the whole purpose of this thing was to avoid controversy," Carr said after Saturday's 17-10 loss to Notre Dame.

Carr didn't disagree with two plays that were overturned in the final minutes. A review of one play showed that quarterback Chad Henne had fumbled the ball away at the goal line. A second review determined that Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn's knee was down before he fumbled.

Carr believed that Henne scored on an earlier play, but since coaches aren't permitted to request a review the play stood.

"I certainly would have asked for that play to be reviewed," Carr said.

Tulane: Tulane athletes will wear a special patch this year to commemorate the upheaval of Hurricane Katrina.

The patch is based on a slogan used by university president Dr. Scott Cowen who wants them to "carry the torch, be the face and represent the name" of Tulane for the upcoming seasons while its students, faculty and staff remain displaced by the hurricane.

Tulane teams across all sports will wear a commemorative patch illustrating those three points throughout the 2005-06 academic year. The Green Wave football team will be the first to wear the patch when it takes on Mississippi State this weekend in Shreveport, La. in the first game of 2005.

"This logo embodies our current focus," said Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson. "We said from the beginning that traditional scorecards are out the window as far as Tulane athletics is concerned this year. This is our goal, to get back in the game, to persevere and to accomplish this mission of representing our university and our community."

The patch, is in the shape of Tulane University's primary logo, the "Shield." A thick green outline carries the words "The Torch, The Face, The Name."

Inside the green outline is a torch above an image of the skyline of New Orleans, dominated by the Louisiana Superdome. The words "Tulane University, 2005" are above that image.

Arizona: Receiver B.J. Vickers is no longer with the Wildcats.

The reasons behind the junior college transfer's departure from the team were not released. Coach Mike Stoops would only say: "B.J. Vickers is no longer a part of our team."

Vickers caught 67 passes for more than 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns in two seasons at Santa Monica Junior College. He had been listed as a possible starter before Arizona's opener against Utah.

The Wildcats (1-1) host Purdue (1-0) Saturday in Tucson.

Northwestern: Northwestern senior receiver Mark Philmore is taking time off from football for personal reasons, Wildcats coach Randy Walker said Wednesday.

Philmore won't participate in team-related activities for an unspecified amount of time, which means he won't make the trip to Arizona State for Saturday's game, Walker said in a statement.

Philmore, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, ranks ninth at Northwestern in career receptions with 113. He has caught a pass in all 31 career games.

Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt will honor running back Kwane Doster, who was shot to death in the offseason, with a ceremony at halftime of its home opener against Mississippi on Saturday.

Doster was killed in his hometown of Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 26, 2004. The 2002 Southeastern Conference freshman of the year would have been a senior this season and the starting tailback.

"We are not going to bring his number out of retirement until his eligibility is up," said linebacker Herdley Harrison, a close friend of Doster's. "We consider him on the roster. He's definitely a part of our team."

Indiana-Kentucky: For nearly two decades, Indiana fans could always count on meeting Kentucky in football each year. Next season, that will change.

Officials from the athletic departments at Kentucky and Indiana -- which meet Saturday in Bloomington -- decided not to renew the contract that has kept the neighboring state rivals playing annually since 1987. Kentucky's 2006 schedule is already set, and Indiana isn't on it.

"I think it gives both schools an opportunity to go out and play someone different," Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said this week.

Kentucky has won nine of the last 10 games, including three straight. The schools have played 35 times since 1893, with the series at 17-17-1.