Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Ohio State officials apologize to Texas fans
ESPN.com news services
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,"
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
The Wildcats (1-1) host Purdue (1-0) Saturday in Tucson.
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
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."
For nearly two decades, Indiana fans could always
count on meeting Kentucky in football each year. Next season, that
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
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.