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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY. DECEMBER 5, 1997 5C College football Stoops not interested in Razorbacks Green Fees Only' From $165.00 3 Gators Florida's defensive coordinator doesn't plan on leaving Gainesville any time soon. By Andrea Szulszteyn Special to the Palm Beach Post GAINESVILLE Florida defensive coordinator Bob Stoops has declined to interview for Arkansas' vacant head coaching job, saying A Future for the Everglades? As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Everglades National Park, we wonder: can alligators, Indian tribes and developers really share this ecosystem? I he Falm Beach ftjst meet Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla. "I'm not aware that we've accepted a bid," Penn State Sports Information Director Jeff Nelson told The Associated Press Thursday night. "It was my understanding in speaking with Citrus Bowl officials earlier this week that they were not going to be making a decision until Sunday." Florida Athletic director Jeremy Foley said the Gators has not yet accepted an invitation. B Recruiting news: The Gators received three verbal commitments two this week from recruits who would bolster a secondary losing four players to graduation at the end of the year and a kicker Thursday night Marquis Westbrook from Crisp County High School in Cordele, Ga.( said late Wednesday he would attend Florida in the fall. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound defensive back will not make his official visit until Jan. 23, but picked Florida over Florida State and Kentucky. "Coach Stoops told me that they were losing a lot of seniors and I think that played a big part in my decision," Westbrook said. Meanwhile, Tabious Carter committed to UF last week. Carter, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound linebackersafety, played at Fort Valley Peach County High (Ga.), the same high school as receiver Jacquez Green. MRA ne is happy where he is. Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles had gotten permission from Florida coach Steve Spurrier to set up an interview with Stoops earlier this week. But Stoops doesn't want to leave Gainesville just yet. "I very much appreci- process. My family and I are extremely happy at the University of Florida and I feel I have one of the truly great assistant coaching jobs in the nation." The Arkansas job opened up on Saturday when coach Danny Ford was fired after consecutive 4-7 seasons. Boise State's Houston Nutt is rumored to be the front-runner for the job. This is not the first head coaching list Stoops has been on. Last week Texas showed an interest in hiring Stoops after it fired coach John Mackovic. Stoops always has maintained his desire to stay at Florida. This season, the Gator defense set a new sack record (50) and are second in the nation in rushing defense. D Report says UF to meet Penn State in Citrus: Penn State and Florida will play in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day, according to a published report. But both schools are denying a deal has been. Citing an unidentified source close to the Citrus Bowl, the Reading (Pa.) Eagle and Reading Times reported that the 12th-ranked Nittany Lions (9-2) and No. 6 Gators (9-2) will THE GOLF STORE All our Clubs are wade to fit You Vile Otter a Full Repair Service CHRISTMAS SPECIALS that the University of Ar- M0PS kansas expressed earlier this week when determining my initial level of interest in interviewing for the head coaching job," Stoops said in a statement. "I have informed them, however, that I am not interested in going through the interview Loose Lies, the most talked about club, 3, 5 and 7 . 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It culminated a hectic recruiting experi ence for Mays, considered one of the state's top quarterback prospects who was pursued by several Division I schools. After Mays' top college choices Purdue, Georgia Tech and Tulane rescinded their offers when they received commitments from other quarterback recruits, Mays committed to Central Florida. A few days later Mays backed off his commitment after a visit from Williams, who signed Mays on Feb. 5. Mays was not surprised that Williams left after one season. "I knew (Grambling) wanted him," Mays said. "It was obvious he had the job." the 12 years before Dickerson's arrival, the Owls went 52-90. At North Alabama, Wallace's teams captured three Gulf South Conference championships, earned six berths in the NCAA Division II playoffs and won three consecutive national titles, from 1993 to 1995. D Bower talking to Arkansas: Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower confirmed that he plans to talk to Arkansas officials about the coaching vacancy there. Arkansas, looking for a replacement for Danny Ford, who was fired Saturday, received permission from Southern Miss Athletic Director Bill McLellan to speak with Bower. MAC title on line: Marshall, in its first year in Division I-A, will host Toledo in today's MidAmerican Conference championship game at Huntington, W.Va. The game features Marshall's Randy Moss, one of the top receivers in the country. The winner goes to the Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26 in Pontiac, Mich., against an opponent to be announced. Dial one, easy-to-remember local number to enjoy a great weekend rate on a late model, air-conditioned car. There are over 80 convenient South Florida locations and rates are honored with an advance reservation. 'Applies to an economy-size car rented Irom Friday to 10 AM Monday lor a 3 day total ot '41.97 including 1000 FREE miles. Taxes, excess miles .20per mile and optional damage waiver '15.99 or less per day are extra. Availability is limited and restrictions apply. Call lor details. Valid at South Florida locations only. WEEKEND RATES DO NOT APPLY AT MIAMI AIRPORT OR MONROE COUNTY LOCATIONS Palm Beach Post Wire Services CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Mack Brown, who spent 10 years building North Carolina into a football power, resigned Thursday and will try to return Texas to the prominence it once enjoyed. Brown, whose No. 7 Tar Heels are candidates for an alliance bowl berth, will inherit a Longhorns team that went 4-7 this season, leading to John Mackovic's dismissal last month. "We've had a good run. We've had a good stay," Brown said. "There's not any reason for me to leave here. I think it's the challenge of starting over I never thought I'd leave here." Brown reportedly will receive $625,000 per year at Texas, considerably more than his base salary at North Carolina of $165,000, not including TV, radio and shoe deals. Brown was 69-46-1 at North Carolina, which went 10-2 last year and made it to the Gator Bowl. The Tar Heels are 10-1 this season. Carolina's 45 wins in the past five years are second-best in the ACC, behind Florida State. The Tar Heels have made five consecutive bowl appearances, winning three. Williams back home: Doug Williams was introduced as successor to Eddie Robinson as head coach at Grambling State. Enterprise 1 sop rent-a-car Eli Pick Enterprise. We'll pick you up "My advice to Doug is simple," Robinson said. "Great coaches surround themselves with great athletes. That's the main secret to winning." Temple turns to Div. II coach: Bobby Wallace, who built North Alabama into a Division II power, was hired as coach at Temple. Wallace succeeds Ron Dicker-son, who resigned last month with an 8-47 record in five seasons. In "This might be the most significant day of my life and career as far as football goes," said Williams, who was an All-America quarterback at Grambling. "You can't understand what it means unless you went to Grambling and bleed black and gold." Williams becomes Grambling's first new football coach since 1941. Robinson retired last weekend with 408 victories more than any other college coach. Picture Your Classic Car Here If you missed it last year, here's your chance to be a part of an unforgettable weekend of tennis! On Saturday, The Post's DRIVEWAYS section showcases a classic car. Show off your restored beauty. Send a non-returnable photo of your car and all the details to: Mike Hetherington, Marketing Dept., The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, "TirsT- -, West Palm Beach. feiHH eatl ibst FL 33416. 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