The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 31, 1996 · Page 20
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 20

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, October 31, 1996
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P4I THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL Four Texas players Top teams expected to have it easy met with agent, will not start Si By The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Texas coach John Mackovic on Wednesday said four Longhorns players met with an agent on Sunday but no apparent violations of NCAA rules occurred. Mackovic said the four players — receiver Mike Adams, corner- back Bryant Westbrook and safeties Tre Thomas and Chris Carter — would be held out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Baylor after confirming that they met with an agent at a luxury hotel in Austin. The players are not suspended, however, and could well see playing time in the Baylor game, Mackovic said. "We have been investigating, and we think we have most of the information," Mackovic said late Wednesday. "We have reported it to the NCAA. At this point, we don't feel that it's a violation of NCAA regulations, and based upon that, we don't think it's appropriate to suspend the players." Said Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds: "We have sought an interpretation from the NCAA and expect their response in the next 24 hours." David Berst, head of the NCAA's enforcement division, said, "Student athletes are permitted to meet with agents but are not permitted to agree orally or in writing to be represented by an agent, and they may not receive any cash or material benefits from agents." Mackovic said he was disappointed in the players' judgment, meeting with the agent just one day after a difficult 28-24 loss at Colorado. "In light of our circumstances of having just lost a really big game and the fact that we were trying to get started again on a new, fresh start, I think it was just bad judgment on their part/' Mackovic said. "At this point, we are going to move forward." Florida, Ohio State, Nebraska favored by nearly five touchdowns By RICHARD ROSENBLATT Tlie Associated Press If the oddsmakers are on their game, the nation's top eight teams should have little trouble remaining the nation's' top eight teams. No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Nebraska are favored by nearly five touchdowns each on Saturday, while No. 4 Arizona State, No. 7 Colorado and No. 8 North Carolina are favored by more than three TDs apiece. Florida State and Tennessee, meanwhile, are favored only by two-plus TDs — the No. 3 Seminoles are at Georgia Tech and the No. 6 Vols are at South Carolina. In typical coachspeak fashion, Nebraska's Tom Osborne dismissed the fact his team should breeze past Oklahoma (2-5) in their annual showdown. "We expect a tough game and we need to prepare well for them," Osborne said. "I think we will. I think we'll play well." True, this rivalry has decided many a Big Eight championship. But the teams are now part of the Big 12 and the Sooners, under first-year coach John Blake, are not in the same class with the Huskers this season. The Gators, led by Danny Wuerffel and a tenacious defense, play SEC foe Georgia (3-4) as the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" returns to Jacksonville and a renovated Gator Bowl. Florida has outscored its last two opponents — Top 25 teams LSU and Auburn — 107-23, but Gators coach Steve Spurrier never worries about points. Last year, Florida threw a TD pass in the closing minutes of a 52-17 rout of the Bulldogs. "I don't think we've ever run the score up against Georgia, although some of their players thought we did one year because we threw a pass in the fourth quarter,'' Spurrier said. "We don't go into any game worrying what the score is going to be. We just concern ourselves with playing our best for the entire game." No. 1 Florida (minus 34) vs. Georgia (at Jacksonville, Fla.) Once a great rivalry, this game returns to Jacksonville, and-Gators will'be the only ones celebrating.... FLORIDA 56-14. Minnesota (plus 34) at No. 2 Ohio State Golden Gophers need two wins in four games to save Jim Wacker's job.... OHIO STATE 5213. No. 3 Florida State (minus 19) at Georgia Tech Second and final trip out of Florida for Seminoles — watch outl... FLORIDA STATE 31-24. No. 4 Arizona State (minus 231/2) at Oregon State Jake Plummer can put up hefty numbers in another ASU tuneup.... ARIZONA STATE 4914. No. 5 Nebraska (minus 351/2) at Oklahoma As long as Huskers don't fumble NEBRASKA 45-17. No. 6 Tennessee (minus 17) at South Carolina Two days after Halloween, Gamecocks' Boo Williams could put scare in orange-clad Vols.... TENNESSEE 35-25. No. 7 Colorado (minus 211/2) at Missouri Detmer or Hessler? Does it really matter for Buffaloes?... COLORADO 41-14. North Carolina State (plus 26) at No. 8 North Carolina Wolfpack has won four of last five games at Chapel Hill.... NORTH CAROLINA 28-0. Michigan State (plus 81/2) at No. 9 Michigan Spartans can score and Wolverines ripe for upset.... MICHIGAN STATE 27-24. No. 11 Northwestern (plus 10) at No. 15 Penn State Wildcats' last Big Ten loss was to Nittany Lions — in 1994.... PENN STATE 31-24. Texas-El Paso (plus 301/2) at No. 13 Brlgham Young BYU has won last nine meetings; UTEP has lost 15 straight WAC road games.... BRIGHAM YOUNG 55-14. No. 16 Virginia (minus 24) at Duke Cavs have perfect team to rebound against after loss to Seminoles.... VIRGINIA 42-10. Southern Methodist (plus 141/2) at No. 17 Wyoming Cowboys shoot for 12th straight after a week off. ...WYOMING 49-21. Syracuse (minus 21/2) at No. 18 West Virginia Orangemen hot on offense, Mountaineers cold on offense.... SYRACUSE 27-17. No. 19 Notre Dame (minus 17) vs. Navy (at Dublin, Ireland) If Irish can't win in Ireland ... NOTRE DAME 31-21. No. 20 Utah (minus 5) at Rice QB Mike Fouts Is the difference as Utes go for eighth straight win.... UTAH 35-28. No. 21 Washington (plus 3) at Southern California Last four meetings decided by seven points or less.... USC 34-27. No. 22 Miami (no line) at Temple Does it really matter who's injured for Hurricanes? ... MIAMI 42-7. Cincinnati (plus 11) at No. 23 Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles have six-game winning streak. ... SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 3313. Arkansas (plus 16) at No. 24 Auburn Year after playing in SEC title game, Hogs could go wlnless In league. ... AUBURN 4914. No. 25 Iowa (mlnuj 10) at Illinois Is coach Lou Tepper on his way out in Champaign?... IOWA 27-21. T PRO FOOTBALL Chiefs trying to put distractions aside QB controversy, unhappy running back, blocking techniques among woes By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Outside Arrowhead Stadium, fans are seething. The Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) have lost three of their last four games and quarterback Steve Bono has been inconsistent. Inside, the Chiefs and their embattled quarterback insist all is well. "I feel like I'm going along pretty good," said Bono, who threw two end zone interceptions during the Chiefs' 34-7 loss to Denver last week and has a quarterback rating of 72.3,13th in the AFC. "I think things are coming along pretty good. We're heading in the right direction," he said. Coach Marty Schottenheimer said Bono did a pretty good job against Denver and said he's not contemplating a switch. "We lost to Pittsburgh. We don't do real well and we lost 17-7," he said. "The next week (a 34-16 victory over Seattle), we played pretty well and nobody talks about Steve Bono. Now all of a sudden they are back on it. He's the target." Nevertheless, fans are clamoring for Schottenheimer to bench Bono and give backup Rich Gannon the start this week against his old team, the Minnesota Vikings. "Yes, I am aware of it," Bono said. "I try not to pay much attention to it. It seems to be surrounding me more and more. But it's only coming from the outside, so it doesn't matter." Bono, throwing to a receiver corps that's been crippled by injuries, has hit 151 of 276 passes for 1,611 yards and nine touchdowns. He's also thrown seven interceptions. "The people in this locker room and the coaches upstairs are still with me, and that's all that matters," he said. He said he never listens to the sports talk shows. "Absolutely not," he said. "I used to not read newspapers. Now I don't listen to the radio or look at television or any of that stuff." T BASEBALL "I think things are coming along pretty good. We're heading in the right direction." Steve Bono Chiefs quarterback Gannon, who was a starter for Minnesota from 1990-92, is not lobbying for the job. "I'm just saying I've been in both situations. I've been the starter and I've been the guy who hasn't been the starter," he said. "I was in a situation in 1992 when (the Vikings) had a three-game lead in the NFC Central. They decided to make a quarterback change at halftime of a game we were losing I think 14-0. That team was never the same again. "I think everybody's in shock because we've lost three of four, and we are, too. But we're working to rectify the situation." Besides the quarterback controversy, the Chiefs also have an unhappy running back in Greg Hill, who was not activated for the Denver game. And they've got a controversy surrounding cornerback Dale Carter, who's been accused of questionable blocking techniques. "One thing we've got going for us is this is a mature team," said guard Dave Szott, who's having the best season of his seven-year career .-"The guys are all sticking together." Szott said there's ho quarterback controversy within the team. "Steve's the man," he said. "We've just got to try to help him perform and keep guys off of him." Chiefs signings Tight end Luther Morris and wide receiver Terence Davis were signed to the practice squad by the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday. They replace cornerback Dorian Brew, who was signed by the Baltimore Ravens, and wide receiver Michael Watkins, who was waived. Phillies name Francona By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA —Terry Francona, named Philadelphia Phillies manager on Wednesday, said he wants his team to overachieve next season, which is probably the only way it will be any better than the past three seasons. The Phillies, 190-231 since winning an unexpected NL pennant in 1993, will go with prospects in 1997, and aren't expect- FRANCONA ed to spend large sums on veteran free agents who could provide immediate help. "It's not starting over, it's a different direction," Francona said after general manager Lee Thomas an- notinced the selection in the Phillies clubhouse. "There are going to be a lot of young faces. There's going to be some rough spots." Francona, who has a two-year deal that will pay him $600,000, is used to rough spots. He was third- base coach last season for the Detroit Tigers, who were 53--109. "We knew on Sept. 1 we were four games behind you guys and we thought we could catch you," Francona said when asked if he was aware of the Phillies' 67-95 mark last season. That didn't happen. The Phillies were 13-13 in September, but still finished with the National League's worst record. Thomas chose Francona over former Phillies shortstop Larry Bowa, who will not return as third-base coach, and former Kansas City Royals manager Hal McRae, who may become the Phillies' hitting coach. Navel Oranges 35 C Golden Delicious Apples English Walnut Mixed Nuts Nuts 1 39 Ib. Pecans "2 Brazil Peanuts Raw Roasted Roasted & Salted Bananas Coconuts Grapefrui Pineapple Red or White Grapes Pears BUILDING MATERIAL WAREHOUSE 2450 S. 9th St. Sallna, KS 67401 827-8774 Mon.-Sat.7:30am-9pm Sun. 9 am-5 pm

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