Originally created 08/30/98

College notes: Williams incident remains non-issue with Tech players

Georgia Tech athletics director Dave Braine called it an honest mistake.

Calvin Williams would disagree.

Regardless, quarterback Joe Hamilton said the incident involving Tech coach George O'Leary's improper loan to ex-player C.J. Williams -- Calvin's son -- has not had any ill effects on the team thus far.

"It's not even talked about," Hamilton said. "We couldn't believe C.J.'s dad did that."

Hamilton, who claims he and Williams were good friends at Tech, said he and some of his teammates read about the incident in the paper.

"That was the end of it," he said. "If you ask some of the guys on the team, they probably haven't even heard about it."

O'Leary told Braine that he loaned Williams, a running back who left school early in 1996, $200 to $400 to cover dorm room damages in the spring of '96.

Williams needed to pay the fine in order to enroll in classes for the next semester. Calvin Williams brought the loan to the NCAA's attention.

Braine said last week that the school will soon be sending the results of its internal investigation to the NCAA.

TIGER WOES: How bad does Auburn miss quarterback Dameyune Craig?

Suffice to say, substantially.

In a scrimmage last week, Craig's successor, Ben Leard, reportedly fumbled a snap, called two timeouts due to offensive confusion and tossed an interception to Jayson Bray.

"I played badly," Leard said after the scrimmage. "I didn't make plays and I made mistakes."

Craig, who currently is fighting for the third-string job with the Carolina Panthers, accounted for 77 percent of the Tigers' offense a year ago.

AGGIE UPSIDE: Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum certainly seems to have everything in perspective for Monday night's game with Florida State.

The 'Noles are favored by 14 1/2 points, but Slocum doesn't seem very concerned.

"I don't think it would be a big shock to anyone if Florida State beat us," Slocum told the Dallas Morning News last week. "But if we win the game, it would be a tremendous thing for our program. For us, I don't think there is a lot of downside to this game. But I think we have a whole lot of upside."

FYI: Slocum's record against teams in the top 5? 0-6.

WHEELER RETURN: If he is able, Randy Wheeler may enroll at South Carolina next semester to finish three classes that he needs for his interdisciplinary studies degree, athletics director Mike McGee told the Board of Trustees last week.

Wheeler's professional career abruptly ended in July when he was seriously injured in a car accident en route to Miami Dolphins training camp.

Wheeler played at USC from 1993-96.

PROGRESSING TIDE: Alabama may be without a pair of its top defensive players this year in end Chris Hood and linebacker Steve Harris. But head coach Mike DuBose is apparently pleased with his team's overall progress thus far.

DuBose reduced Tuesday's final three-a-days practice to two because of his unexpected satisfaction.


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