Originally created 01/27/99

Overtime: Booty leaves baseball for LSU football

Saying simply, "I just want to be a part of this team," LSU quarterback hopeful Josh Booty met the media Tuesday, less than a week after getting the Florida Marlins to release him from the last year of his pro baseball contract.

Booty, who originally signed with LSU out of Evangel Christian in Shreveport in 1993, instead took $1.6 million to play baseball.

But the past two years he's tried to leave that sport to get back to football. Last week he finally succeeded and Monday enrolled at LSU.

Booty is following along the same lines as Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter, who played two seasons of minor league baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization after high school before returning to football in 1998. Carter led the Bulldogs to a 9-3 record in his first year.

LSU coach Gerry DiNardo, who met with Booty on Monday night, said in a statement that he was impressed with Booty's attitude.

"It is clear that he is not only focused on fitting in with the team, but he is excited about the camaraderie that is so important in the sport of football," DiNardo said.

Booty, who will walk on at LSU, repaid part of his contract to the Marlins, but wouldn't discuss the details.

Steve Campbell, a former Delta State assistant, has been named the new head football coach for the Statesmen.

Campbell replaces Todd Knight, who resigned last week after six seasons to become the new coach at his alma mater, Ouachita Baptist in Arkansas.

Delta State is coming off an 8-3 season that included its first Gulf South Conference title and first NCAA Division II playoff appearance, and expects to have as many as 22 seniors next fall. Since starting 0-7 in 1997, the Statesmen have won 11 of 14 games.

Oberlin College hired Jeff Ramsey as its new head football coach, hoping to reverse the fortunes of a program that has won just three games this decade. He replaces Pete Peterson, who had a record of 1-48 in his five seasons, including the current losing streak of 19 games.

Duke went ahead with a plan Tuesday to move its 1999 home football game against Florida State to Jacksonville. The teams will meet Oct. 2 at Alltel Stadium, the home of the Gator Bowl, the annual Florida-Georgia game and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville is about three hours away from Florida State's home in Tallahassee.

The Blue Devils are expected to make about $1 million for selling their home game.

Duke earned $1 million to play its 1995 game against the Seminoles in Orlando. Afterward, former Duke coach Fred Goldsmith said the Blue Devils would never move another home game.

Carl Franks has succeeded Goldsmith as Blue Devils coach.


Allen Iverson, 23, signed a $70.9 million contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

The job began as soon as Iverson finished signing his name. Iverson will get the maximum for a player entering his third season in the league, team president Pat Croce said. He will get $9 million next season with annual raises of $1.1 million that add up to $14.6 million in the final year of the contract.


Bob "Poochie" Hartsfield, the former coordinator of scouting for the San Francisco Giants, died Monday in Roswell, Ga., following a lengthy kidney illness. He was 66. He is survived by his widow, Sandy, and a brother, Roy.

He served as the Giants' coordinator from 1993-97 and was a special assignment scout for the team last year. Living in the Atlanta suburb of Woodstock, Hartsfield frequently scouted the Atlanta Braves and their opponents.

Hartsfield's baseball career spanned 48 years as a former infielder in the Milwaukee-Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations, a scout and minor-league manager.

Hartsfield also was a college basketball official for 25 years, working for the Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Metro, Sun Belt and Ohio Valley conferences. He also worked three NCAA tournaments.


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