Originally created 02/11/00

Overtime: FSU will open title defense against BYU



Florida State will begin its defense of the national championship Aug. 26 in the Pigskin Classic against Brigham Young at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

Florida State, which has played in three of the last four national championship games, has won 21 straight regular season games. Brigham Young was 8-4 in 1999.

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden ranks fifth with 304 career victories while BYU coach LaVell Edwards is No. 7 with 252.

Penn State and Southern California will meet in the Aug. 27 Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Heritage Bowl, played between two of the predominantly black Division 1-AA conferences, announced it was discontinuing the game which had been played in Atlanta the past seven years.

Major reasons were a lack of fan support and the end of a two-year TV agreement (1998-1999) between NBC and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Florida State tight end Ryan Sprague, a former Lakeside High standout, is on the All-ACC academic football team.

Sprague, a junior majoring in sports management, has a 3.29 grade point average. Offensive lineman Kyle Young (4.00) and linebacker Chad Carson (4.00) of Clemson made the team, as did Georgia Tech defensive back Travares Tillman (3.00) and punter Dan [filtered word] (4.00).

Augusta native Bert Williams has been named head coach and athletic director of Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

Williams was a quarterback at Westside, then lettered for four years at offensive tackle at Davidson College. As a coach, he was a graduate assistant and then assistant offensive line coach under Ray Goff at Georgia.

After four years in Athens, has was offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Union College in Barbourville, Ky., before becoming the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Georgia Military in 1997.

North Carolina coach Carl Torbush turned over the Tar Heels defense after 12 seasons to assistant Ken Browning, who was named defensive coordinator.

AUTO RACING:

Car owner Roger Penske apparently has changed his mind about bringing his CART team to the Indianapolis 500.

Penske's cars have won a record 10 races at Indianapolis, but CART has not competed there since Speedway president Tony George founded the rival Indy Racing League in 1996. There has been speculation about a possible reconciliation, and several CART teams indicated a possible return this year, but that appears to no longer be the case.

SOCCER:

Four of the area's top prep soccer teams will kick off their seasons in the 2000 Boys Soccer Jamboree today at Lakeside High. Greenbrier, Aquinas, Evans and Lakeside will play each other in 30- minute matches beginning at 5 p.m. Among the top players are Lakeside forward Rob Bohler (24 goals last year), Greenbrier goalkeeper John Parrish, Evans midfielder Rob Wynn and Aquinas forward Tripp Godbee and midfielder Will Barrett.2000 Boys Soccer JamboreeToday, at Lakeside

5 p.m. -- Evans vs. Lakeside. 5:45 -- Aquinas vs. Greenbrier. 6:30 -- Evans vs. Greenbrier. 7:15 -- Evans vs. Aquinas. 8 -- Lakeside vs. Aquinas. 8:45 -- Lakeside vs. Greenbrier.