Originally created 02/20/00

College football notes: Jackets' opener finalized



Georgia Tech's season-opening game at 1999 national runner-up Virginia Tech in the Black Coaches Association Classic will kick off at 8 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 27, and be televised by ESPN2. The game will be played at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va.

The game will mark the second appearance for the Yellow Jackets in one of the college football kickoff classics. Tech faced Penn State in the 1991 Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., dropping a 34-22 decision to the Nittany Lions.

Tickets will be $35 each and will be available first to season ticket holders and then to the general public. For more information, call the Georgia Tech ticket office at (888) TECH-TIX.

WOFFORD: Defensive coordinator Bruce Johnson died after he collapsed while watching a conditioning drill at the university track on Thursday.

Johnson, 52, died after his heart stopped, but Spartanburg County Coroner Jim Burnett said it was not caused by a heart attack. Efforts to revive Johnson were unsuccessful.

A 1970 Wofford graduate and member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame, Johnson coached college football for more than 20 years, with stints at Citadel, South Carolina, North Carolina, Air Force, North Carolina State, Marshall and Louisiana State, coaching in 11 bowl games.

ALABAMA: The Crimson Tide received a commitment from Harold James, a linebacker and running back from Osceola, Ark., who did not sign with anyone on National Signing Day at the insistence of his father, who was out of town that day at a funeral.

As a senior, James had 45 tackles, 22 assists, three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and just over 600 yards rushing. He was a SuperPrep All-America selection and was ranked the No. 1 prep prospect in Arkansas by SuperPrep.

NORTH CAROLINA: Running back Daniel Davis returned to Virginia hoping to clear up a probation violation.

Instead, he ended up in jail.

At a Circuit Court hearing, Davis, 19, was ordered to serve six days but could be released on good behavior after three.

Davis finished his Brooke Point High School career with a Group AAA record 7,080 rushing yards and was selected Virginia's Group AAA player of the year in 1998 by The Associated Press.

On July 23, he was convicted of failing to appear in court on a traffic violation issued while he was still in high school, court records show. He received a 10-day suspended jail sentence, was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and pay $36 in court costs.