Originally created 07/12/00

School, coach decide to go separate ways



Clemson women's track coach Ralph White, who was hired, unhired and hired again last year after a committee complained the school's job search was not extensive enough, has agreed to leave the program after one season.

White was hired twice within five weeks last summer as Ron Garner's replacement. After his first hiring June 18, a school committee -- the Status of Women commission -- wrote to then-president Constantine "Deno" Curris complaining that no women or minorities were given consideration.

A search committee headed by associate athletics director Linda White looked at 50 applicants and interviewed four candidates before Ralph White was rehired.

White will be paid $46,344.82 to fulfill the final year of his two-year contract. The school said it will use athletic department revenues, not IPTAY contributions or student fees, for the payment.

GOLF:

Entry positions remain for this weekend's Regions Cup event, the Camellia Classic, which will be held Saturday and Sunday at Belle Meade Country Club. The entry fee is $100. For more information, call (706) 595-4511.

Waynesboro's Kimberly Spires was named the recipient of a Yates Scholarship for 2000-01. The Yates Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Georgia State Golf Foundation. Yates is a finance major at Augusta State University and is a full-time employee of Applewood Golf Course.

Justin Leonard and Davis Love III teamed up to win the CVS Charity Classic at Rhode Island Country Club. Leonard and Love finished 16-under par in the two-man, medal play best-ball tourney to win the $200,000 first prize. Craig Stadler and Steve Elkington were second at 13-under.

HOCKEY:

Ron Low, who coached the Edmonton Oilers for parts of five seasons, is expected to be introduced today as coach of the New York Rangers, who have failed to reach the postseason in three straight seasons.

VOLLEYBALL:

USC Aiken first-year head volleyball coach Will Condon announced the addition of five players for the 2000 season.

Sarah Nordin (Lithonia, Ga.), Angie Chervastad (Oaklee, Minn.), Lisa Sienicki (South Bend, Ind.), Kristen Foote (Manhattan, Kan.) and Courtney Schuetz (Rossville, Kan.) bring the recruiting class total to seven.

Foote and Schuetz are joining the Lady Pacers after their freshman year at Emporia State in Kansas. Chervastad is the second of the two junior college transfers in this year's class. Nordin and Sienicki enter as freshmen.

HIGH SCHOOLS:

Any Butler High student who wants to play varsity or junior varsity football is invited to the school's weight room for physicals on July 17. The cost for the physical is $10 per student.

ODDS AND ENDS:

Former Georgia Tech running back Eddie Lee Ivery has joined the school's athletics staff as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. ... John Vitale, a former All-American at Michigan and a three-year starter at center, has died of cancer at age 34. ... Steelers nose tackle Joel Steed retired after an eight-year career because of knee problems and his impending release from the team. ... Eric Swann, when healthy one of football's most dominant defensive linemen, was released by the Cardinals. ... The Spurs' Sean Elliott, who underwent a kidney transplant last summer, said he is "99 percent sure" he will retire.