Friedgen chosen coach of the year
After Maryland won its first six football games, athletic director Deborah Yow was so happy with her rookie coach that she boldly predicted the Terrapins would win a national championship before Ralph Friedgen retired.
The Fridge came pretty close in his first try.
Other than a 52-31 loss at Florida State, a game that was tied at 31 in the fourth quarter, the Terps won them all and captured their first Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1985.
On Thursday, the 54-year-old Friedgen was selected as The Associated Press College Coach of the Year to go along with his 10-year contract extension he signed on Tuesday.
Friedgen received 48 votes in balloting by the 72 members of the AP college football poll board, which includes member newspapers, TV and radio stations.
He won easily over another rookie coach, Miami's Larry Coker, who was second with 14 votes. BYU first-year coach Gary Crowton was third with four votes, and Colorado's Gary Barnett had three.
Ryan Bowers of Evans and Chris Dickerson of Martinez received awards at Presbyterian's annual football banquet Wednesday night.
Bowers shared the Special Teams Award with John Hughes while Dickerson was awarded the Bob Perren Memorial Award for the unsung hero of the team.
Bowers, a junior safety, started all 11 games in the secondary and on special teams and led the team and South Atlantic Conference with 17 pass breakups while ranking fourth on the team in tackles (85). Dickerson, a junior offensive lineman, allowed three sacks on 552 pass attempts. He battled through injuries throughout the season but did start in all of Presbyterian's games.
Jury indicts players on drug charges
Former Cleveland Browns running back Mike Sellers and injured cornerback Lamar Chapman were indicted Thursday on felony drug charges.
The grand jury indictment, signed by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor William Mason, charges Chapman and Sellers with possession of cocaine and "criminal tools" - money and cellular phones.
If convicted of all charges, the two could face a maximum of three years in jail. They will be arraigned Dec. 27.
Newton and two others were arrested Wednesday while driving in two cars south of Dallas. Police said they found 175 pounds of marijuana in one of the cars.
Newton was in federal custody on a federal charge of possession with intent to deliver marijuana. Dallas County Sheriff's Department spokesman Don Peritz said Newton was transferred to federal custody from the county's Lew Sterrett Justice Center on Thursday morning.
A detention hearing was set for today for Newton, who remains in custody. Attorney Howard Shapiro said he will ask the judge to set bail.
Racer will embark on 25-city tour
Augusta resident Bobby Norfleet and WP Motorsports Inc. have teamed up for a 25-city tour of the United States that will benefit underprivileged children.
Dubbed "One-Race America," the tour will begin in California in mid-January and travel across the country to visit inner-city and disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Norfleet, who is planning to drive in the ARCA RE/MAX and NASCAR Busch Series in 2002, will set up his racing car along with simulators, pit gear and other racing equipment to give children a hands-on introduction to racing.
The tour will run through March 9 in Atlanta and will coincide with Norfleet's first race of the new season at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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