Originally created 04/02/04

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College Football

Shula removes rival's name from award

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of Alabama's spring practice awards - the Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award - went mostly unnoticed for 16 years, but it's getting plenty of attention now that coach Mike Shula has changed the name.

Shula renamed the award, one of 15 presented annually to Crimson Tide players at the team's spring game, after former Alabama quarterback Bart Starr because Croom is now coaching at rival Mississippi State.

"I'm thoroughly disappointed that they chose to remove my name from an award that meant a lot to me because of the career I had at Alabama as a player," Sylvester Croom, an All-American center at Alabama, told the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. "To remove my name from that award because I achieved success in my coaching career is disappointing to me."

Shula and Croom, both former Tide players, were finalists for Alabama's coaching job last May. Croom later became the Southeastern Conference's first black head football coach when the Bulldogs hired him at the end of last season.

  • In Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State will submit its response to the NCAA regarding alleged rules violations by the Bulldogs' football program within two weeks. The school was granted an extension of its Wednesday deadline so former assistant Jerry Fremin could respond to allegations made against him.
  • College Baseball

    No. 16 Augusta State defeats Newberry

    In Augusta, Augusta State topped Newberry by a score of 5-1.

    Greg Thomas pitched a complete game five-hitter to earn his seventh win of the season. Bennett Mayfield and Garrick McGrath both had two hits in the victory.

    Softball

    Lady Pacers pound out 28 hits, two wins

    In Aiken, USC Aiken swept Lander in both games of a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader.

    The Lady Pacers edged Lander in game one 5-4, when Sarah Harvey, who had three hits in the game, scored in the bottom of the seventh. Ashley Dyches also tallied three hits for the Pacers in the first contest. USC Aiken put eleven runs on the board in the first three innings of game two and won the game 11-0.

    Rugby

    Augusta club will play Hilton Head

    The Augusta Rugby Club will take on the Hilton Head Rugby Club Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free to the match and all proceeds from the tournament will go to the Medical College of Georgia Children's Hospital.

    The Augusta Rugby Club will begin recruiting players starting Tuesday. Interested individuals should meet at Richmond Academy at 6:30.

    Golf

    Lawrie holds lead at Algarve Open

    In Portimao, Portugal,- Ireland's Peter Lawrie shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead on a blustery day at the Algarve Open. Lawrie, last year's European Tour rookie of the year, had seven birdies on a course whose greens were softened by overnight rain. Seven players were tied for second. Ian Woosnam, the only golfer at the tournament who is competing in next week's Masters, shot a 71.

    Baseball

    Double A squad to move to Mississippi

    In Grennville, S.C., the Atlanta Braves' Double A minor-league team is moving to Mississippi, Greenville city leaders said at news conference. The move, which takes place after this season, will end a 20-year run for the Greenville Braves.

    City officials had offered a new $18 million stadium to replace Memorial Stadium, where the team had played since 1984. Pearl, Miss., is building the Braves a $25 million stadium with 7,500 seats and 20 luxury suites. It is expected to be ready next spring.