The other day Fry was grousing about negative coverage of his team by the Iowa media. So in an effort to try to please the coach, Dan Millea, assistant sports editor of a campus newspaper, wrote a tongue-in-cheek Fry-style lead: "The Iowa Hawkeyes, fighting tremendous odds and with little hope of survival, valiantly battled an Ohio State team that may be one of history's finest before finally being nipped 31-10."
As Central Florida was closing out its season a fortnight ago with an apparent 66-0 win over Samford, things got a little crazy. Seems all week, senior punter Jim Hogan had been saying he wanted to "be remembered for something different." So he jokingly said that after receiving the snap he might turn around sometime and boot the ball in the opposite direction.
Sure enough, when Hogan, who averaged 38.6 yards per kick this fall, came in to punt late in the fourth quarter, he made a U-turn and...the coaches went bonkers. So Hogan turned another 90 degrees and gestured toward the sideline seats. The coaches went bonkers. Finally, Hogan faced forward and tried to kick up-field. The punt was blocked, and Samford's Chris Betts returned the ball for a TD to make the final score 66-7. The coaches went bonkers.
Whereupon Hogan sprinted for the dressing room, changed his clothes and left. Running frontward. No one knew his plans. Several days later Hogan showed up at a team meeting, with his familiar winning smile. Said coach Gene McDowell, "He showed a little low class but I still like him."
Early this year Boston College fans booed Eagle quarterback Shawn Halloran. Then Halloran righted himself to lead BC to an 8-3 finish and a berth in the Hall of Fame Bowl. So it was nice to see a sign at a recent BC game that read: SHAWN, WE WERE WRONG....
LSU coach Bill Arnsparger was asked if he would consult his players about which bowl they would like to play in. Said Arnsparger, "Yes. I sure wouldn't want to go by myself."
... Georgia Tech's home-attendance average of 32,100 was its lowest since 1948....
Denver Bronco kicker Rich Karlis was watching the end of the Oklahoma-Nebraska game on a television set in the corner at 21 Club, a New York City restaurant, Saturday night. When the Sooners' Tim Lashar kicked the winning field goal with nine seconds left, Karlis's simpatico eyes lit up like a pinball machine. "That's the perfect ending to any game," he chortled. Except, of course, if you're for the other team.