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It would, in fact, effectively negate for this season a matchup of Nos. 1 and 2. If the top two teams cannot meet, for whatever reason, the bowl that would have hosted that "national championship" game can then scramble to arrange whatever matchup it finds most desirable.
So what if No. 3 West Virginia loses to Boston College on Friday and No. 2 Florida State loses to Florida on Saturday? Auburn, which finished its season 11-0, could move up to No. 2. The coalition claims to enjoy the controversy, but its face must still be a little auburn.
For possibly the first time in the history of jurisprudence, a defendant was legally empowered to beat up the star witness against him. It happened last Friday night in Atlantic City, where defendant Ray Mercer won a split decision over witness Jesse Ferguson in their 10-round heavyweight rematch.
Perhaps you remember the first Ferguson-Mercer bout, last Feb. 6, which was notable not for boxing prowess (there was none) but for an alleged conversation that took place between the ropes (SCORECARD, July 12). Ferguson, a huge underdog, won handily, knocking a fat and poorly conditioned Mercer out of a title fight against then champion Riddick Bowe, a bout that would have brought Mercer a $1.5 million payday. A short time later Mercer was indicted in New York City for allegedly having offered Ferguson—during the fight—a $100,000 bribe to take a dive. Mercer's lawyer has refused to allow his client to discuss the charges with reporters, but immediately after the first fight, when the first stories hit print, Mercer claimed he had said no such thing.
The trial is set for Dec. 6, with Ferguson scheduled to testify for the prosecution. Neither boxer is commenting on the trial, but, strangely, each professes to have warm feelings for the other. "No matter what, we've always been friends," says Mercer. "We're both fighters trying to make a living at this thing."
Says Ferguson, "It's no big deal. We'll be friends."
Let's see if they're still buddy-buddy after the verdict.
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