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October 05, 2009
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October 05, 2009

For The Record

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Reimbursed

By Oregon football coach Chip Kelly, the travel costs of a disgruntled fan who watched the team lose at Boise State on Sept. 3. After the 19--8 defeat, Tony Seminary, a 1996 Oregon alum living in Portland, sent Kelly an invoice for the $439 he spent on the trip with a note saying, "I feel as though I'm entitled to my money back." A few days later a check from Kelly landed in Seminary's mailbox. "I think of Coach Kelly as a totally different person now," Seminary, who returned the check, told the website Every Day Should Be Saturday. "[He] showed an incredible amount of class."

Attempted

By the Raiders, a ban of former QB and current CBS analyst Rich Gannon from their training facility. Gannon, who played for Oakland from 1999 to 2004 and led the team to a Super Bowl, called the Raiders' game against the Broncos on Sunday. The team asked CBS to keep him off its property beforehand, citing Gannon's frequent on-air criticism of the franchise. Oakland backed off last Friday—but not politely. "We gave him the opportunity of a lifetime," spokesman John Herrera said. "It's kind of like the dog you have at home. You nurture him, feed him, take care of him, and all he wants to do is bite you."

Apologized

Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl, after joking at a charity event that some Vols players hail from areas known for Ku Klux Klan activity. Speaking in Knoxville last week, Pearl described the diversity of his team by saying, "I've got guys from Chicago, Detroit. I'm talking about the hood! And I've got guys from Grainger County, where they wear the hood!" (Grainger County, the home of freshman guard Skylar McBee, is in rural northeast Tennessee.) The audience laughed, but after a local TV station aired the remark, Pearl apologized. "There's no hard feelings at all," McBee's father, Doug, told The Knoxville News-Sentinel. "We are country up here, but we're not prejudiced. It was a joke."

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