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For Florida State coach Bobby Bowden (inset) to retire after this season, the head of the school's board of trustees. A loss to Boston College dropped quarterback Christian Ponder (above) and the Seminoles to 2--3, their worst start since 1976, Bowden's first year as coach. On Sunday board chairman Jim Smith said the team's performance has stifled fund-raising and that Bowden, 79, should make way for offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, his anointed successor. "I love Bobby Bowden," said Smith, "but I love FSU more." Bowden, who has 384 wins and trails Joe Paterno by three for the top spot on the alltime Division I-A list, said he has no plans to step down soon.
By Oregon coach Chip Kelly, the reinstatement of suspended running back LeGarrette Blount. After the Ducks' season-opening loss at Boise State, Blount, a senior who rushed for a school-record 17 touchdowns last year, punched an opposing player and had to be restrained from attacking fans who were taunting him. The next day he was banned for the year by Kelly. But last Friday, Kelly said Blount, who apologized after the game and last week wrote a letter to Oregon's student paper expressing his remorse, could be allowed to play as early as Nov. 7. "He has a rigid set of conditions he must live up to, and there are certainly no guarantees in place," Kelly said. "This merely provides him the opportunity for my reconsideration."
By Kansas basketball coach Bill Self for the rest of the semester, starting guard Brady Morningstar, after the junior was arrested on suspicion of DWI early last Saturday. Morningstar, 23, a starter and the Jayhawks' most accurate three-point shooter last season, was released after posting $250 bond. He is eligible to practice with the team but can't play in a game until mid-December, meaning he'll miss at least seven games. The ban comes on the heels of a series of highly publicized on-campus fights between members of the Kansas basketball and football teams last month. Sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor is out for at least four weeks after suffering a dislocated thumb in a brawl.
After 15 months of marriage, Chris Evert and Greg Norman (right). The winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles and the two-time British Open champ, both of whom are Hall of Famers in their sports, were wed in June 2008. The couple announced their separation in a statement last Friday, four days before Norman was to captain the International team at the Presidents Cup in San Francisco. They did not specify if they will divorce, saying only that "we will remain friends and supportive of one another's family." It was the third marriage for Evert, 54, and the second for Norman, also 54.
In a study commissioned by the NFL, that the league's former players may be much more likely to suffer Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other brain-related disorders than members of the general population. The survey asked 1,063 ex-players if they'd ever been diagnosed with a memory-related disease. Two percent of the respondents aged 30 to 49 said yes, a rate 19 times higher than the national average for that age group. The league stressed that the study did not prove a link between football-related concussion and memory disorders. But last Friday the NFL Players Association announced that it has formed a committee to address the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of brain injuries and their long-term effects.