Another reserve player decides to transfer

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 10:17 p.m.
  • Reserve Florida offensive lineman Chad Tidwell has asked for and received his release and is expected to transfer to another school.
    A sophomore from Tallahassee, Tidwell spent the 2002 season on the scout team and his prospects for playing time in the near future were not considered good. He is the second backup player to gain his release in the past week, joining sophomore wide receiver Antoine Sharp, who is in the process of transferring to another school.
    Tidwell, a Class 6A all-state player from Tallahassee Lincoln, was part of the 2000 UF recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 in the nation by a consensus of the recruiting analysts.
    Tidwell and Sharp are the only UF players who have asked for their release.
    -Robbie Andreu

    Former FSU QB enrolls at Murray State

  • MURRAY, Ky. - Former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson, who was kicked off the team in November, has enrolled in classes at Murray State University.
    McPherson, who started four games as a sophomore for the Seminoles this season, attended classes on Monday, according to David Snow, an assistant sports information director at the school.
    Snow said the university is waiting until "the Florida State situation is resolved," before deciding whether McPherson can play at Murray State.
    "He does want to play football here," Snow said. Snow declined to comment further.
    McPherson faces a misdemeanor charge for allegedly taking a blank check from a local business and a felony charge of grand theft for the $3,500 received from it, prosecutors in Florida said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 23 in Leon County. He was kicked off the team after school officials were informed of the police investigation. The university, local and state police also began an investigation into rumors of gambling spawned by the check affair.
    McPherson would not lose any college eligibility by transferring from Florida State to Murray's Division I-AA football program.

    Conference schedule tips off at home

  • The Santa Fe CC men's and women's basketball teams tip off their conference schedule today, when they host Florida CC-Jacksonville.
    The SFCC women (7-10) opens against the Stars at 6 p.m., while the Saints (17-3) play at 8 p.m. The FCC-J men are 18-1, average 103 points per game,are ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 15 in the NJCAA poll.
    Admission is $2 for the general public, $1 for senior citizens and children under 12, and free to all Santa Fe students, faculty and staff with a valid I.D.

    Harlem Globetrotters capture win No. 21,000

  • The Harlem Globetrotters reached another milestone - 21,000 victories.
    The latest one came Monday night, a 107-58 win over the New York Nationals in which the Globetrotters took their customary breaks to sing, dance and get a couple of young fans in on the act.
    "I never thought I'd be around for 21,000, but hopefully I'll be here for 22,000," Globetrotter Herb "Flight Time" Lang told the Kalamazoo Gazette.

    Fittipaldi fastest in Daytona testing

  • DAYTONA BEACH - Christian Fittipaldi returned to Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday for the second of NASCAR's testing sessions, and posted the fastest lap of the day.
    Fittipaldi, making the switch this season from CART to NASCAR season, plans to driver a car owned by Andy Petree Racing in the season-opening Daytona 500. The Brazilian tested the No. 33 Chevrolet on Tuesday and ran the fastest lap at 183.561 mph in the afternoon session. That topped the 181.243 he ran last week in Petree's No. 55 Chevy.
    "Although people say it is pretty easy to run around this place, especially when you are on the track by yourself, you have to remember I have zero experience running at this place," Fittipaldi, scheduled to run a mix of Winston Cup, Busch Series and ARCA events for Petty Enterprises this season. "The more I run, the more I'm learning. I'm learning about the bumps, about how close you can run against the wall and how to quickly bring the car up to speed."
    NASCAR rules allow a driver to test with more than one team and even though the No. 33 didn't run many races last season, Petree had owner points for both cars.
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