Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 12:02 a.m.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
It's East Carolina for GHS' Ross
"I really liked the facilities and academics when I went to visit last weekend," said Ross, who has cancelled all other trips, including one scheduled for Florida. "Plus, they told me I would have a chance to come in and play as a freshman, which I'm excited about."
Ross was offered a scholarship last Thursday by former Gator assistant Jerry Odom, who joined former UF defensive coordinator John Thompson's staff at ECU last month.
Addition to All-Area Cross Country team
The junior had a season-best time of 17:04, finished third in the 1-4A district meet, and finished 25th to help the Bobcats to a runner-up regional finish.
NASCAR looking at track changes in '04
That could be bad news for historic tracks such as North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham and Darlington Raceway in South Carolina - facilities that are clinging to two Winston Cup races a year.
"We cannot expand within the current schedule, we're racing 38 weekends, and there's no more room to add another week," said NASCAR vice president George Pyne. "So we're now looking within the schedule to see if any moves make sense geographically."
The realignment plan was just one of many issues NASCAR addressed, including its new policy to reduce congestion in the garage by sweeping fans from the area whenever cars are on the track.
But it was the possible changes to the 2004 schedule that drew the most attention.
NASCAR has a set list of criteria it will be looking for track owners to meet in order to keep its current race dates.
Among things NASCAR will be studying are tracks that need significant upgrades, have trouble selling tickets, have a history of poor weather on race weekends, or are in small markets that lack adequate hotels and restaurants.
As for its new garage-access policy, the sanctioning body backed away from proposals to reduce the number of passes it gives out to each race as well as prohibiting the signing of autographs in the garage.
Instead, there will now be "hot" and "cold" times at the track. Anyone with a "hard card" - the credential given out to team members and full-time media - will have no garage restrictions.
Academic problems sideline LSU player
Gipson, who hit 4 of 4 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 14 points in a victory over Centenary on Jan. 15, dressed but did not play in LSU's loss to Mississippi on Saturday and was not at practice Monday.
In spite of "support, help and guidance," Gipson "came up short" in one class and will not be able to play, coach John Brady said Tuesday.
"Tony realizes what he did not do, takes responsibility for that; but he is a very capable student and will work through this temporary setback in order to play the following two seasons at LSU," Brady said. "We are looking forward to him being a significant part of our team the next two years."
With Gibson on the bench Saturday, LSU was 1 of 13 from 3-point range against Ole Miss.
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