Rejuvenated… Former LSU running back Ryan Gilbert as a Houston Cougar. Gilbert left LSU at the beginning of the 2003 season frustrated after two years at LSU. Transferring to Houston, Gilbert has experienced a rebirth of sorts enjoying a fruitful senior season. Coming in for an injured Anthony Evans, Gilbert is the Cougars featured back and has logged 100-yard performances in wins over Tulsa (154) and Tulane (130). "I can finally say I am having fun playing football again," Gilbert said. He ran for 82 on 23 carries in Houston's 35-20 loss to Memphis last Saturday.
Settled… Lawsuit between former Alabama coach Mike Price and Time, Inc. Price, now the coach at Texas-El Paso, sued Sports Illustrated (owned by Time, Inc.) for $20 million for a story SI ran recounting Price's night of drinking at a topless bar in Florida that eventually led to his firing at Alabama. Price sued for slander and the suit was "amicably resolved" Time, Inc. said last week before declining to disclose the terms of the agreement. "I am one happy man right now," Price said.
Injured… Georgia football commitment Greg Billinger. Riding home form the LSU-Vanderbilt game on Oct. 8, Billinger, a 6-2, 255-pound offensive tackle at Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga., was ejected from the vehicle riding in when the car blew a tire. Billinger fractured his backbone, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Resigned… Temple football coach Bobby Wallace. Wallace said he would not return to Temple next season, but agreed to finish out the season. The Owls were beaten 34-3 by the Miami Hurricanes Saturday night.
Issued… A $50 million bond referendum by Dallas mayor Laura Miller to go toward major renovations and upgrades to the aging Cotton Bowl. There is talk of the annual Texas-OU Red River Classic being moved to on campus venues. Miller is hoping to retain the annual clash, but it seems the series is leaning toward going on campus.
Moved… The New Orleans Bowl to Cajun Field in Lafayette. A week after the Nokia Sugar Bowl was moved to the GeorgiaDome in Atlanta, it has been announced the Wyndham New Orleans Bowl will remain in-state being moved to Cajun Field on the campus of Louisiana-Lafayette. While it is doubtful the Ragin' Cajuns will actually host a bowl game, a Louisiana team has the inside track on bowling in-state. With a 27-3 win over Troy Saturday, Louisiana-Monroe sits atop the league standings and is in search of the league's automatic bid to the New Orleans Bowl.
Resigned… East Brunswick (New Jersey) High School coach Marcus Borden after school officials told him he could no longer lead the team in a pregame prayer. Schools Superintendent Jo Ann Magistro said some parents had complained about prayers Borden initiated at pregame meals and before the games. A veteran coach of 23 years and fresh off a state championship, Borden stepped down saying "I made the right decision… a decision based on principles." Borden is the founder of the Snapple Bowl, which raised $150,000 for physically and mentally ill children a year ago.
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