College Sports Notebook

Tuesday, September 12th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

SMU filing complaint about referees

UNIVERSITY PARK – SMU coach Mike Cavan said Monday that he will file a complaint with the WAC regarding the officiating in Saturday night's 37-20 loss to UT-El Paso at the Sun Bowl. SMU was penalized 10 times for 91 yards.

"After looking back on the film," Cavan said, "we saw a lot of things that maybe didn't happen. We're going to address that. We'll take the proper procedure and send it in to the conference."

Cavan added that he didn't think the officiating had anything to do with the outcome of the game. – Rana L. Cash

Extra special teams

NORMAN, Okla. – With J. T. Thatcher's 66-yard punt return against Arkansas State, Oklahoma has scored touchdowns with its defense or special teams in four straight home games, dating to last season. Strong safety Roy Williams scored on a 35-yard interception in the Sooners' season opener. Jarrail Jackson and Thatcher returned punts for TDs in the final two home games of 1999. – Charlie Smith

Big 12 TV

ABC and Fox Sports Net on Monday announced their selections for regional football telecasts the next two weeks:

This Saturday, ABC will televise Washington at Colorado at 2:30 p.m. Fox Sports Net will show Michigan State at Missouri at 6 p.m. and Texas at Stanford at 9:15 p.m. Minnesota at Baylor at 11:30 a.m. will be a Fox Sports Syndication broadcast. – Keith Whitmire

Didn't really need him

TCU sophomore quarterback Casey Printers had one of his least-productive days as a starting quarterback in the Horned Frogs' 41-10 victory over Nevada, completing only three of nine passes for 53 yards with one interception. TCU, however, ran the ball 55 times (for 317 yards) while throwing it only 10 times, and coach Dennis Franchione said he was confident the passing game would have been better had it been needed.

Printers passed for his fewest yards as a starter, incidentally, last year against UT-El Paso. He completed four of seven attempts (with an interception) for 37 yards. Tailback LaDainian Tomlinson set an NCAA Divsision I record that night with 406 rushing yards on 43 carries. – Dan Noxon

A&M stands pat

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum did not make any changes in his kicking game after experimenting with backups on kickoffs, placekicks and deep snaps on Saturday.

Freshman Cody Scates will continue to handle kickoff duties. Slocum said he used Terence Kitchens and Derek Lechler on kickoffs because Scates struggled early. – Larry Bowen

Double backup

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M coaches did not name a backup quarterback after both Vance Smith and Colby Freeman alternated series in relief of starter Mark Farris against Wyoming on Saturday night.

Smith, a sophomore, completed 1 of 2 passes for 11 yards. Freeman, a redshirt freshman, led the Aggies to their last three scores. He completed 1 of 2 passes for 16 yards. Freeman also carried three times for 29 yards and a touchdown.

"I thought both of them did well," A&M coach R.C. Slocum said. – Larry Bowen

No changes on chart

DENTON – As of Monday evening, UNT head coach Darrell Dickey hadn't made any decisions regarding a quarterback or other possible positional changes.

Dickey said at UNT's weekly press conference that a firm decision on the quarterback might not be made for a couple of days, but that right now Richard Bridges remains the starter. – Richard Durrett

UT running game needs work

AUSTIN – Texas coach Mack Brown said the Longhorns need work on their running game after gaining only 87 yards on 23 carries in a victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday.

Brown said most of UT's struggles were caused by ULL stacking the line with nine defenders to take away the run. But Brown said after studying the film that only seven of his team's 23 runs were acceptable. Brown said on the other 16 runs, linemen allowed penetration, the backs didn't run physically or missed a cut, or the backs simply ran to the wrong place. – Chip Brown

Big 12, WAC, Big West Players of the Week

Texas quarterback Major Applewhite was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing four touchdown passes in a 52-10 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. Nebraska linebacker Carlos Polk was named Defensive Player of the Week after making 12 tackles in a 27-24 overtime win over Notre Dame. Oklahoma defensive back J.T. Thatcher was named Special Teams Player of the Week with five punt returns for 160 yards and a touchdown against Arkansas State. ...

TCU senior LaVar Veale was named the Western Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. Veale, a second-team free safety, returned eight punts for 143 yards in the Horned Frogs' 41-10 victory over Nevada, falling only three yards short of the school record. He also became the first TCU player to return a punt for a touchdown since 1995 when he raced 85 yards for a score early in the first quarter. ...

UNT junior linebacker Brad Kassell and junior kicker Jason Ball earned Player of the Week honors from the Big West Conference for their performances in the Mean Green's 13-7 loss at Texas Tech. Kassell earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after grabbing two interceptions and making nine total tackles. Ball earned the honor on special teams 43.6 yards per punt on eight attempts. ... Texas' Abby Gutowski was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week in women's soccer after registering seven points in the Longhorns' two wins last week.

Top of the chart

TCU junior setter Lindsay Hayes became the school's all-time volleyball assist leader during the Horned Frogs' victory Saturday over Morgan State. Hayes, who has started 48 consecutive matches, moved past Annie Grant (2,289 assists from 1996-97) while running her career assist total to 2,310. TCU (4-4) plays host to UT-Arlington at 7 p.m. Tuesday. – Dan Noxon

Baylor players ranked

Senior Jahnavi Parekh will begin the season ranked No. 13 in the nation, according to Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings released Monday. Parekh and her Baylor teammates open the season Saturday at the ITA Clay Courts in Baltimore. The Baylor men, coming off a Big 12 championship last season, lost several key players to graduation and enter the season led by sophomore Zoltan Papp, ranked No. 44. The Bears open Friday at the River Oaks Clay Court in Houston. – Dan Noxon

Injury update

UNT: Defensive left tackle Marlon Lee, a senior from Houston who did not play Saturday against Texas Tech because of a pulled groin, is expected to return Saturday for the UNLV game.

BAYLOR: Freshman WR John Martin (broken collarbone) will miss 6-8 weeks and likely will be redshirted.

TCU: DE Aaron Schobel (right hip strain), S Russell Gary (back strain), LB Shannon Brazzell (knee) and DB LaVar Veale (ankle) are day-to-day.

Texas A&M: LB Harold Robertson (ankle) will not play; FS Michael Jameson (ankle), CB Jay Brooks (ankle), LB Jarrod Penright (knee) and WR Mickey Jones (ankle) are questionable.

Notre Dame QB out

Notre Dame may have lost quarterback Arnaz Battle for the season with a broken left wrist and coach Bob Davie said Sunday he isn't sure who will replace him. Defensive end Grant Irons, a team captain, dislocated his right shoulder and is out for the season. The injuries came in a 27-24 overtime loss to top-ranked Nebraska. – Associated Press

OSU awaits NCAA ruling

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State awaits an NCAA ruling regarding the eligibility of senior cornerback Alvin Porter. Porter, an Adamson graduate, was declared ineligible last Thursday, two days before the season opener, because of a discrepancy in academic hours. OSU has filed the necessary paperwork, including a letter from Porter, in hopes of fixing the problem. – Charlie Smith