The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 27, 1998, Page 8, Image 8

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    UCLA top team in BCS poll
The Associated Press - The No. 1
team in the nation is No. 2 in the Bowl
Championship Series standings.
The BCS brought the computer
age to college fbotbaU Monday, releas
ing its first standings with UCLA at
No. 1 and Ohio State No. 2.
Since thepieseasan, Ohio State(7
0) has been an overwhelming No. 1
choice in The Associated Press’media
poll and the USA Today/ESPN
Coaches’ Poll. UCLA (6-0) has been
No. 2 in the polls the past three weeks.
The BCS will list 20 teams in its
standings each week, assigning a point
total based on the averages of each of
the four categories. The team with tl>e
lowest point totals is rated highest
UCLA leads the standings with a
3.04 point total - two points for poll
average, one for computer average,
0.04 for strength of schedule and zeto
for losses. Ohio State has 4.31 points
one for poll average, 2.67 for comput
er average, 0.64 for strength of sched
ule and zero for losses.
Tennessee was third, followed by
Kansas State, Florida State, Nebraska,
Florida, Texas A&M, Wisconsin and
Penn State.
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BACKUPS from page 7
Bledsoe, however, wasn’t as effective
as KU backup Jay Alexander Bledsoe
finished 3 for 9 ibr 21 yards. Bledsoe
was also sacked six times, die only
sacks by the Jayhawk defense in die
“Itfc a position that has a buDs-eye
on it’s back, Colorado Coach Rick
Neuheisel said. “Defenses are not try
ing to hurt the quarterback, but they
are certainty trying to get pressure and
try to break down the rhythm of a par
ticular play.”
Along with the two quarterbacks
in the Kansas-Colorado game,
Nebraska quarterback Bobby
Newcombe and Kansas State quarter
back Michael Bishop were also unable
to finish games because of injuries.
Although it appears that defenses
are headhunting for quarterbacks, Big
12 coaches say that’s not the case.
Coaches said defenses have changed
their schemes to put more pressure on
Gone are fee days of defenses sit
ting back and allowing offenses to
control fee tempo. Texas Coach Mack
Brown said defenses are how more
aggressive, often placing nine guys at
die line of scrimmage forcing teams to
become one dimensional
(Quarterback is) a
position that has a
bullseye on its
Rick Neuheisel
Colorado coach
“After they become one dimen
sional, they Witz the quartoback and
get a lot more pressure on the quarter
back than they used to,” Brown said.
“Quart^backs are now taking a lot
more hits than they used to, and
defenses haw been better then they’ve
ever been”
Brown had an early lesson this
year about the need for a strong back
up quartoback. Starting quartoback
Richard Walton was injured in the sec
ond game of the year against UCLA,
forcing backup Major Applewhite to
take over the duties.
“Youbetter getamimber two quar
terback ready to play,” Brown said.
“You have to be real lucky to get
through die year with your number
one quarterback on every play.”
OSU leader
in Big 12 poll
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From Staff Reports
There’s a new king at the presea
son Coaches’ Poll for men’s basket
ball in the Big 12 Conference.
Oklahoma State edged out
Kansas 117 to 115 for first place in
the preseason poll The Cowboys had
seven first place votes to the
Jayhawks’ five. -
Nebraska was selected seventh in
the poll by the coaches, behind OSU,
KU, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and
Kansas State.
Senior forward Venson Hamilton
was selected to the first-team All-Big
12 team. Hamilton, a senior from
Forest City, N.C., averaged 11.2
points and 9.8 rebounds per game last
season. He is joined by Big 12 presea
son player-of-the-year choice Adrian
Peterson of Oklahoma State.
Also on the team is Iowa State for
ward Marcus Fizer, OSU guard
Desmond Mason, KSU forward
Manny Dies, Texas guard Kris Clack
and Texas forward Chris Mihm.
The preseason newcomer of the
year is Victor Avila, a junior college
transfer for Oklahoma. The fresh
man-of-the-year choice is Kenyon
Drooling, a 6-foot-3 guard playing
for Missouri. He’s from Dillard High
School from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Auburn coach s exit is scrutinized
Athletic director says Bowden was not forced to quit
Terry Bowden says Auburn Athletic
Director David Housel told him there
was “virtually no way” Bowden could
save his job as head football coach,
prompting his resignation.
Bowden, according to a story
Monday in The Birmingham News,
had no choice but to quit, even though
Housel urged him to stay on through
the end of die season.
“I was going to wait as long as I
could to see if maybe my athletic
director or president could work
something out,” Bowden said.
“They knew we were in dire
straits. They knew saying, ‘We want
you to stay’ is not the same thing as
‘We think there is a way you can stay
after the season.’ And that is what I
was facing.”
Housel has denied that Bowden
was forced out
The coach’s resignation was
announced Friday, on die eve of the
Tigers’ game against Louisiana Tech,
and Bowden informed his players in
an emotional address that night
“I felt like I left honorably,”
Bowden said.
Bowden came under increasing
criticism this season as the Tigers
slipped to 1-5 record. He said media
reports about his future caused the
I was going to wait as long as I could to see
if maybe my athletic director or president
could work something out.”
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Terry Bowden
former Auburn coach
dam to break last week.
“On Monday, there was an article
(in The Huntsville Times) discussing
that I didn’t have the full support of
our trustees, and I definitely had to
win both nonconference games and
two out of the three conference games
or I would be fired,” Bowden said. “I
was not reading articles, but I began to
hear about it.”
Housel called the next day to
arrange a meeting on Wednesday
“He felt I should know something,
b&ed on his understanding, that it
was much more serious than what the
article said, and there was virtually no
way 1 could save my job at the end of
the year,” Bowden said.
Bowden said he asked Housel
what he should do.
“‘Terry, you can fight this. You
can fight this,”’ Bowden said Housel
told him. ‘“Do the best you can.’”
Bowden said he phoned university
President William Muse, who, like
Housel, encouraged him not to quit.
Later, Bowden said, he telephoned
influential trustee Bobby Lowder to
tell him he planned to resign.
Bowden, who has posted a 47-17
1 record at Auburn, said he had little
choice but to step down.
“It was to the paper first,” he said.
“Therefore, the staff morale and the
morale of the team was affected
before I was aware of it.
“I really felt I wanted so bad to go
out a winner, but if the very first there
was a mention of it was in Huntsville
this week, it would be in Birmingham
next week. This public ' debate would
be so cruel that the young men would
have no chance to focus on the game.”
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