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Wednesday, January 12, 2000 - The Michigan Daily - 9

flokies lose two to NFL draft
26 underclassmen and counting pass up final year of eligibility
The Associated Press

Virginia Tech reached another
milestone yesterday: The Hokies will
lose two underclassmen to the NFL
aft for the first time, a week after
aying in their first national title
Tailback Shyrone Stith and corner-
ba*k Ike Charlton were among 26
players passing up a final year of col-
leg eligibility for the NFL draft,
April 15-16.
Tennessee had the most players on
the 'NFL's special eligibility list with
three - tailback Jamal Lewis and
defensive back Deon Grant joined
Two other Volunteers - linebacker
Raynoch Thompson and defensive
end Shaun Ellis - are expected to be
on !the final list before the draft.
Both could have returned to school
as partial qualifiers but have elected
to turn pro.
Last season, the final underclass-
men list totaled 42 after originally
being released with 35 names. The
Fisk, Perez elected
to Hall of Fame
NEW YORK (AP) -- Twenty-five
years after clearing The Wall, Carlton
Fisk and Tony Perez made the Hall.
The pair, linked by home runs in per-
haps the greatest World Series ever, were
*cted to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday,
wiping away the times they fell just short.
Fisk is best remembered for waving
his 12th-inning homer fair in Game 6 of
the 1975 World Series. Perez's two-run
shot off Bill Lee the following night,
which helped rally Cincinnati from a
three-run deficit to the title, is largely
"fisk, who caught the most games in
Jor league history (2,226) and hit a
word 351 of 376 career home runs
while playing the position, received 397
votes among the record 499 ballots cast
by 10-year members of the Baseball
Writer's Association of America. Perez
received 385 votes.
To be elected, a player had to be listed
oni 75 ballots (75 percent). Fisk, who
fell 43 votes short last year in his first
time on the ballot, received 79.6 percent
mNifmade it with 22 votes to spare.
;rez, 71 votes shy last year when
Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin
Yount were chosen, got 77.2 percent and
was elected with 10 votes to spare,
becoming the first Cuban chosen by the
Ba ball Writers Association ofAmcrica.
And it could be an even bigger '75

NFL also considers special cases and
rules on them just before the draft.
The Seminoles, 46-29 winners over
the Hokies in last week's Sugar Bowl,
lost college football's best kicker in
Janikowski, but will have 27-year-old
quarterback Chris Weinke for another
Weinke, projected as a third-round
pick and aware he'd end up on an NFL
team's bench, opted for another title
chase in Tallahassee.
"I want to play in as many games
as possible," said Weinke, who threw
for 329 yards and four touchdowns in
the Sugar Bowl. "I don't want to sit
on the bench making the minimum
watching Florida State on Saturdays
play on TV."
Weinke, along with returning quar-
terbacks Drew Brees of Purdue and
Michael Vick of Virginia Tech, should
start the 2000 season among the top
contenders for the Heisman Trophy.
There were no underclassmen quar-
terbacks on the list. Among the top
quarterback prospects for the draft are
reunion when inductions areheld.
Fisk, who played from 1969-93, and
Perez, active from 1964-86, will be
inducted into the Hall at Cooperstown,
N.Y., on July 23. Sparky
Anderson, who managed the Reds to
Series titles in 1975 and '76, is a leading
contender for election by the veterans'
committee, which meets Feb. 29 at
Tampa, Fla.
Dallas fires coach
despite playoffs
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Chan
Gailey was fired as coach of the
Dallas Cowboys yesterday, two days
after the team was knocked out of
the playoffs in the first round.
Jones did not give a specific rea-
son for firing Gailey, but said it
would take too much time and ener-
gy to get everyone on the same
page" for next season.
Gailey led Dallas to an 18-14
record in two regular seasons, but
the Cowboys were eliminated from
the playoffs in the first round both
Gailey, the fourth coach in the
team's 40-year history and the third
that Jones has hired, leaves with the
dubious distinction of being the first
without a Super Bowl victory. His
tenure also was the shortest.
There was no immediate word on
a replacement.

Chad Pennington of Marshall, Chris
Redman of Louisville and Tim Rattay
of Louisiana Tech.
The 5-foot-8, 210-pound Stith,
Tech's 1,000-yard rusher, was one of
three underclassmen running backs
on the list.
The others were Ronney Jenkins of
Northern Arizona and the Volunteers'
The senior running back class fea-
tures Heisman Trophy winner Ron
Dayne of Wisconsin, Thomas Jones of
Virginia and Shaun Alexander of
Charlton, a 6-0, 203-pound corner-
back, also showed his talent as a punt
returner in the Sugar Bowl. He
returned one 46 yards to set up a
third-quarter touchdown.
Charlton's early departure was
expected, but Stith's wasn't so certain.
"I told Shyrone all along that if it
looked like he'd go in the first or sec-
ond (round), 'You don't have to ask,
I'll boot you out of here,"' Tech assis-
tant Billy Hite said.
Cneece Overal
Michigan State 3 0 12 4
Indiana 2 1 12 2
Michigan 1 1: 10 3
Minnesota: 1 1 9 3
Ohio State 1 1 9 3
Illinois . 1 1 9 4
Wisconsin 1 1 9 4
Iowa 11 '1 7 6
Purdue 0 1 9.5
Northwestern 0 1 :4 9
Penn State;. 0, 2 8 5
Yesterday's results:
(11) MICHIGAN STATE 77, (9) Indiana 71 OT
Florida State QB,
Weinke to return
Weinke has quarterbacked Florida
State to 20 straight victories, and he'd
like to add another 13 before leaving
school - next year.
The Florida State quarterback said
Monday he will come back for his
senior season with an eye on defending
the school's national championship.
Weinke, who threw four touchdown
passes in a 46-29 victory over Virginia
Tech in the Sugar Bowl, will be 28 for
his final college season.
Weinke said he was told by NFL
scouts he'd be a third-round pick at best
in the April draft.

On "II"pI
Players who have announced their decislonto
maethemselves available for the NFL draft
to be held on April 15-16 withposition ad
school as announced by the NF
LaVar Arrington, LB, Penn State
Rodregis Brooks, CB, Ala.-Birmingham
Plaxico Burress, WR, Michigan State
Kwame Cavil, WR, Texas
Ike Charlton, DB, Virginia Tech
Cosey Coleman, G, Tennessee
Patrick Dennis, DB, Louisiana-Morroe
Nail Diggs, LB, Ohio State,-
Jeffrey Dunlap, DT, Auburn
Bubba Franks, TE, Miami
Deon Grant, FS, Tennessee
Bud Herring, LB, Louisville
Darrell Jackson, WR, Florida
Keith Jackson, DT, Cheyney, Pa.
Sebastian Janikowski, PK, Florida State
Ronney Jenkins, RB, Northern AnZona
Ben Kelly, CB, Colorado .
Jamal Lewis, RB, Tennessee
Tariq McDonald, WR, Arizona State
Lewis Sanders, CB, Maryland
Jacoby Shepherd, DB, Oklahoma State
Marvel Smith, OL, Arizona State
Shyrone Stith, RB, Virginia Tech
Travis Taylor, WR, Florida
Hubert Thompson, DE, Michigan State
Dez White, WR, Georgia Tech -

Virginia Tech tailback Shyrone Stith was among the 26 players who are foregoing
their final year of college for the NFL draft.

Michigan State victorious in OT
Spartans defeat Hoosiers 77-71, claim first place in the conference

Peterson wouldn't take the shot in a two-
point loss at Kentucky and Mateen
Cleaves called him a wimp.
Cleaves fed Peterson the ball again last
night, and this time he buried it for
Michigan State.
Peterson's 3-pointer forced overtime
and he scored four more points in the
extra session as No. I I Michigan State
defeated No. 9 Indiana 77-71 to take over
first place in the Big Ten.
"That's big time," Cleaves said. "He
didn't take that shot at Kentucky. I told
him he's our man. He's got to take that
shot. le's the guy we ride with. He came
up big time tonight."
The win was the 100th for coach Tom
Izzo and left the Spartans (3-0 Big Ten,
12-4 overall) the lone unbeaten team in
conference play.
"If there ever was a storybook ending
to your 100th win, this was it," said Izzo,
who guided the Spartans to a Final Four
appearance last season. "Beating a pro-
gram that you respect so much is some-
Indiana (2-1, 12-2), which never led in
the five-minute overtime, was held to just
one basket in the extra period, a 3-point-
er by Michael Lewis with 4 seconds
"This was a tough loss." Indiana coach
Bob Knight said. "Peterson made a big

play out there."
Charlie Bell led the Spartans with 22
points and Peterson finished with 17. A.J.
Guyton scored 28 points for the
Hoosiers, who were outrebounded 46-37.
Peterson's 3-pointer with 11.3 seconds
left in regulation, on a pass from Cleaves,
was only the Spartans' fifth basket over
the final 10:44 and tied it at 62. Cleaves
heaved up a long shot from just inside
midcourt at the buzzer for Michigan
State, but the ball spun out of the rim.
"I thought it was down," Cleaves said.
"Especially when it rimmed in. But, we
just had to suck it up and come back."
A.J. Granger's layup 47 seconds into
the overtime gave the Spartans a lead
they never lost. Two free throws by David
Thomas gave Michigan State - a 75-68
lead with 8.9 seconds remaining.
Lewis' 3-pointer cut it four points, then
Granger sealed it with two free throws.
with 2.8 seconds left.
"We got one tonight," Peterson said.
"But that's a great team. We've got to be
ready when we play them again (Feb.
With so much on the line, both teams
looked a little nervous at the start. In the
first eight minutes, Indiana was leading
11-9 and had hit just 4 of 13 shots, while
the Spartans were shooting 3 of 14, and
each team had turned the ball over four
times. And the ball handling never got

much better. Each team finished with 17
turnovers in the typically bump andtbang
Big Ten contest.
The rest of the first half settled into a
game of runs.
Guyton scored nine points in a 9-0
burst that put Indiana ahead 25-20. But
Bell scored six as the Spartans answered
with an 8-0 run for a 28-25 lead. A three-
point play by Guyton tied it at 28, but
Bell's 3-pointer from the right corner just
before the buzzer sent Michigan State uff
with a 31-28 halftime lead.
Each team led once by seven points in
the second half, the last time with 2:45
remaining after two free throws by Kirk
Haston gave Indiana a 58-51 edge.
Cleaves, making his first start since
returning last week from a foot injury
that kept sidelined for 10 weeks, hid
eight 3-pointers to claim the record \ih
653, eclipsing the old mark of 645 by
Scott Skiles.
63: Doc Robinson hit a tiebreaking 3-
pointer with 24.4 seconds to play and
Scott Pohlman added two free throws as
Auburn beat Kentucky 66-63.
It was Auburn's first victory over
Kentucky since 1990 and snapped the
Wildcats' six-game winning streak.
Auburn fans stormed the court in cele-
bration, makin; it impossible for the
players to leave the floor.

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