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Saturday, November 18, 2006

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Good Buy?

A seller on eBay sold what he claims is former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick's ring from the 2003 Insight Bowl. Winning bid: $826. Vick, currently a member of the Miami Dolphins, was dismissed from the school after last season following a spate of bad behavior. "I hadn't heard about that," Hokies senior linebacker Brenden Hill said. "The thing about it is, you never know. It could be somebody just saying that. I don't think he has that disdain and dislike for this program. I doubt he really did that. If someone did do that, that would be a little slap in the face to the program. But I don't think he did that."

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Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune punished Oklahoma for losing to Texas Tech last Saturday by dropping the Sooners from No. 15 to No. 24 in his Associated Press poll vote. One problem: Oklahoma didn't lose. Kleinpeter's vote was taken away after the gaffe was discovered, proving that in college football, voters can be disenfranchised for a lack of knowledge. Kleinpeter asked someone in the press box while covering LSU-Alabama about the Oklahoma game and was told the Sooners had lost. Kleinpeter said he couldn't find the score the next day, so he relied on the word of mouth.

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Good Night

More than 100 years after it introduced college football to electricity, Mansfield University turned the lights out. The Division II team finished 0-10 this season and cut its football program, but it leaves a unique legacy. Mansfield hosted the first outdoor night football game in 1892. That game, however, was a harbinger for things to come for Mansfield. Then called Mansfield State Normal School, it played a scoreless tie against Wyoming Seminary in Mansfield, Pa. One hundred four years later, the Mountaineers finished 2-29 over the last three seasons.

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Darrell Dickey's name no longer will be on North Texas's payroll, but it will be plastered on the school's practice facility. A booster named Jim McIlvane -- known locally as "Mattress Mac" for his bedding commercials -- donated $1 million to the Mean Green on one condition: the practice facility he was funding needed to be named after Dickey, or he was giving the money to the music department. This wouldn't be much of a problem, except for the minor detail that North Texas fired Dickey last week.

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