The Southeastern Conference voted yesterday to award the University of Florida half of the $1.3 million the school says it lost by being kept out of the conference's television and bowl revenue-sharing program.
The Gators were placed on probation by the NCAA in 1984 for recruiting violations that led to the firing of Coach Charley Pell. Once on probation, the Gators forfeited a share of the television and bowl money, split among conference schools, under a 1978 SEC rule.
Mississippi President R. Gerald Turner, who presided over the vote at the conference meetings in Destin, Fla., said efforts by the Gators to correct their wrongdoings were a determining factor in awarding the $650,000.
The vote among the 10 school presidents was not announced, but Florida Athletic Director Bill Carr said "it was a good, strong consensus." Turner said the proposal "was made on the basis of the fact that President Marshall Criser and his staff had made significant efforts to correct the program at the University of Florida in a way consistent with SEC and NCAA rules." . . .
George Washington senior second baseman Kevin Fitzgerald has been named an academic all-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Fitzgerald, who batted .437 with nine home runs, had a 3.5 (of 4.0) grade point average and majored in political science.
Jack Zane of Maryland, Dave Wohlhueter of Cornell and Ed Alsene of Illinois Wesleyan have been named to COSIDA's Hall of Fame. They will be inducted into the 89-member hall July 3 in Nashville. LACROSSE
Virginia attackman Roddy Marino and goaltender Peter Sheehan and Navy midfielder Glen Miles were named first team all-Americas by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. GOLF
Oklahoma State's Scott Verplank shot another 4-under-par 68 to break a three-way tie and take the lead in the second round of the NCAA Division I men's championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Verplank finished the second round with an 8-under-par 136 to lift Oklahoma State out of fourth place and into the team lead with a 3-under-par 573. Second was Doug Martin, who also shot 68 but whose 140 total wasn't enough to keep Oklahoma in first place. Oklahoma (575) is in second . . .
In the women's championship at Ohio State, Page Dunlap shot a 3-under-par 70 -- 143 to help defending champion Florida take a share of the lead at the tournament's midway point. The Gators and first-round leader Miami of Florida stood at 6-over-par 590 after two rounds on the 6,100-yard course. Southern California (596) improved from sixth place to third with the day's best round, a 1-under 291. BOXING
Steve Cruz has agreed to replace injured Fernando Sosa in a scheduled 15-round World Boxing Association title fight against featherweight champion Barry McGuigan, who must approve the fight. Cruz is ranked No. 9 by the WBA. The bout would be part of a June 23 tripleheader card in Las Vegas . . .
Among the 36 athletes named by the USA Amateur Boxing Federation to the 1986 All-American amateur team was Daryl Lattimore of Washington, D.C., on the second team at 147 pounds. AMATEUR SPORTS
Former U.S. Olympic champions Floyd Patterson and Joe Frazier, who went on to become world heavyweight professional boxing champions, are among 10 finalists for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of '86. The five inductees will be announced June 21.
Patterson was the 1952 middleweight boxing gold medalist and Frazier was the 1964 heavyweight gold medalist. Other finalists include Bruce Jenner, 1976 decathlon champion, and Debbie Meyer, 1968 swimming triple gold medalist. SOCCER
Belgium demanded the extradition of 26 British soccer fans alleged to have had a key role in the Heysel stadium tragedy that left 39 dead.
One year after the May 29, 1985, disaster, a Justice Ministry spokesman in Brussels said it was up to the British courts to decide whether the fans would face charges in Belgium.
Meanwhile, ceremonies in two countries marked the anniversary. A delegation from Liverpool, England, attended the unveiling of a plaque in Turin, Italy, to commemorate the Italian fans who died. Liverpool soccer club president John Smith shook hands with Juventus counterpart Gianpiero Boniperto during the solemn ceremony in the gardens of the Juventus team headquarters.
In Brussels, 100 Italians living in Belgium laid wreaths and flowers outside Heysel. The group was barred from entering the stadium to pay tribute to the dead.