Keith Jackson isn't quitting after all. ABC announced yesterday that Jackson will be back in the booth next fall. He will do 12 or 13 Pac-10 games and the Rose Bowl.
Last season's Fiesta Bowl was supposed to be Jackson's finale, ending a season full of tributes for the voice of college football. Jackson changed his mind when Howard Katz, ABC's new sports president, asked him about doing games only on the West Coast.
Jackson, who lives in Los Angeles, liked the idea and decided to unretire. He reportedly had entertained feelers for an unspecified role at CBS.
"It would seem to be a little self-serving to retire and then resurface," Jackson, 71, said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I guarantee I would not have done this if not for this deal. This cuts my travel by 90 percent. I still can stay at home and sleep in my own bed."
"I still enjoy what I'm doing," said Jackson, who will continue to be teamed with Bob Griese. "This is what I do. I love college football and I love being a part of it."
Katz also disclosed that ABC won't have a true No. 1 announcer for college football next year. Instead, the big games will be split between Brent Musburger and partner Dan Fouts, and Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson. . . .
Fox sued Turner Broadcasting and its parent company, claiming Turner's new regional entertainment network violated a non-compete agreement the two media companies signed three years ago.
Fox Sports Net South asked a Superior Court judge to restrain Turner from offering its new network, known as Turner South. Fox, a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., said the Turner network, a division of Time Warner Inc., will directly compete with Fox's Sports Net South.
As part of a $65 million deal in which Fox acquired SportSouth from Turner, the sides agreed in 1996 to a 12-year non-compete clause.
Fox claimed after receiving the $65 million payment in 1998, Turner "secretly began to make plans to form its own regional cable television sports network to broadcast Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, and Atlanta Thrashers games in direct competition with SportSouth."
Hold the Lobster
Members of the International Olympic Committee will give up some of their accustomed luxuries at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
The IOC executive board today agreed to cutbacks in the hospitality provided to IOC members during the Games, a result of the corruption scandal that has tarnished the IOC and hampered the fund-raising efforts of Sydney and Salt Lake organizers.
While providing savings of millions of dollars, the reductions also are intended to help dispel the image of IOC members as pampered and privileged.
"It's important in terms of budget, but also important in terms of symbolism, for Sydney and the IOC," Sydney Organizing Committee President Michael Knight said.
One example of the change is that food in VIP lounges will consist of "more modest snacks--certainly not lobster," Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates said.
Making It Big
First Chris Webber. Then Olaf Kolzig. Now Steve Francis.
Francis, the former Maryland basketball star from Takoma Park, soon will have an enlarged photo of himself dunking a basketball on a wall across from MCI Center.
The 40-foot-by-60-foot photo will be unveiled Friday during a 10 a.m. ceremony announcing the Steve Francis Foundation, a charitable organization centered on community and children's issues. Francis will attend the ceremony, which is open to the public, and will take place on F Street, between 6th and 7th streets NW.
Fried and Company, owned by Francis's agent, Jeff Fried, paid for the photo. The photo will stay on the wall at least until the completion of the NBA draft, which will be June 30 at MCI Center. The wall is not owned by MCI Center or Washington Sports & Entertainment.
Former Terps QB Dies
Former Maryland Terrapins quarterback Bernie Faloney, who was the inaugural ACC football player of the year in 1953, died of cancer in Hamilton, Ontario, one day before his 67th birthday. Faloney went on to star in the Canadian Football League. His No. 10 was retired last week by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Faloney, who died Monday night, had colon cancer diagnosed last year. It ultimately spread to his liver. Shortly after his diagnosis, Faloney became a spokesman for fund-raising to fight the disease.
He began his CFL career with Edmonton in 1954, helping lead the Eskimos to a Grey Cup title that season. He joined the Tiger-Cats in 1957, leading them to seven Grey Cup appearances over the next eight years. In 1961, he was named the CFL's outstanding player. He went to Montreal in 1965 and ended his career two years later with the B.C. Lions. He played in nine Grey Cup games, winning four. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1974 and will be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 6.
Marino Gets Extension
The last quarterback from the NFL class of 1983 intends to remain the Miami Dolphins' main passer into the next millennium. Dan Marino signed a two-year contract extension through the 2001 season.
CAPTION: Keith Jackson, who retired after last season, will rejoin ABC to broadcast West Coast college football games.