Florida State WR Peter Warrick and former Seminole Laveranues Cole pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and got a new lawyer yesterday. Warrick, a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy before his arrest, and Coles are accused of paying $21.40 for $412.38 worth of clothes with the help of a department store clerk.
The first court hearing was yesterday, but neither player was required to attend and neither did. The not guilty pleas were entered as a matter of routine. Also, Tallahassee lawyer Henry Hunter filed papers stating his intention to represent both Warrick and Coles.
* ACC SUSPENDS OFFICIALS: The Atlantic Coast Conference suspended for one game all six officials who refereed Saturday's Clemson-North Carolina State football game. Reviews of video tape replays and interviews with officials and game administrators confirmed complaints by both schools, league officials said. ACC Commissioner John Swofford called officials James Knight, Frank Overcash, Mike Looney, Bill Wampler, Rick Page and Virgil Valdez "extremely competent," but added that the entire crew "must be accountable as a team."
* INDIANA'S OGUNLEYE OUT: Indiana all-American DE Adewale Ogunleye will miss the rest of the season after suffering ligament damage to his left knee Saturday. Ogunleye, who passed up the opportunity to enter the NFL draft last year after his junior season, ends his career with a school-record 34 sacks.
* USA ADDS TWO: Conference USA presidents approved the addition of East Carolina (from the CAA) and Texas Christian (WAC) to the league in all sports in 2001, but passed on another WAC team, Southern Methodist.