After two months of browbeating his team, Florida football coach Steve Spurrier had a stunning change of heart yesterday.
He admitted he was wrong.
"There was probably a little too much criticism on my part," Spurrier said.
In another stark turnabout, Spurrier said all the seniors that contributed this season will get their starting jobs back for the Jan. 1 Citrus Bowl. Most notably, that includes QB Doug Johnson, whose aching shoulder has recovered.
NOT SO LITTLE: Kavin Gailliard's record season landed the running back from American International on the Associated Press Little all-America team. Gailliard ran for 2,653 yards and scored 34 touchdowns in breaking Barry Sanders's NCAA all-divisions single-season rushing record by 25 yards. (Complete list, Page D8.)
STILL GROWING: Women's soccer was the fastest-growing college sport in 1997-98, according to an NCAA report. There were 724 teams playing at NCAA colleges that season, 30 more than the previous season.
FROM THE BLOTTER: Florida State DE Roland Seymour was cleared to participate in the Sugar Bowl but must make restitution for free workouts he received over the summer in Houston. . . . Georgia Tech WR Kelly Campbell, arrested last week on a misdemeanor drug charge, will be allowed to play in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl, Coach George O'Leary said. . . . Suspended basketball player JaRon Rush has admitted to UCLA officials he violated NCAA rules by accepting money from an agent, the Los Angeles Times reported. . . . Former Northwestern football player Dwight Brown pleaded guilty yesterday to lying when he told a federal grand jury he had never placed bets with a campus bookie.