Florida tackle Kenyatta Walker and Michigan State defensive end Hubert Thompson were ejected from the Citrus Bowl after a third-quarter fight.
The scuffle erupted when Florida quarterback Doug Johnson tossed a short slant pass that Travis Taylor turned into a 39-yard score and gave the Gators the lead with three seconds remaining in the quarter. Before the play ended, however, Johnson started running toward Thompson. Walker ran over to protect his quarterback. He and Thompson scuffled and both benches emptied.
Florida Coach Steve Spurrier and Michigan State Coach Bobby Williams met at midfield, talked briefly, then began sending their respective players to the sidelines.
On the ensuing kickoff, Florida's Demetrius Lewis was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Spartans went on to win, 37-34.
TV Extension for BCS?
ABC is offering the Bowl Championship Series a four-year contract extension worth about $400 million that would probably ensure that major college football couldn't decide its national champion with a playoff until 2006, Bloomberg News reported, citing unidentified sources.
ABC is offering a 30 percent increase to extend the contract, which began last season and gives the Walt Disney Co. unit the rights to the Division I-A championship game through 2002. Even with the increase, the yearly payout to the BCS would be less than one-fifth of what CBS paid in November to secure the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
The offer was relayed to BCS directors in December. Although the BCS could wait until August to consider the offer, it probably will unveil an agreement with ABC by April, high-ranking college athletic officials said.
"I would expect we'd have an announcement with ABC soon," said Tom Hansen, commissioner of the Pac 10 Conference and a BCS director.
ABC's offer includes an average payout of $25.5 million for each of the four BCS-sanctioned games, the Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar. ABC's current agreement, which began last year, pays the BCS about $79 million, about $19 million a game.
President Clinton Calls
Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt received a phone call from President Clinton after the Razorbacks defeated Texas, 27-6, in the Cotton Bowl.
Nutt said Clinton, a former governor of Arkansas, told him he called the stop-and-go pass from Clint Stoerner to Anthony Lucas that netted 47 yards when Arkansas faced third and 12 at its 1 early in the third quarter.
"I said, 'You should have phoned earlier, I needed you throughout the first half,' " Nutt said.
"He said they had a White House full in a theater, cheering us, had a good day watching. He said he loved it, loved our effort. He was just really complimentary, just very nice."
Nutt also accepted an invitation to join Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for the Cowboys' game Sunday against the New York Giants. Earlier in the week, Nutt asked Jones--a former Razorback--to speak to his team for a few minutes.
Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles was taken from Cotton Bowl stadium in an ambulance after experiencing tightness in his chest during the game.
Broyles, who had a heart attack several years ago, was taken to the emergency room at Baylor University Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. Tests showed that Broyles, 75, did not have a heart attack, a university statement said.
Broyles was watching the game from a VIP box two levels above the stadium's press box when he felt tightness in his chest, a Cotton Bowl official said.