TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coach Bobby Bowden called off an afternoon practice Wednesday to meet with his players, about two dozen of which are expected to be suspended for the Music City Bowl for involvement in an academic cheating scandal.
The Seminoles (7-5) will take on Kentucky (7-5) on New Year's Eve in Nashville with a decidedly water-down roster.
The university, citing federal privacy laws, has not identified the athletes being disciplined for cheating on an online music history exam.
At least two football players already have been penalized for their involvement. Defensive end Kevin McNeil missed the season and wide receiver Joslin Shaw missed the first four games. Athletes from other sports were also involved.
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• PRO FOOTBALL -- Bill Parcells' day began with reports he would rebuild the Atlanta Falcons. It ended with him on the cusp of taking the same job with the Miami Dolphins.
Parcells and Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga agreed Wednesday on a four-year contract to be Miami's vice president of football operations, according to ESPN, which employs the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach as an analyst.
• COLLEGE BASEBALL -- The University of South Carolina has reached an agreement to start building its new baseball stadium.
The school says a $24.7 million contract was awarded to Contract Construction, Inc. The $34 million project is expected to be ready by the start of the next academic year, with the first game scheduled for 2009.
Baseball coach Ray Tanner says he's eager to see the building come out of the ground.
The stadium is part of South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman's proposed $200 million facilities plan to upgrade South Carolina's athletic buildings.
• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- The interim tag is off -- Tom Osborne is Nebraska's athletic director.
Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced Wednesday that the 70-year-old Osborne would remain as athletic director until June 30, 2010.
Ten years removed from his celebrated coaching career, Osborne returned to the university as interim athletic director Oct. 16, the day after Steve Pederson was fired.
Since then, Osborne has fired Bill Callahan as football coach, hired Bo Pelini and helped the Huskers in recruiting.
• It began as a friendly basketball game in Mark Mangino's old neighborhood of New Castle, Pa. One of Mangino's teammates kept making mistakes. Finally, Mangino threw up his hands and let the kid have it.
Those leadership skills 40 years later would steer surprising Kansas into national championship contention and help him become The Associated Press Coach of the Year.
In his sixth season with Kansas, Mangino has gotten an exceptional effort from the Jayhawks. Long-woeful Kansas won a school-record 11 games, had two All-Americans and earned a spot in the Bowl Championship Series for the first time. On Jan. 3 in Miami, the Jayhawks will play Virginia Tech in their first major bowl since 1969.
In voting by AP college football poll voters, Mangino received 28 of a possible 58 votes, easily outdistancing Missouri's Gary Pinkel, who had 11. Hawaii's June Jones was third (seven votes) and Illinois coach Ron Zook fourth (five votes).
• Four years after Rick Neuheisel left the University of Washington with his reputation tarnished, the former UCLA quarterback has emerged as a candidate to become coach at his alma mater.
Neuheisel, currently the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, confirmed Wednesday that UCLA has contacted him about replacing the fired Karl Dorrell. Neuheisel's boss, Ravens coach Brian Billick, is lobbying for him to get the job.
• GOLF -- Tiger Woods, Lorena Ochoa and Jay Haas were voted players of the year on their respective tours by the Golf Writers Association of America, the second straight year they won the awards.
Woods, who has won the award a record nine times in the last 11 years, had seven victories on the PGA Tour, captured his 13th career major at the PGA Championship and easily won the inaugural FedEx Cup by winning the final two playoff events.
He received 205 votes, with the other five going to Phil Mickelson.
• HOLE IN ONE -- Ron Pluim aced the par-3, 130-yard 17th hole at Regent Park Golf Club with an 8-iron.