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College football roundup: Gators following familiar plan
For this season's national championship game, Florida coach Urban Meyer is following the plan used when the Gators won the title two years ago. That's no surprise, since Florida dominated Ohio State for that crown.
Oklahoma is tweaking the way it prepares. Losing four straight BCS games is still grating on the Sooners — who weren't afraid to say so Friday, when the teams arrived at different South Florida airports to begin final preparations for Thursday's title showdown.
"We're going to change one major thing and that's to get a win," Oklahoma defensive back Nic Harris said.
Meyer said much of the Gators' game plan is installed, with just the parts featuring wide receiver Percy Harvin remaining. Harvin, from Virginia Beach's Landstown High, was slowed during the regular season by a high ankle sprain that kept him out of the Southeastern Conference title game against Alabama.
"Oh, he's playing, unless there's a setback," Meyer said.
JACKSON REMEMBERS 'GALLANT' STANDThe Rev. Jesse Jackson linked a "gallant" stand against segregation by a University of Buffalo football team 50 years ago to Barack Obama's historic election as president.
Speaking at the International Bowl luncheon one day before Buffalo plays Connecticut in Toronto, Jackson paid tribute to Buffalo's 1958 team, whose players voted to refuse a Tangerine Bowl bid because of a law in Orlando, Fla., that barred blacks and whites from competing on the same field. Star halfback Willie Evans and defensive end Mike Wilson, both black, would not have been allowed to play.
"We are a better nation and a better world because of these changes," Jackson said.
ODU ADDS QB RECRUITOld Dominion signed Thomas DeMarco, who could be a strong contender to start at quarterback when the Monarchs start play later this year. Playing for Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College, he passed for almost 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for eight TDs.
ODU also signed defensive lineman Carlos Guglielmi, who grew up in British Columbia and had 25 tackles and three sacks in junior college for Butte (Calif.).
ELSEWHERETwo Santa Ana College football players and a friend were charged with raping and assaulting an 18-year-old woman while she lay unconscious in a hotel room. Freshman running back Michael Clemmons, 19, and sophomore wide receiver Luster Lewis, 20, were arrested this week after someone found a 19-minute video the players made of the assault, the Orange County (Calif.) district attorney's office said. John Paul Foster II, 22, is also accused of helping the players repeatedly rape the victim in July. ...
New Orleans Saints assistant and former Mississippi head coach Ed Orgeron joined Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin's staff. Orgeron will work as an assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach. ... Ohio State did not bring freshman starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Fiesta Bowl media day, snubbing bowl officials.