South Carolina Fires Woods; Clemson Hires West

From Staff and Wire Reports

Sparky Woods was fired as football coach at South Carolina, and Tennessee Chattanooga coach Tommy West was hired by Clemson on Monday.

Mike McGee, South Carolina’s athletic director, said the program had gone as far as it could under Woods. The Gamecocks were 4-7 this year, their third consecutive losing season. McGee said he had not contacted anyone officially about filling the job.

West, a former Clemson assistant, replaces Ken Hatfield, who stepped down last week when the school would not extend his contract by another year despite the Tigers’ 8-3 record. Instead, Clemson bought out the remaining three years of Hatfield’s contract for $600,000.


In other coaching moves, Bob Stull agreed to resign at Missouri and become an assistant athletic director. Stull was 15-38-2 in five seasons at Missouri.

Florida A&M; Coach Ken Riley resigned after a 5-6 season in his eighth year at his alma mater.


Colorado officials announced that the Buffaloes will face Fresno State in the Aloha Bowl at Honolulu. That came after John Hancock Bowl officials said they had chosen No. 19 Oklahoma over No. 18 Colorado to face Texas Tech.


Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward was honored as the nation’s outstanding player by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Pro Basketball

The Golden State Warriors said an examination by team doctors confirmed Chris Webber sprained his left ankle and will be sidelined indefinitely. Webber was injured during Sunday night’s game in Detroit when he fell over Piston center Bill Laimbeer.


Ramesh Krishnan, the No. 1 player for India’s Davis Cup team, said he would boycott the first-round match with the United States in March because an Indian tennis official accused him of playing injured in this year’s World Group semifinal against Australia to claim a promised bonus of $64,500.

Krishnan lost in singles and doubles when India was beaten, 5-0, by Australia.


Arturo Angeles, a civil engineer from Temple City, was the only American selected for a pool of 30 referees who may officiate during the 1994 World Cup.

FIFA, soccer’s governing body, will choose 22 referees plus linesmen for the tournament.

Jean Fournet-Fayard, president of the French soccer federation, resigned after a year marked by the Olympique Marseille bribery scandal and the national team’s failure to make the World Cup finals.


Twenty-seven of the 39 Cuban athletes and officials who have defected during the Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico have formally applied for political asylum, the Immigration and Naturalization Service reported. . . . A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Keith Dambrot, former Central Michigan University basketball coach, who was fired after using a racial slur in a speech to his team.