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COLLEGE FOOTBALL / BOWL REPORT : COTTON: USC vs. TEXAS TECH, Monday : Dykes Makes Joke Out of Rip

Texas Tech Coach Spike Dykes spoke Saturday about comments by his defensive end, Damon Wickware, who this week knocked USC quarterback Rob Johnson, saying Johnson “isn’t a great quarterback” and “was somehow a Heisman candidate early in the season.”

Dykes: “Well, we can all see Damon is never going to be in NFL management.”

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Dykes, on the story that after his 4-7 1990 season someone stuck a “For Sale” sign in his lawn at his Lubbock home:

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“Truth is, that never happened . . . but I would sell that house if I could make a profit.”

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Texas Tech has one of the nation’s few female strength coaches. Meg Ritchie-Stone, originally from Kirkcaldy, Scotland, runs the team’s strength and stretching drills the first 10 minutes of practice every day.

Ritchie-Stone, 42, competed for Arizona in the shotput and discus in the early 1980s and represented Scotland at the 1980 and ’84 Olympics.

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USC free safety Micah Phillips will start in place of Mario Bradley, and Errick Herrin will start ahead of Donn Cunnigan at inside linebacker, Coach John Robinson said.

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USC tackle Tony Boselli, on why he turned down invitations to play in postseason all-star games.

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“I had a talk with Coach Robinson about it, and he felt I didn’t have anything to prove to the NFL. I’ve played against Penn State, Notre Dame. . . . If they want to see film on me against DeWayne Patterson (Washington State) or Tedy Bruschi (Arizona), it’s available.

“Coach felt it was more important for me to start getting in shape for those February NFL combine drills in Indianapolis.”


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