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The Tuskegee News, September 12, 1996, Page 7 attempts to bounce back rday in home opener RHODES friendly confines of Alumni Bowl tonic needed for the Tuskegee football team Saturday when the go after their first win of the sea- Brown College visits. at 1 p.m. Comegy is seeking his first victory head coach after seeing his Golden a 20-12 opener at Savannah State m a Southern Intercollegiate (SIAC) contest before trav- )ivision I-AA Florida A&M this past and being blasted 56-0 by the contest featured Comegy, a for- under FAMU coach Billy Joe at Ohio where Comegy was defen- inator on a national NAIA champion led by Joe and then succeeded Joe to ',entral State to a national title last into the FAMU game concerned club correcting numerous mistakes Golden Tigers a win at Savannah the overall strength of Florida division above NCAA Division II was too much as the Rattlers domi- phase of the game. quarterback Oteman Sampson, the their record on the young season to ing up a 43-0 lead at the half and a pair of second-half touchdowns margin. tied Florida A&M's single game four touchdown runs, three from a fourth on a 19-yarder. Sampson his arm strength with a 44-yard strike to Robert Wilson and another 54 yards to Marvin Taylor. picked up other touchdowns on a 2-yard run by Corey Brooks and a 9-yard scam- per by Damian Slaughter. TU punter Heath Gathercole was tackled in the end zone for two more FAMU r, oints. The home Rattlers totally dominated defen- sively, limiting Tuskegee to minus 23 yards on the ground on 25 rushes. Quarterback Grant Mitchell was pressured all game as he was minus 41 yards rushing on tbur attempts. He was sacked twice. Andre Dawson, who missed TU's opener after sitting out last season with a knee injury, had 24 yards on two carries in a late appearance. Mitchell was 9-of-22 passing for 57 yards and sacked twice, tte was intercepted once. Sidney Turner passed five times with one completion for 46 yards while being intercepted once. Aldred Colquitt's lone pass attempt was intercepted. Scan Cornelius caught four passes for 65 yards to pace TU receivers. Defensively, linebacker Marcus Wiggins recorded 12 tackles, six solo and six assists, while forcing a fumble and breaking up a pass. Lineman Julius Patton had two tackles for 14 yards in losses. Sampson rushed for 48 yards and passed for 300 as the Rattlers rolled up 510 yards total offense to only 80 yard for TU. Morris Brown comes to Tuskegee with an 0-2 record, having lost 23-16 last week to Bethune Cookman. Morris Brown wor~ its only game of a 1-9 season in 1995 with a 21-19 victory over TU at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. TU notes: Punter Heath Gathercole was named SIAC special teams player of the week after averaging 38.3 yards on seven punts. He's a sophomore from Santee, Calif... TU leads the series with Morris Brown, 28-16-5... WBIL (580-AM) of Tuskegee will broadcast the game with Frank Lee handling play-by-play and Paul Carney the color commentary. Photo by Wendell Rodgers Tuskegee University head football coach Rick Comegy .. Set to make home debut Saturday against Morris Brown urn University Bureau launches a year-long r University has launched a year-long its intercollegiate athletics program involve trustees, administrators, fac- students and alumni, in addition to peer review team and the NCM on Athletics Certification. is ~art of the NCM's certification by member institutions in 300 NCAA Division I schools eventu- required to go through the certifica- e Robert Thomas says that student of its program for intercollegiate athletics while NCM-related activities often are per- ceived negatively, feedback from most of the 70 NCM Division I institutions that have been through this process is positive. "They tell us this is an opportunity to develop relationships we didn't have before and . . . understanding of athletics throughout the uni- versity . . . in coordination with the mission of the institution," he said. A 32-member steering committee, chaired by Jim Ferguson, vice president for administrative services at AU. will tbllow NCM guidelines for the self-study The process focuses on four specific areas: aca- demic integrity, fiscal integrity, governance/rules compliance and commitment to equity. Four subcommittees will look at each of those specific areas. A review team drawn from out-of-state uni- versities and athletics conferences other than the Southeastern Conference will visit Auburn in fall 1997 to evaluate the athletics program as well as the self-study's adherence to NCM guidelines. That external peer review team reports in turn to the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification, which will determine Auburn's certification status: certified, certified with conditions or not certified. Sanctions can be imposed on institutions that fail to conduct a comprehensive self-study or develop plans to correct problems. NCM empha- sis, Thomas said, is on open evaluation, recog- nition of areas in need of improvement, and measurable action plans. "It's okay not to be perfect and to acknowledge the opportunity to take the next step," Thomas said. "We're not looking for institutions to just pat themselves on the back. " Thomas complimented Auburn for its written plan that will guide the self-study. All prelimi- nary criteria have been met, he said. UBLIC NOTICE Through the magic of simulcast technology, sports fans in central Alabama can now watch ~nd wager on horse and greyhound racing across the county, including; this Saturday's :lous Belmont Stakes. Victoryland now introduces the "Sport of Kings" -- horse racing -- to fans and offers up to three more greyhound performances a day from top tracks. This is big news for our racing fans," said VictorvLand President Milton Mc(;regor "With ng, we can offer up to 50 more races per da}; and fans can enjoy the \ariet\' of t~o -- horse racing and greyhound racing. "Our patrons will also have the opportunity from right here in Shorter t~ participate in some very large, very attractive wagering pools." In simulcasting, live racing action, is sent by satellite to Victoryland from tracks across the Fans who wager on races can wager directly into the pools at the originating parks. Often, especially in horse racing, jackpots grow quickly due to the number of patnms participating and the type of wager. At this time. VictoryLand will routinely carry two afternoon simulcaMs and two ex ening simulcasts. Afternoons will feature horse racing from Arlington International Race Course mmr Chicago (1 p.rn, post time) and greyhound racing from Cloverleaf Kennel Club in C~Jorado (2 p.m. time) At night, fans can enjoy greyhound races from Wonderland Greyhound Park in etts (6:25 p.m. post time) and from the venerable Derby l.ane Si. Petersburg Kenne! in Florida (6:30 p.m. post time). VictoryLand will continue to offer its standard card of live gre}hound racing Monday through Saturday. VictoryLand's opening times will be earlier due to simulcasting. Gates will open at 12:30 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Saturday opening time will remain 11:30 a.m. For Saturday's simulcast of the Belmont the park will open at 11 am. Post time for the Belmont is 11-30 am. GREYHOUND RACING Admission 19 and Over Take 1-85 - Exit 22 - Shorter, Alabama MAR( ,E Has "HVP " I Great Value! Maximum Here' s What Value Package! 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