September 13, 2013
UNC’s Fedora: Okla. State allegations ‘shocking’
CHAPEL HILL (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora says he never saw signs of alleged rules violations reported by Sports Illustrated while an assistant at Oklahoma State.
SI reported improper payments to players from boosters and academic fraud within the program from 2000-11. Fedora was the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator under Mike Gundy from 2005-07 before becoming head coach at Southern Mississippi.
Fedora, now in his second year at UNC, called the allegations “shocking” Wednesday evening but says he doesn’t know if they’re true. He says Gundy and administrators made it clear “that you were going to do things right there, no doubt.”
Fedora said he has talked with UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham about the allegations. He also said he expected Oklahoma State officials would be “aggressive” and “transparent” with any investigation.
Record bid of $115K claims ‘12THMAN’ license plate
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas A&M “12THMAN” specialty auto license plate has been awarded to a prominent Houston attorney for a record winning bid of $115,000.
Kim Drummond with Austin-based My Plates says bids stalled at $42,000 at 11:45 a.m. Thursday. But a bidding war ensued that shot the price upward by the noon deadline.
The top bidder was Tony Buzbee, who has represented plaintiffs against oil giant BP and in other high-profile cases. He says the plate will be given to an Iraq war veteran he knows.
My Plates, the state customized license plate contractor, auctioned off 10-year rights to the plate.
The previous record for a specialty plate was a bid of $25,000 in January for “HOUSTON.”
The 12THMAN plate will be presented to Buzbee during the Texas A&M-Alabama game Saturday.
Seahawks fans to attempt stadium roar record
SEATTLE (AP) — Some of the loudest NFL fans in the country are attempting to become the loudest in the world.
This Sunday, Seattle Seahawks fans will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for loudest stadium, or officially “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium,” which was set in 2011 in Turkey at the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena during a soccer match between Galatasaray SC and Fenerbahce.
The record is 131.76 decibels.
“Seahawk fans are always loud, so basically we’re going to measure it,” said Joe Tafoya, a former NFL defensive end who played one season for Seattle.
He now co-runs Volume 12, the fan group organizing the attempt. The group is footing the bill for the Guinness Book of World Records official to come to Seattle. They’ve also found a sound engineer with equipment to do the measuring.
Seahawks fans are already known to be noisy, but on Sunday the game will be against the division rival San Francisco 49ers, the reigning NFC champs, and the stakes are already high for an early season game. The game is a sell-out.