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Alabama's game against Florida State won't take place until Sept. 29.

But the ticket office isn't waiting for that date. Beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m., the Alabama Ticket Office will accept orders for the game, which will be played in Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

Both schools have been allocated 33,000 tickets, which will sell for $45 apiece. Tide Pride season-ticket holders, students and faculty will get another price, which has not been disclosed.

Tide Pride members can order Florida State tickets when they're mailed season-renewal forms March 19.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Randy Shannon got on the ground on a sunny, breezy Tuesday afternoon, barking out instructions while showing a group of offensive linemen the correct way to corral a loose ball.

"Do it right, or you run," Shannon warned 340-pound tackle Chris Barney.

Spring practice was barely 15 minutes old, and already, Shannon was in the process of reshaping the Miami Hurricanes.

Miami's new coach has added new rules — among them, any player caught with a gun is off the team and players must wait two years before moving off-campus, plus maintain a 2.5 grade-point average to stay there. He's demanding accountability on and off the field, all part of the plan to push the Hurricanes to prominence.

South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia, arrested twice in recent weeks, will not participate in spring practice, which begins March 20, coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday.

Garcia was arrested Saturday and accused of damaging a professor's car with a key. Last month, the 19-year-old was arrested and charged with drunkenness and failing to stop for a police officer.

"Stephen Garcia will be suspended from all football team activities through the end of this semester," Spurrier said in a statement. "He will be expected to go to class and study hall but will not participate in any spring practices or team football meetings."

Spurrier said he hoped Garcia would make "an all-out effort to get his personal life in line with our other Carolina football players and eventually reach his full potential as a student-athlete."

On Monday, Garcia issued an apology to the professor, Spurrier, his teammates and fans.

? South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier will get in an F-16 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base on Thursday and take to the skies.

Spurrier will sit in the rear cockpit of a two-seat training version of the fighter jet, the school said Tuesday. The ride will last about one hour.

Orientation and familiarization flights are authorized by the Air Force for distinguished community leaders.

Spurrier is expected to fly with a combat pilot out of the 169th Fighter Wing of the South Carolina Air National Guard.

- From staff, wire reports

Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
AP contributed to this report.

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