Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hey, Chris, at Least You're Younger Than .

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hey, Chris, at Least You're Younger Than .

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Florida State's Chris Weinke, who is older than 18 of the NFL's projected starting quarterbacks, says he gets tired of being reminded how old he is for a college quarterback. Well, here's something that should make the 28-year-old Seminole feel a little younger. Weinke's counterpart in tonight's Pigskin Classic at Alltel Stadium, BYU sophomore quarterback Bret Engemann, is the brother-in-law of CNN talk-show host Larry King, who is 66. King is married to Engemann's 40-year-old sister, Shawn Southwick. Another twist to this family tree is that BYU signed a freshman quarterback, Danny Southwick, that happens to be Engemann's nephew. Confused? Danny is Shawn's son by a previous marriage. No need to worry about uncle and nephew being involved in a quarterback competition, though. Danny is preparing to go on a two-year Mormon mission before resuming his football career. . . . Incidentally, any reports of King sightings yesterday around Jacksonville are probably accurate. He has purchased two club seats and plans on attending tonight's game. . . . Tony Brackens finally signing a long-term contract yesterday with the Jaguars was a sign of dual desperation. Brackens was desperate to get the guaranteed bonus money ($6.5 million, plus the team's option to double that next season) and the Jaguars were desperate for salary cap relief. In the end, both sides caved. The Jaguars can only hope that Brackens' expensive hamstring doesn't do the same.

It'll be interesting to see how the real possibility of having at least 20,000 empty seats for the FSU-BYU game will impact the ongoing negotiations with Jacksonville trying to entice Georgia Tech and FSU to play their 2002 and 2003 games at Alltel Stadium. The Gator Bowl Association, the Tourist Development Council and the Sports & Entertainment Board are working in consortium to get those games. But in having to pay out $4 million in total guarantee money to both schools, they also need better attendance than expected at tonight's game to ensure they don't lose money on the deal. …

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