Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BRIEFS Writer Resigns amid Allegations

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BRIEFS Writer Resigns amid Allegations

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A longtime sports writer who said he helped an insurance executive forward money to a star Tennessee football player in 1999 has resigned amid investigations of possible NCAA and tax violations.

Wayne Rowe, who had been with the Mobile (Ala.) Register for more than 20 years, said he forwarded two checks totaling $4,500 from then-AARCO Insurance Agency Inc. President Dianne Sanford to quarterback Tee Martin in February 1999. Martin denies receiving the payments.

Rowe resigned on Friday after an AARCO manager came forward with evidence of a third check for $1,500 made out to Rowe.

"I don't know what happened with that money," Rowe said.

UNF BASEBALL GETS TOURNEY BID -- The University of North Florida baseball team, ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, was awarded a bid to the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive year. The Ospreys will be the No. 2 seed in the NCAA South Atlantic Regional Tournament, which begins Thursday at Kennesaw State University.

The regional teams are all from the Peach Belt Conference: UNF (40-14), Kennesaw (44-11), Columbus State (40-14) and Georgia College and State (35-16). The Ospreys will play Columbus State at 3 p.m. Thursday.

LINEMAN MILLS TRANSFERS FROM UF TO UK -- Bennie Mills, considered one of the nation's top prep defensive linemen in 1999, has transferred from Florida to Kentucky, the Wildcats announced.

Mills redshirted in 2000, then played in six games at offensive guard for the Gators last season. After sitting out a year, Mills will return to the defensive line at Kentucky.

FSU ROUNDUP -- Junior left-hander Matt Lynch was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week yesterday. Lynch (11-1) pitched a complete-game, 4-0 victory over Maryland on Friday. . . . The volleyball team has signed opposite/middle blocker Kristen Rust of Cincinnati and setter/left side hitter Carly Adams of Miami, while middle blocker Treneshia Biggers will transfer in from the College of Southern Idaho. …

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