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SPURRIER CONCEDES HE WAS TOO TOUGH

After two months of browbeating his team into believing it was bad, Florida football coach Steve Spurrier had a stunning change of heart. He admitted he was wrong.

"There was probably a little too much criticism on my part," Spurrier said.

Not only did Spurrier admit he handled the 9-3 Gators the wrong way, he committed to do something about it come the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day, when Florida faces Michigan State (9-2). In another stark turnabout from a few weeks ago, Spurrier said all the seniors that contributed this season will get their starting jobs back.

Most notably, that includes quarterback Doug Johnson.

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Georgia Tech wide receiver Kelly Campbell, arrested last week on a misdemeanor drug charge, will be allowed to play in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl, coach George O'Leary said. O'Leary said Campbell had taken a drug test and was cleared to play in the New Year's Day game against No. 23 Miami.

The bowl season continues tonight with the first Mobile Alabama Bowl, pitting Texas Christian (7-4) against East Carolina (9-2).

The meeting will be the first between the two schools, but not the last. The Horned Frogs, who play in the Western Athletic Conference, will join East Carolina in Conference USA in 2001.

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