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ROSE TURNS DOWN $10,000 APPEARANCE FEE

Pete Rose turned down a $10,000 check for his appearances at the Mobile Alabama Bowl, telling organizers to instead give the money to charity.

Mike Gottfried, the ESPN announcer who helped organize the bowl, said Rose declined the appearance fee. Rose was the guest speaker at a luncheon and later served as grand marshal for a bowl-related parade.

Rose, who agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball for allegedly betting on the sport, has applied for reinstatement. His lawyer plans to meet next month with the top lawyer for commissioner Bud Selig.

In other college football news:

Benjamin Blacknall, assistant coach at Morehouse, was hired as football coach at Delaware State. Blacknall was an assistant for 24 years at South Carolina State, Wichita State and Howard. Blacknall replaces John McKenzie, who was fired after a 4-7 season.

Federal investigators have found no mechanical problems with the University of South Carolina plane that crashed en route to Lady's Island to pick up football coach Lou Holtz. Pilot Dewey "Sonny" Foster, 65, of Columbia was killed in the crash.

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