Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Archie Griffin to head OSU alumni association

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, was appointed president of Ohio State's alumni association on Tuesday.

Griffin had been an associate athletic director at his alma mater. He will leave that position and take over the association on Jan. 1, association spokeswoman Linda Crossley said. He will replace Dan Heinlen, who is retiring Dec. 31 after 30 years in charge of the organization.

"What attracted me to the position was my passion for Ohio State," Griffin said.

Griffin won the Heisman in 1974 and 1975 and owns the Ohio State record for rushing yards with 5,589. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Conference title in each of his four seasons (1972-75).

He played eight seasons in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals before joining the Ohio State athletic department in 1985.

The university's alumni association is a dues-supported organization with more than 123,000 members.

McPherson will stand trial

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson will stand trial July 14 on felony charges that he stole a blank check, filled it out and cashed it, an assistant state attorney said Tuesday.

Prosecutor Paul Driver said he withdrew an offer of a "global" plea to settle three separate cases after McPherson's attorney filed for dismissal of all charges. The other cases are a separate felony involving bad checks and a misdemeanor charge of gambling, including placing bets on games in which he played.

"There is no offer now," Driver said.

Defense attorney Grady Irvin Jr. of St. Petersburg sent a two-page letter to State Attorney Willie Meggs on Tuesday asking that Driver be pulled off the case.

Irvin said he was troubled by previous public comments made by Driver.

"There has to be some resolution to this," Irvin said, adding that he hoped to meet with Meggs this week.

The attorneys also are to appear before Circuit Judge James Hankinson on July 9 to review the stolen check case and any possible late motions or negotiations.

McPherson faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted on charges of grand theft, uttering and forgery.

McPherson, who started four games last season for Florida State as a sophomore, is the only Florida athlete ever honored as "Mr. Football" and "Mr. Basketball" awarded to the individual considered the best in his sport.

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