Thursday, September 11, 2003

NU coach Peterson will not be punished


College football

The Associated Press

The Big Ten said Wednesday it plans no action against a Northwestern coach who elbowed Air Force quarterback Chance Harridge while reaching to hug one of his players.

Harridge responded to the elbow by punching the assistant coach, Jay Peterson, and was ejected from Air Force's 22-21 victory Saturday.

Big Ten officials reviewed a videotape of the run-in and found insufficient evidence that Peterson violated any rules, the conference said in a news release.

The incident occurred after a fumble recovery in the third quarter of Air Force's 22-21 victory. A videotape released by Air Force appears to show Peterson's elbow hitting Harridge in the neck. Both were on the field after the play was over.

Air Force officials said Wednesday the matter was closed and they had no comment.

They said earlier that Harridge's punch was an instinctive reaction and that Peterson's action was "inappropriate."

Northwestern has said Peterson was only celebrating with players and didn't mean to hit Harridge.

TENNESSEE: Tennessee doesn't expect to have any leaks of its gameplan in the days leading up to the Florida game Sept. 20.

Tennessee backup quarterback C.J. Leak, the older brother of Florida freshman QB Chris Leak, said he wouldn't think of sharing plays or other team information with his brother when they talk on the phone.

And coach Phillip Fulmer said he has no reason to worry either.

"I don't think there's any issue that way. I think that's been addressed as it has needed to be," Fulmer said.




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