D. Ryan Monceaux
Zoeller sues paper, columnist
Former UH golfer Fuzzy Zoeller has sued Florida Today and its sports columnist Peter Kersotist for a column that poked fun at Zoeller's remarks made last year about Tiger Woods.
The April column, headlined "Fuzzy Speaks with Forked Tongue," is a fictional interview with Zoeller and puts a satirical spin on the comments the golfer made about Woods' 1997 Masters victory.
After Zoeller's final round at Augusta in 1997, he made several racially motivated comments about Woods. "Pat him on the back and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year. Or collared greens or whatever the hell they eat," was the comment that cost Zoeller his endorsement with Kmart.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of money and names Kerasotis, Florida Today and Gannett National Newspaper Sales Inc., the paper's owner, in the suit. The lawsuit claims the column was dishonest and fraudulent and invaded Zoeller's privacy.
According to the wording of the
suit, the column caused people to think Zoeller is "unrepentant, bigoted, insulting towards his fellow golfers, arrogant, a person of ill will and so unintelligent and insensitive as not to have learned any lessons from his earlier experience in 1997."
Zoeller publicly apologized for his comments made towards Woods, and both golfers said they have put the incident behind them. The public outcry against Zoeller has tarnished his image of being a fun-loving, fan-friendly touring pro. No date has been set for a trial.
Anderson says it's true?
According to a published report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former UH basketball star Greg "Cadillac" Anderson has admitted involvement in a four-person cocaine operation. The newspaper alleges that Anderson has signed an FBI affidavit and is cooperating with an FBI investigation.
According to the report, the affidavit says Anderson confessed he "knowingly and willingly possessed and transported up to one kilo of cocaine, conspired with at least three others in making deals for the controlled substance and carried the drugs across state lines from Houston to Biloxi, Miss."
Anderson was in Houston last week and said that he was not involved in anything illegal.
"I just got my name caught up in something ... I'll get through it," Anderson said as he played basketball with friends.
Anderson played as a backup center for the Atlanta Hawks last season. He was a Cougar from 1983 to 1987.
Nance continues his surge
Current Cougar Shane Nance continues to light up the international baseball scene as the Houston native helped dominate Mexico on Friday.
The left-hander from Dobie High School won his fourth straight decision for Team USA as he pitched five innings of one-hit baseball to beat Mexico 11-0. He struck out seven and allowed only one walk. The victory improves Nance to 4-0 with a .93 ERA in international competition.
Also announced, and a no-brainer, is that Nance has made the cut and will travel with Team USA to Italy for the World Championship, July 21 to Aug. 2. Nance solidified himself as the team's ace and led the team to its second-place finish in the continental qualifier in June.
As the ace of the Cougars' staff last season, Nance compiled a record of 9-4 with an ERA of 2.95 in 106.2 innings of work. He also won First Team All-Conference USA honors last season.
Team USA will leave next weekend for the World Championships.
Baseball schedule out
Coach Rayner Noble has released the 1999 Cougar baseball schedule. Much of the schedule is familiar, but there are a few notable differences.
The season will kick off with an afternoon home game with Sam Houston Feb. 3. The Silver Glove Series will begin on Feb. 9 against Rice at Cougar Field. This season, UH will host three of the five games slated to be played.
Alabama will make its first-ever visit to UH as part of the first three-game weekend series of the season. Bama and the Coogs will go at it on the evening of Feb. 12, and will play day games on Saturday the 13th and Sunday, Valentine's Day.
The biggest addition to the season's schedule is a weekend series in early march against Cal State-Fullerton, which will be played in Fullerton, Ca. Fullerton is one of the top programs in the nation and will be a great test for UH as it heads into conference play.
Also added will be a series the weekend following the trip to Fullerton against Ohio State at Cougar Field. The Coogs have not played OSU since 1989, but are 4-0 against them all-time.
The C-USA Tournament will be played in Millington, Tenn., inthe former home of Team USA Baseball. The tournament gets under way May 19 and will run through May 23.