By PATRICK CASEY
Former Marianna softball catcher Blythe Golden has found a job with Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City. Golden, who finished her career at Stetson University as a softball player in May, will be an assistant softball coach for head coach Susan Painter for the Commodores. Golden played two seasons at Gulf Coast before moving on to Stetson. The Commodores won the state and national championship during her sophomore season. Former Walton softball player Jesse Tucker was a teammate of Golden’s this past season at Stetson.
Former Marianna soccer player Joseph Davis signed with the Southeastern University men’s soccer team in Lakeland recently. The Fire, under coach Drew Stacey, have made it to the NCCAA Division II National Championships the last two years, winning in 2006. Davis scored 15 goals as a senior for the Marianna soccer team last season.
Panama City Rutherford graduate Ben Lampkin has earned a walk-on scholarship from Bobby Bowden and Florida State University. Lampkin, a senior, was a special teams contributor last season and is listed as a back-up right defensive end entering the 2008 football season.
TV-24′s Saturday Sportsline returned to the air last week in its 9 a.m. time slot. The local station will again televise Walton football games at home “live” with road games airing audio-only over the TV feed. The High School Football Scoreboard Show can be heard immediately following the Walton game on TV-24 until 11 p.m. on Friday nights.
The NCAA has instituted several new rules for 2008: The horse-collar tackle has been banned; the game will now have a 40-second clock that starts counting down immediately when the ball becomes dead; officials can use video to look at field-goal attempts and to determine if a player was downed before fumbling or if a player was knocked out of bounds before scoring a touchdown; and officials can call an incidental facemask penalty.
ESPN and the SEC have reached a milestone 15-year agreement beginning in 2009-10 and continuing through 2023-24. This is the longest national rights agreement in ESPN history and all national programming will fall under the branding “SEC on ESPN.”
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