Sports Notes – June 26, 2008

Tigers football prospect brings national recognition to self in Track and Field

Spencer Adams, who is hopeful of making a name for himself as a star of the Clemson Tigers football team apparently has that recognition as a Track and Field participant.

Recently signed to play football and participate as a runner for Clemson, Adams bested the field to win the national title in the 110-meter hurdles during competition at the Nike Outdoor Nationals last Friday (June 20).

While competing in the finals of the aforementioned event, Adams crossed the finish line with a clocking of 13.75.

With his ability to cover distances with good speed, Adams is expected to strengthened the Tigers track and football teams.

Pawlowski leaves College of Charleston for Auburn

John Pawlowski, who had been baseball coach at the College of Charleston since 2000 was lured away from the Port City recently.

Pawlowski, a former pitcher for the Clemson Tigers and an assistant coach at Arizona State was signed as the new coach of the Auburn Tigers Friday (6/20). He takes over for Tom Slater, who stepped aside after Auburn was unable to be a playoff participant for the third consecutive season.

While coaching the CofC Cougars, Pawlowski compiled a 338-192-1 record in the nine seasons that he piloted the baseball program.

Although leaving the College of Charleston with some regret, Pawlowski made it clear that he’s looking forward to what’s ahead.

"This is a tremendous opportunity and I’m looking forward to helping bring the Auburn baseball program back to national prominence,"said Pawlowski, who was Southern Conference coach of the year in 2004, ’05 and ’07. "There is a rich history and tradition here at Auburn and I plan on working tirelessly to make this a national contender."

Woods to stay off links for remainder of year

After a one-shot win, in 91 holes, over Rocco Mediate in the recently contested United States Open Golf Tournament, Tiger Woods has called it quits for the remainder of the 2008 season.

Woods, with brillant play at times, in his win over the then 138th player in the world (47th after finishing second behind No.1 Woods), captured his 14th major tourney championship in the win at Torrey Pines, Calif. However, during play at the before noted course only 90 miles from his home in Cypress, Woods was visibly bothered by a knee that had surgery on it shortly after his second place finish at the Masters.

According to reports concerning Woods’ condition, the 32-year old golfing phenom has to have reconstructive surgery on the knee.

As of press time, there was no definite time in 2009 that Woods will return to Tour action.

Meanwhile television and golf lovers the world over will have to try to absorb the obvious downturn in interest that will likely come about with the absence of Woods on the circuit.