Penn State has pulled a reverse with its policy for student football tickets. Bowing to criticism, the athletic department scrapped a plan to distribute the 21,800 tickets by lottery and will return to the old first-come, first-serve policy.

The proposed lottery was announced Tuesday night, and thousands of students began criticizing the plan through social networking Web sites. Some worried that die-hard Nittany Lions fans would be shut out of Beaver Stadium, and that less-interested students might scalp their tickets.

"It became very apparent, very quickly, that most Penn State students want the first-come, first-serve system," associate athletic director Greg Myford said. "So that's what we are going to do."

With a capacity of 107,282, Beaver Stadium is the second-largest in the country behind Michigan Stadium (107,501) in Ann Arbor.

Penn State's 2007 season begins Sept. 1 at home vs. Florida International.

In other college news:

* Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino signed a 3-year contract extension that could keep him at the school through 2013.

* The renovation of Indiana's basketball arena, Assembly Hall, will cost anywhere from $50 million to $100 million. Trustees have heard three renovation proposals and next month will hear three proposals for a new arena, which will be more expensive.

* Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey, the Big East coach of the year, signed a 2-year contract extension to remain with the Irish through the 2012-13 season. Notre Dame was 24-8 last season after going 16-14 the previous year. Brey, a former Delaware coach, has a 142-78 record in seven seasons with the Irish.

* Penn State lost to UC Irvine, 3-1, in the men's volleyball national semifinals in Columbus, Ohio. UC Irvine will play IPFW (Indiana and Purdue universities at Fort Wayne) for the NCAA championship.


* Philadelphia's Tahree Carroll advanced to the light welterweight semifinals (141 pounds) of the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Chattanooga, Tenn. Carroll decisioned Cincinnati's Chris Pearson, 3-2, in the quarterfinals. He faces Jessie Vargas, of Las Vegas, tonight. Two other Pennsylvania boxers lost in the quarterfinals: Anthony Tettis (Ridgeway) lost to Cincinnati's Danny Calhoun, 3-2, at 201 pounds, and Jesse Lubash (Munhall) lost to Demetrius Andrade, from Providence, R.I., 5-0, at 152 pounds.

* Japan's Hozumi Hasegawa (22-2-0) successfully defended his WBC bantamweight belt for the fourth time with an unanimous decision against South Africa's Simpiwe Vetyeka (16-1-0) in a 12-round fight in Tokyo. Japan's Nobuo Nashiro (9-1-0) lost his WBA super flyweight title in an unanimous decision to former champion Alexander Munoz (30-2-0), of Venezuela.

Auto Racing

* Michael Waltrip Racing, still trying to find its way out of a terrible start to its first season in NASCAR Nextel Cup racing, turned to Jason Burdett to replace crew chief Matt Borland on Dale Jarrett's No. 44 Toyota. It was the third crew chief change for the Waltrip team in less than a month. Borland turned down the job as the new team's technical director and left the organization, according to a team spokesman.

* NASCAR driver Scott Wimmer has filed a lawsuit against former employer Bill Davis Racing, asking for $1.2 million in unpaid salary for the 2006 season.


* A South Carolina teaching pro has sued organizers of the recently concluded half-grass, half-clay tennis match between stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Renata Marcinkowska, a for-mer WTA tour player who now lives in Rock Hill, S.C., took action against management and marketing giant IMG and two advertising firms involved in Wednesday's exhibition in Palma De Mallorca, Spain. The suit, which does not specify damages, claims Mar-cinkowska invented the idea of a tennis court of differing surfaces on either side of the net, received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in November 2004 and pitched the idea to IMG soon after she got the patent.

* Pete Sampras routed Petr Korda, 6-1, 6-2, in the opening round of the Champions Cup in Boston, the 14-time major winner's first tournament in nearly 5 years. In the first match, John McEnroe beat Tim Mayotte, 6-1, 7-5.

* Qualifier Julia Vakulenko beat second-seeded Kim Clijst-ers, 7-6 (3), 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of the clay court J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland.

Sport Stops

* Defending champion Japan, Cuba and the United States were among the teams sent early invitations for the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

* The T-Mobile cycling team suspended doctors Andreas Schmid and Lothar Heinrich, who allegedly supplied EPO to former Tour de France winners Bjarne Riis, Jan Ullrich and other riders.

* World 100-meter recordholder Asafa Powell could be out of competition for several weeks because of knee tendinitis.

* Former Olympic freestyle skiing gold medalist Ales Valenta, 34, of the Czech Republic, retired because of recurring health problems. *