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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2007


Auburn football

Tommy Tuberville's Tigers picked up their third commitment for their 2008 signing class Wednesday when Picayune, Miss., defensive back Drew Cole announced he will attend Auburn, reported.

Cole, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound cornerback, had 59 tackles, 16 pass breakups and one interception as a junior. As a running back, he had 82 carries for 601 yards and nine touchdowns. Cole's older brother, Mit, signed with LSU in 2004.

- Bradley Handwerger, Daily Sports Writer

Georgia football

ATLANTA — Uga VI, Georgia's mascot, is closing in on his ninth birthday, but his owner, Savannah attorney Sonny Seiler, said Thursday he expects him to be on the sidelines again this fall for the Bulldogs' football season.

Seiler's white English bulldogs have been serving at the school's mascot since 1956.

"Uga is not retiring," Seiler said from his office in Savannah. "He's in excellent health for his age. Veterinarians tell us they see no reason why he can't continue on. He's a very active dog. He presents the kind of presence we think a mascot should present."

Seiler said Uga VI and his daughter, Swann, will be at Georgia's spring football game a week from Saturday. He also said the mascot is scheduled to do a television show for the Food Channel to be shot in Savannah in June.

"Generally speaking when they get to be around 10 we try to replace them," Seiler said. "We don't have to make any decision until August before the season starts. If we saw something we didn't like, the first thing we'd do is tell the university and the AD (athletic director). I have a backup dog.

"God willing, he will be on the sideline when the ball is kicked in the fall," he said.

Arkansas basketball

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas official said Thursday the school is no longer pursuing Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie — and that A&M athletic director Bill Byrne told Arkansas that Gillispie intends to remain with the Aggies.

Gillispie was a prominent candidate for the Arkansas job, which opened when Stan Heath was fired Monday. The Houston Chronicle, citing unidentified officials close to the Texas A&M system, reported Wednesday that Gillispie had reached an oral agreement on a new contract with Byrne.

A person close to Arkansas' search spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the process, said the Razorbacks are ready to focus on other candidates.

"We've moved on," he said.

According to the Arkansas official, Byrne gave Broyles permission to talk to Gillispie at around 10 a.m. Thursday, but the Razorbacks were not able to make contact with the coach. The official said Byrne called again around noon, saying Gillispie had said he intends to stay put.

S.C. State basketball

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina State fired basketball coach Jamal Brown on Thursday, saying he "violated the university's obligations under Title IX."

Title IX requires colleges to provide equal athletic opportunities for men and women.

"(Brown) violated the university's obligations under Title IX and violated several provisions of his employment agreement with the university to include failure to fully cooperate with the university's investigation into the Title IX issues," the school said in a statement.

Messages left for South Carolina State athletic director Charlene Johnson, Brown and Edwin Givens, a special assistant to university president Andrew Hugine, weren't immediately returned.

Brown, 13-17 in his only season at the school, had three years remaining on his contract. The Bulldogs ended their season in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals with a 66-64 loss to Morgan State earlier this month.

Assistant coach Ray Martin will serve as interim head coach.

The university's statement said this is a personnel matter that could result in litigation.

- The Associated Press

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