News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007



AUBURN — Auburn linebacker Tray Blackmon has enrolled in classes this summer after serving his second suspension and then missing spring practice for personal reasons.

Blackmon made an instant impact on the Tigers last season in his debut against eventual national champion Florida after returning from a six-game suspension for an alcohol-related arrest.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Calling it “nothing more than Monday-morning quarterbacking by a disgruntled fan,” attorneys for the University of Arkansas filed motions Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses school leaders of not properly investigating alleged e-mail harassment of a former quarterback.

John Terry sued Chancellor John White, university system President B. Alan Sugg — and his subpoenaed football coach Houston Nutt — in Washington County Circuit Court. Terry’s suit claims that White and Sugg didn’t properly investigate e-mails sent by a Razorbacks booster who was critical of former freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain.


ATHENS, Ga. — Paul Oliver wanted to return for his senior season at Georgia. Poor grades will force the cornerback to get started on his pro career.

Oliver, one of the key players on the Bulldogs’ defense, failed to meet academic standards and was declared ineligible to play this season, the school announced Thursday.

He plans to petition the NFL for entry into its July supplemental draft after initially passing up the chance to leave school a year early.

“We’ll miss him for sure,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “Of course, he could have made a decision to leave for the draft immediately after his junior season. He was aware there could be risks, but he decided to continue in school and get closer to his degree.”

Last season, Oliver had three interceptions, two sacks and was the team’s fifth-leading tackler with 57, including 6.5 for losses. He started 15 games in his college career.

South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina forward Mike Jones has been dismissed from the team, school officials said Thursday.

The school took away Jones scholarship because he did not meet the standards university officials set for him when he transferred from Syracuse in January, coach Dave Odom said.

The school could not discuss if Jones met academic requirements because of the university’s privacy policy, spokeswoman Michelle Schmitt said.

Jones transferred to South Carolina after playing for Syracuse for just a semester. The former Lower Richland High star said he was homesick and wanted to play more after averaging less than seven minutes in 11 games for the Orange.

Jones did not participate in offseason activity so that he could focus on his academics, South Carolina coach Dave Odom said. He wouldn’t have been eligible to play for the Gamecocks until spring 2008.

“Since this process began in early January we have done everything we could to help Mike Jones become a Gamecock,” Odom said. “We wish him the best of luck in the future.”

- The Associated Press

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