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Auburn

AUBURN — Auburn senior defensive end Quentin Groves been named to the 13th annual Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday. The Bednarik Award is given annually to the nation’s best defensive player.

Groves, a Greenville, Miss., native, posted a team-leading 9.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in 2006. He finished with 37 tackles and earned Coaches and Associated Press All-SEC first team honors.

Groves is three sacks away from tying Auburn’s career record of 26.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced in early November and three finalists for the award will be announced Nov. 26. The winner of the 2007 award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards show Dec. 6.

Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK — A lawyer for the man suing University of Arkansas officials over a harsh e-mail sent to former Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain filed a revised lawsuit Monday.

Washington County Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay earlier this month dismissed all four complaints in a suit filed by John David Terry of Mount Ida, but gave him 20 days to file amended pleadings regarding two of the complaints.

Terry sued university Chancellor John A. White and university system President B. Alan Sugg, claiming that White should not have had Razorbacks football coach Houston Nutt investigate the e-mail because it was sent to Mustain by Razorbacks booster Teresa Prewett, a friend of Nutt’s family.

Eddie Christian Jr., Terry’s Fort Smith-based attorney, noted in his new filing that Mustain’s mother, Beck Campbell, had written a strongly-worded letter to members of the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees in late February. According to the filing, Campbell said Mustain had been “systematically, maliciously and intentionally harassed and defamed off the field by individuals within the department and those closely associated with the Athletic Department.”

In dismissing the complaint June 4, Lindsay said other action besides a lawsuit could have been taken to bring about an investigation of the e-mail. Christian hopes his amended filing can persuade the judge that other avenues were in fact pursued.

Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State disciplined 10 football players for their roles in an off-campus fight in which at least two people were hurt.

The university confirmed Monday that four players were temporary expelled from July 1 through the end of the summer semester in mid-August for their roles in the April 1 fight.

Players’ names were not released due to federal confidentiality laws, Penn State spokesman Bill Mahon said.

Defense attorneys, however, have identified the four as safety Anthony Scirrotto, defensive lineman Chris Baker, linebacker Jerome Hayes and cornerback Lydell Sargeant. The attorneys said last week that their clients had been expelled for Penn State’s second summer session but would be able to participate when preseason practice begins in early August.

Big Ten Conference

WASHINGTON — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell said Monday he was concerned about the ability of fans to watch Big Ten sporting events on a new television network debuting this summer.

Dingell, D-Mich., wrote Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany with questions about the Big Ten Network, which is expected to launch sometime in August.

The congressman said many constituents have expressed worries about being able to watch University of Michigan football games this season because none of the state’s cable systems carry the network.

Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
AP contributed to this report.

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