South Carolina QB suspended after arrest


September 14, 2006

South Carolina starting quarterback Blake Mitchell was arrested after a bar fight yesterday in Columbia, S.C., and was suspended from playing.

Mitchell was booked at Richland County jail for simple assault, a misdemeanor, police said. He was released in the afternoon after a bond hearing and left the jail around 7:30 p.m., avoiding reporters who waited for him at the main entrance.

After yesterday's practice, coach Steve Spurrier said he wanted to wait for all the facts to come in before judging Mitchell's actions.

While suspended from playing, Mitchell will remain on the team, Spurrier said.

Indiana -- Interim coach Bill Lynch told his players that coach Terry Hoeppner was resting after undergoing about two hours of brain surgery. The Hoosiers honored Hoeppner with a spirited practice as they prepare to face Southern Illinois at home Saturday.

Florida State -- Linebacker Derek Nicholson, who was expected to miss Saturday's game with a right ankle sprain, practiced and will be in the lineup against Clemson. The defensive line also received good news as Letroy Guion was able to participate in all of the non-contact workouts.

Tennessee -- Defensive tackle Justin Harrell, ruled out for the season earlier this week, will play Saturday against No. 7 Florida, coach Phillip Fulmer said. Harrell ruptured a biceps tendon last week in the No. 13 Volunteers' win over Air Force.

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