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South Carolina QB Mitchell Arrested

September 13, 2006

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina starting quarterback Blake Mitchell was arrested after a bar fight Wednesday and has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

Mitchell was booked at Richland County jail for simple assault, a misdemeanor, police said. He was released Wednesday afternoon following a bond hearing.

A Columbia police report said the 21-year-old Mitchell punched Kylan Ertzberger in the left eye during a fight in a bar near the university early Wednesday.

Mitchell was suspended from the team by coach Steve Spurrier, according to athletic department spokesman Steve Fink.

Ertzberger told police Mitchell approached him about 1:45 a.m. and ``initiated a verbal confrontation.″ Ertzberger told Mitchell ``he did not like that the subject tried to enter (the bar) with underage girls.″

Mitchell, a junior, joined the program in 2003, redshirted his freshman year and started 11 games last season.

This season, Mitchell completed 28 of 44 passes for 247 yards with one interception and no touchdowns for the Gamecocks (1-1), who play Wofford on Saturday.

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