NCAA Suspends 12 Players
Sep. 28, 2002
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ATLANTA (AP) _ The NCAA suspended 12 players from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia State for competing in an unsanctioned summer league.
Georgia State was the hardest hit, losing seven players for either one or two games. Georgia, which already had two starters facing suspensions, could lose two others for its Nov. 15 opener against Texas.
Three Georgia Tech players have been suspended for one game.
All three schools are asking the NCAA to reconsider. The governing body will consider the appeals Tuesday, school officials said Friday.
The players took part in the Kenny Smith Pro-Amateur League at Morehouse College beginning July 13. The NCAA certified the league, but sanctioned play from July 17 through Aug. 11. The players must sit out one game for each summer league game they played in before July 17.
If the appeal is denied, Georgia will lose guards Ezra Williams and Damien Wilkins for its opener. Forward Chris Daniels also faces a one-game suspension for playing in an unsanctioned game in his hometown of Albany. That case also is under appeal to the NCAA.
Center Steve Thomas was suspended by the school for three games after being charged in a campus rape. The charges were later dropped.
Four Georgia State players _ starting center Nate Williams and backups Kendric Alloway and Herman Favors _ were suspended for two games each. Starters Leroy Davis, Lamont McIntosh and Cedric Patton, along with reserve Daniel Towns, were given one-game suspensions.
Georgia Tech would not identify the three players who were suspended for the Nov. 23 opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
``We're not going to name anyone until we're done appealing,'' school spokeswoman Allison George said. ``If the appeal got through, there's no story.''