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Thursday, September 29, 2005
LSU apologizes to Tennessee for rowdy behaivor

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. --LSU athletic director Skip Bertman apologized to the Tennessee athletic director for the rowdy behavior of some LSU fans who pelted a Tennessee bus with beer bottles before the Volunteers' Monday night victory over the Tigers.

Officials from both schools and LSU Police said people threw the bottles at the last of Tennessee's four buses after the convoy came to a stop near the stadium, resulting in three cracked windows. Some fans also rocked the buses, according to LSU Police.

In his letter, Bertman congratulated Hamilton on Tennessee's come-from-behind 30-27 victory in overtime. He then went on to apologize to Hamilton, the school president and all Tennessee fans for the incident outside the stadium.

"As you know, there is unfortunately an element in every crowd that does not exhibit good sportsmanship," Bertman wrote. "And when crowds grow to the size of those on a football game day, it takes only a very small percentage of offenders to ruin the day for so many."

Bertman said the bottle throwers were not representative of all LSU fans.

"We are working hard to address the problem presented by the small percentage of people who, by their actions, damage the reputation of an entire University," Bertman wrote.

Georgia: Offensive guard Josh Brock was forced to give up on his football career after repeated concussions.

Brock sustained the third concussion of his career during practice this fall and had trouble shaking the effects of his latest head injury. When he was dazed again in a scrimmage Tuesday, the school's medical staff recommended that he no longer participate in contact sports.

"It's always tough on those guys," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "Its just not easy to stop doing something you have done as long as you can remember."

Brock, a junior, will remain on scholarship and work with the team as a student coach.

Brock played in every game as a freshman in 2002, including three starts for Georgia's first Southeastern Conference championship team in 20 years. He missed practice the following spring with a sprained ankle, and battled shoulder problems throughout his sophomore season even though he made 12 starts. He missed all of 2004 after shoulder surgery, but returned this season with hopes of battling for a starting job.

Brock was the second former starter on the offensive line to walk away because of injuries. Guard Bartley Miller, who started the first nine games of 2003, quit the team during preseason after battling shoulder problems for two years.

Florida State: The Seminoles may be forced to turn to a third-string safety against Syracuse this weekend, since injuries are slowing the Seminoles' top two players at the position.

Starter Pat Watkins missed some of Thursday's workout. He hurt his left shoulder by colliding awkwardly with a teammate during a scrimmage.

Backup Roger Williams has also been slowed since the preseason by a nagging muscle pull in his left leg. Williams has six tackles in three games.

That could mean more action for freshman third-teamer Kenny Ingram. Ingram has played in all three games, but has only four tackles.

Florida: Defensive back Nick Brooks had surgery Thursday to repair cartilage damage in his left knee and will miss at least four weeks.

Brooks, a 6-foot, 197-pound junior, had played in all four games this season. He had five tackles, including a sack in the opener against Wyoming.

Team physician Dr. Pete Indelicato performed the arthroscopic surgery at the Florida Surgical Center. Brooks could return for No. 5 Florida's game against Vanderbilt on Nov. 5.