Tuggle, Ham among those elected to college hall

AP / File

DALLAS - Player Jessie Tuggle and coach Billy Joe were elected Tuesday to the College Football Hall of Fame Divisional Class, which honors players and coaches who didn't play major college football.


Also elected were Georgia South-ern quarterback Tracy Ham (1983-86), Kentucky State quarterback Joe Kendall (1934-36), Bloomsburg linebacker Frank Sheptock (1982-85) and Concordia coach Jim Christopherson (1969-2000).

Tuggle played linebacker for Valdosta State from 1983-86, setting a school career record for tackles (340). He went on to play 14 seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons.

Joe won 237 games as coach of Florida A&M (1994-2004), Central State (Ohio) (1981-93) and Cheyney (Pa.) (1972-78).

GEORGIA SOUTHERN: Three players have been dismissed from the team after being arrested Friday on various charges during a Brad Paisley concert at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro.

Kevin Van Kirk, Ben Granitz and Matt Duke were connected to car burglaries in the stadium parking lot, according to John Miles, a university police investigator.

"With the information we have pertaining to Friday night's incident, Matt Duke, Kevin Van Kirk and Ben Granitz forfeited the privilege to be a part of the Georgia Southern football program, but naturally we're going to help them become good citizens in their future endeavors," coach Chris Hatcher said in a statement.

Chase DeCarlo, a fourth player, was arrested for attempting to elude a police officer with Granitz and Duke in his truck. Hatcher didn't address DeCarlo's future with the team.


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