Ex-player settles with Georgia

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A former University of Georgia cornerback has reached a $400,000 settlement with the school's athletic association over an insurance policy dispute.

Decory Bryant 's settlement comes weeks after an Athens-Clarke County judge dismissed his lawsuit that claimed the athletic association failed to secure him a $500,000 insurance policy before he suffered a career-ending injury.

Athletic association attorney Ed Tolley said Wednesday it was a sign the "athletic association had committed to helping" Bryant all along.

Bryant's football career ended in 2003 with a neck injury. He claimed that a school official failed to complete the paperwork that would have paid him if an injury ended his career.

LOUISIANA STATE: Coach Les Miles says he's introducing new drills at spring practice to emphasize toughness and produce a better running game.

Last season was one of the Tigers' worst in the past decade for running the football. LSU finished with 1,576 yards rushing in 2009.

When the Tigers won a national championship two seasons earlier, they rushed for 2,998 yards.

"We've got to run the football better. There's no mistake there. We all understand that," Miles said. "We're going to run it with more attitude and I think our football team will be better for it."

Spring practice opens on Friday and will run for five weeks.

In 2010, competition for carries will be wide open with the departures of seniors Charles Scott and Keiland Williams .

DUKE: Coach David Cutcliffe added Matt Lubick to his staff to fill a vacancy.

Lubick will serve as the Blue Devils' receivers coach and recruiting and passing game coordinator.

Lubick had spent the past three seasons at Arizona State, where he was an assistant head coach.

Lubick replaces Scottie Montgomery , who left for a coaching job with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.

HOUSTON: Coach Kevin Sumlin dismissed freshman kick returner A.J. Dugat and sophomore offensive lineman Ari Tatum from the team for unspecified reasons.

The 188-pound Dugat, from Dayton, returned 19 punts for 6.1-yard average last season and caught 14 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Tatum, from Dacula, Ga., played in only one game.


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