Dogs backup injured on scooter

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Another Georgia football player has sustained injuries riding his motor scooter.

Backup defensive end Derrick Lott suffered a deep laceration to his right calf in a scooter accident Tuesday that is expected to keep him sidelined for some of the Bulldogs' preseason practices.

Lott underwent surgery at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, Ga., and is estimated to need four to six weeks for a full recovery, according to Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson .

The 6-foot-4, 303-pound redshirt sophomore from Kennesaw made seven tackles in three games last season. He's listed as DeAngelo Tyson 's backup on the preseason depth chart.

Lott is at least the third Georgia football player injured on a scooter in as many years.

Linebacker Chase Vasser was sidelined for six weeks after separating his right shoulder, bruising his left shoulder and sustaining a concussion in a crash in 2009.

Former linebacker Marcus Dowtin missed time last preseason after sustaining scrapes in a scooter accident.

Baseball player Chance Veazey was paralyzed from the waist down after his 2009 scooter accident.

Georgia said last year that about 140 of its athletes -- about 1 in 4 -- use a two-wheel motorized vehicle to get around campus. At least 40 football players were estimated to use them.

AUBURN: An NCAA official told coach Gene Chizik that it is not done investigating the Tigers' football program and the recruitment of Cam Newton , The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Chizik asked NCAA vice president for enforcement Julie Roe Lach several questions, including why the NCAA had not announced that the Newton investigation was finished, during a presentation at the Southeastern Conference meetings in Destin, Fla., in June.

"You'll know when we're finished," Roe Lach told Chizik, according to several coaches who were at the meeting, the Times reported. "And we're not finished."

Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings , LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson , Mississippi basketball coach Andy Kennedy and Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson all confirmed the exchange to the newspaper.

OHIO STATE: Players say they are resigned to make the best of the school's self-imposed penalties, no matter how hurt or angry some might feel.

Athletic director Gene Smith announced last Friday that the university would vacate the 2010 season, including the Sugar Bowl victory. It also self-imposed a two-year NCAA probation, in addition to suspending six players for the first five games and accepting the resignation of coach Jim Tressel . All the sanctions resulted from a cash-for-memorabilia scandal that has rocked the program for the past eight months.

On Aug. 12, Ohio State meets with the NCAA's committee on infractions, which could inflict stiffer sanctions.

Left in the wake are the Buckeyes players who didn't do anything wrong and who are left to make the best of the situation.

NORTH CAROLINA: A judge denied a request Wednesday by a former North Carolina football player to be reinstated to the team after being declared permanently ineligible for academic misconduct by the NCAA.

Durham County Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson denied a petition by Michael McAdoo seeking to compel the university to reinstate him while preventing the NCAA from interfering in that process or punishing the school if he returned. McAdoo sought the ruling so that he would be able to return to the football team in time for the start of this season.

MONTANA: Joe Montana 's son, Nate , pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving stemming from a traffic stop in which he declined a breathalyzer test.

AWARDS: The watch list for the Lombardi Award given each year to the top lineman in college football includes three Oklahoma and two Oklahoma State players.

The Sooners' Stephen Good , center Ben Habern and Travis Lewis are on the list with the Cowboys' Levy Adcock and Shaun Lewis .


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