South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore will have knee surgery this week

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South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will undergo surgery on his left knee later this week, more than a month after his season ended when he tore a ligament and suffered cartilage damage while blocking for a teammate.

Doctors were waiting for the swelling to go down and the injuries to stabilize before surgery. The exact date for the operation has not been set, but will be sometime this week, coach Steve Spurrier said.

GEORGIA: Nose guard Kwame Geathers, battling an ankle and knee injury did not practice Tuesday, but coach Mark Richt said he’s hopeful that Geathers will play against Kentucky on Saturday.

MISSISSIPPI: Coach Houston Nutt has suspended starting quarterback Randall Mackey and leading rusher Jeff Scott for Saturday’s game against No. 1 Louisiana State University for violating team rules.

Nutt did not say what the violations were, but said the suspensions could also include the season finale against Mississippi State.

ILLINOIS: Ron Zook opened his weekly news conference by warning reporters he would walk out if they asked about his job security. He ended it by keeping his word, after about 20 minutes.

“You just couldn’t let it go, could you?” Zook asked a reporter who touched on the subject before walking away with a wave. “You guys take it easy.”

The Illini have lost four consecutive games after their 6-0 start.

OFFICIATING ERROR: The Big Sky Conference has acknowledged an officiating error that cost Northern Colorado a chance to win its first game of the season.

The conference announced that UNC was erroneously penalized for an illegal block with 3.6 seconds left in Saturday’s game, negating a 25-yard TD run that would have tied the score pending the extra point attempt.

Portland State won the game 23-17,

MIAMI: Linebacker Jordan Futch was recovering Tuesday from a suspected case of heat exhaustion, which necessitated him being taken from the Hurricanes’ practice field by paramedics and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.


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