Dogs' Chase Vasser to miss rest of the season

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Georgia outside linebacker Chase Vasser will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and miss the remainder of the season.

Georgia linebacker Chase Vasser (right) will have surgery on an injured shoulder and won't play again this season.  SARA CALDWELL/FILE
SARA CALDWELL/FILE
Georgia linebacker Chase Vasser (right) will have surgery on an injured shoulder and won't play again this season.

Vasser has 19 tackles, including four for losses, in five games. He was suspended for the first two games. He started in two of his five games but hasn’t played in No. 5 Georgia’s past three games.

Georgia announced Wednesday Vasser will have surgery on Tuesday at Athens’ St. Mary s Hospital.

Georgia’s director of sports medicine Ron Courson says Vasser is expected to make a full recovery.

The Bulldogs play Georgia Southern on Saturday.

TV DEAL: The Big 12 and Southeastern Conference have agreed to a 12-year deal with ESPN for the rights to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

A person familiar with the contract said it was worth about $80 million per year.

The Big 12 and SEC recently picked the Sugar Bowl as the site of it new marquee game, starting in the 2014 season.

The champions of each conference will play in the game, unless those teams are selected for the four-team playoff that also starts that season. The Sugar Bowl will be one of six sites in the playoff rotation.

FLORIDA: The No.7 Gators will be without quarterback Jeff Driskel against lower-division Jacksonville State on Saturday.

Coach Will Muschamp ruled Driskel out Wednesday because of a sprained right ankle, saying Jacoby Brissett will start against the Gamecocks (6-4). It will be Brissett’s third start in two seasons.

More importantly, Muschamp says he’s unsure whether Driskel will be able to play when the Gators (9-1) travel to rival and 10th-ranked Florida State on Nov. 24.

TEXAS TECH: The Big 12 says it will issue Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville a public reprimand for his sideline outburst at a graduate assistant during last weekend’s double overtime win against Kansas.

Conference spokesman Bob Burda said Wednesday that commissioner Bob Bowlsby issued the reprimand verbally. A letter also will be sent to the school, Burda said.

Tuberville said he has apologized to Kevin Oliver, whose headset and cap were knocked off when the coach pulled on Oliver’s headset.

Video of the confrontation went viral on the Internet during Saturday’s game after the Red Raiders had difficulty getting the right personnel on the field in their 41-34 win over Kansas in Lubbock, Texas.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

• Wofford at South Carolina, 1 p.m. (pay-per-view)

• Georgia Southern at Georgia, 1:30 (WSB-TV Atlanta)

• Savannah State at South Carolina State, 1:30 (No TV)

• North Carolina State at Clemson, 3:30 (ABC-Ch. 6)

• Duke at Georgia Tech, 3:30 (ESPNU)


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