Originally created 09/14/99

Donnan claims he didn't single out USC's Abraham for dirty play



Georgia coach Jim Donnan says he didn't single out South Carolina linebacker John Abraham for dirty play when Bulldogs running back Robert Arnaud sprained his knee this past Saturday.

Donnan left a message with South Carolina athletic spokesman Kerry Tharp after weekend reports of the coach's displeasure with Abraham.

"I would never single out an individual," said Donnan's statement, which Tharp read Monday. "I think John Abraham is one of the best players in the country."

The play in question came in the second quarter when Abraham stopped Arnaud for a 1-yard loss. Donnan said he was upset at how Arnaud was injured.

"They grabbed him in the pile and took his knee out," he said. "I don't know if it was on purpose or not. Maybe they thought he was still running. But it's tough when an injury happens like that."

Abraham, a senior, said he was upset at Donnan's remarks. "Anyone from Georgia should know I'm not a dirty player and I wouldn't intentionally hurt anyone like that," he said.

Donnan said the Gamecocks also took unnecessary shots at star quarterback Quincy Carter, according to The State in Columbia. "You really hate to see that kind of thing, and I really hated it for Robert," Donnan said.

Holtz said he has not spoken with Donnan yet and was surprised the Georgia coach had not called.

"I would never tolerate anything that anybody did illegally or anything along that line," Holtz said.

LSU:

Rohan Davey will remain LSU's starting quarterback against Auburn on Saturday.

Davey was the starter in last Saturday's victory over North Texas, sharing time with Josh Booty and Craig Nall. Davey completed all six of his passes for 66 yards, including a 28-yard scoring strike to Kyle Kipps.

"We have played four halves and we've had chance to get all the quarterbacks some game experience," coach Gerry DiNardo said Monday. "Based on those eight quarters Rohan Davey is playing the best."

HANDICAP SCAM:

Chicago Bears quarterback Cade McNown and Washington Redskins running back Skip Hicks were among five men charged Monday with illegally possessing handicapped parking placards while they played football at UCLA.

The misdemeanor charges filed by the City Attorney's Office brought to 19 the number of current and former Bruins alleged to be part of the handicapped parking scam.

Also named in the new charges were Larry Atkins, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, former UCLA linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and current UCLA player Eric Whitfield.

The five were scheduled for arraignment today in Los Angeles Municipal Court, along with five other defendants named in charges filed July 8.

TV GAME:

The Sept. 25 game between Arkansas and Alabama is to be televised on CBS. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Tuscaloosa, and should provide a showdown of nationally ranked contenders in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.

Arkansas is ranked No. 15 while Alabama is ranked No. 18. The Razorbacks play Louisiana-Monroe this weekend in Little Rock, while the Crimson Tide play host to Louisiana Tech.

Arkansas has won the last two games against Alabama, including a 42-6 thrashing last year in Fayetteville.

OLE MISS:

Two injured Mississippi starters, senior receiver Grant Heard and junior running back Deuce McAllister, are expected to practice this week but their status for the Southeastern Conference opener is still uncertain.

Heard (knee) and McAllister (shoulder) are both listed day-to-day leading up to the Vanderbilt game Saturday, coach David Cutcliffe said Monday.

Heard, who missed the Independence Bowl last December and spring workouts because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, had arthroscopic surgery in August for a cartilage tear in the same knee.

Since Heard hasn't played this season, there remains the option that the receiver could redshirt and still have another year of eligibility remaining.

"With some of the injuries we've had and problems that we are having, we'll have to play that by ear and see," Cutcliffe said of redshirting Heard. "I think we'll come up with a timeline (for a decision) soon, being fair to him, talking to him and looking at our season."

McAllister played in the season-opening 3-0 victory at Memphis, when he re-aggravated a shoulder injury suffered in preseason drills. He didn't play in last Saturday's 38-14 victory over Arkansas State.

SYRACUSE:

Syracuse easily defeated Central Michigan on Saturday night, and the Orangemen did it without senior linebacker Keith Bulluck, who served a one-game suspension for violating team rules.

Bulluck said Monday that the punishment stemmed from his arrest last February for driving drunk in Cortland, about 30 miles south of Syracuse.

"The athletic department put down a one-game suspension, and this was the game that I missed," said Bulluck, who watched the game from the sidelines. "It was going to happen."

As the leader of the defense, Bulluck said watching Syracuse (2-0) defeat Central Michigan 47-7 was the worst part of the whole ordeal.