Originally created 11/23/05

Whitehurst needs rest, not surgery



CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst needs some rest and rehabilitation for his throwing shoulder - not surgery.

The senior will likely be able to start in a bowl game for the 25th-ranked Tigers (7-4). Whitehurst said a second MRI on Monday showed no severe damage.

"I'll take a couple of weeks off then start to rehab and should be good to go," Whitehurst said.

Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said he wasn't going to risk Whitehurst's possible NFL future.

The shoulder has bothered Whitehurst for nearly two months.

FULMER SUIT DISMISSED: A judge has dismissed claims of slander and libel filed against Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer over statements he made to NCAA officials investigating recruiting violations at Alabama.

Former player Kenny Smith and his mother, Vicki Smith Dagnan, sued Fulmer and the NCAA in January claiming they were defamed when Fulmer told NCAA investigators in 2000 about rumors that Smith's mother was involved with an assistant coach at Alabama.

ROACH SETTLES WITH STATION: Alabama linebacker Freddie Roach has settled a lawsuit against a Huntsville television station over a report that mistakenly identified him as a suspect in a nightclub altercation.

Roach sued after the television station said he was wanted by Sheffield police after he broke free from an officer after dropping a gun. It was actually Roach's Alabama teammate, Earnest Nance, who was involved in the incident.

O'BRIEN FINALISTS NAMED: Southern California's Matt Leinart, Texas' Vince Young and Notre Dame's Brady Quinn are the finalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's best quarterback.

OUTLAND CANDIDATES: Minnesota center Greg Eslinger, Auburn offensive tackle Marcus McNeill and Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata are the finalists for the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman in college football.

ACC IN MUSIC CITY: The Music City Bowl will take a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference instead of a Southeastern Conference squad, because the SEC has only six bowl eligible teams and eight bowl spots to fill.