Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seven Bulldogs Get One-Game Suspensions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seven Bulldogs Get One-Game Suspensions

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia suspended seven football players for one game each yesterday for using a school long-distance code to make personal phone calls.

The players used an access code left on a desk at the university's Athletic Association office to make calls costing between $58 and $116 each, the school said.

Running back Kenny Bailey, tackle Richard Seymour, tight end Robert Brannon, cornerback Decory Bryant and linebackers Kendrell Bell, Tony Gilbert and Charles Grant each must sit out either Georgia's season opener against Georgia Southern or its game at South Carolina.

They also will repay the charges, the school said in a statement.

The university said nine other players also improperly used the long-distance code but avoided suspension because their charges were less than $50. Two of them, guard Reggie Stargill and split end Durell Robinson, must perform community service.

The university said it had told the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA about the misuse.

KANSAS STATE TACKLE KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT -- Kansas State junior tackle Anthony Bates died yesterday after being involved in an automobile accident near campus in Manhattan, Kan., the university said.

Bates was driving southbound just before noon when his pickup crossed into the northbound lane and struck a car, then continued on and struck two parked cars before coming to a stop, police said.

Bates, 20, was taken to a hospital, where he died in the afternoon. No other medical information was available, Kansas State sports information director Dick Dull said last night.

The accident happened on the day newcomers reported to preseason camp for the Wildcats, who are starting practice early to prepare for their Aug. 26 opener against Iowa in the Eddie Robinson Classic at Arrowhead Stadium.

Bates, who transferred from Phoenix Junior College and sat out last season as a redshirt, was to have reported Thursday with other veterans.

A management information systems major, Bates earned academic honors on the Big 12 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll in three semesters. …

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