Tragedy Strikes The Swamp
The summer of 2001 turned tragic for the Florida Gators when incoming Gator freshman Eraste Autin died of complications related to heat stroke suffered on July 19.
Autin, who had just completed a voluntary summer conditioning session, was jogging back to the locker room when he collapsed. He lapsed into a coma at the hospital before passing away July 25.
His death was later attributed to a major heart attack, brought on by a body temperature which rose to nearly 108 degrees. Autin's death, the second in the state of Florida in recent months, raised questions across the country and caused many schools and
conferences to re-evaluate summer conditioning policies.
Third Down for Georgia
In recent weeks, Georgia head coach Mark Richt has suspended three players at least until after the season opener against Arkansas State. All-SEC cornerback Tim Wansley will serve the suspension after breaking unspecified team rules. Both Charles Grant an
d Randy McMichael received suspensions after being prosecuted for criminal actions.
Grant, a junior defensive end, was arrested in January after soliciting an undercover officer for sex. McMichael, the Bulldogs' starting tight end, picked up the one-game penalty for his part in a June 15 bar fight.
"It's never an easy job to suspend a player for any reason," Richt said. "But there are certain standards for being a citizen of the community, a student at the University of Georgia and a member of our football team. Those standards must be adhered to."
Investigating the Wildcats
The University of Kentucky has until October to answer to allegations from the NCAA of violations within its football program. An official letter of inquiry was sent from the NCAA to UK the first week in August after Kentucky self-reported more than three
dozen possible violations back in March.
Kentucky uncovered a string of violations, some of which could be considered major infractions. Most of the violations involved former recruiting coordinator Claude Bassett, who is alleged to have given money illegally to a high school coach.
The investigation led to the removal of several Kentucky coaches, including former head coach Hal Mumme, who resigned Feb. 6.
Several conference schools have seen key components of their teams suffer season-ending injuries in the last few weeks. On Aug. 9, LSU wide receiver Reggie Robinson decided to forgo this season. Suffering from a herniated disk in his neck which is unrelat
ed to football, Robinson chose to undergo surgery to repair the disk.
Arkansas tailback Radale Pearson tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Aug. 13. Pearson suffered the injury during an indoor workout on artificial turf on Saturday, Aug. 11, and tests confirmed the tear. The Razorbacks lost three runn
ing backs last year, Andre Ackee, Cedric Cobbs and Fred Talley.
The Florida Gators, regarded for having one of the league's best defensive backfields, took a hit in the secondary Aug. 15, as cornerback Robert Cromartie suffered a torn pectoral muscle. He will undergo surgery to repair the muscle and utilize a redshirt
Published: Thu Aug 23, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:44 p.m.