Friday, August 09, 2002

New Mexico State football player in critical condition

College football roundup

The Associated Press

        LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico State defensive end Ross Davis was in critical condition Thursday, a day after he underwent surgery for a blood clot in his head, his father said.

        A tumor was also discovered during the operation on Wednesday night in El Paso, Texas, his father, Patrick Davis, told a school official Thursday.

        Ruben Lucero, a spokesman at Thomason Hospital in El Paso, said Davis, a 6-foot-4, 233-pound redshirt freshman, was in critical but stable condition Thursday afternoon. Lucero said the hospital could not release any other information.

        According to a statement issued by New Mexico State's athletic department, Ross Davis initially checked himself into Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. He later was transported to the El Paso hospital.

        A spokesman for the university said it was unknown if Davis' medical situation was in any way related to football.

        Davis' brother, Alex, is a starting defensive end for the Aggies.

        Alabama's Ellington academically ineligible

        TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama senior offensive tackle Dante Ellington has been declared academically ineligible this year, but will remain in school and take a redshirt season.

        “Hopefully Dante will use that to his benefit, both athletically and academically to get himself in position for the future,” coach Dennis Franchione said.

        Ellington started the first three games last season before losing the job to Evan Mathis, but still played in every game. A Parade All-American, he was one of only seven true freshmen to start his first game at Alabama since 1973 and started every game as a sophomore.

        Franchione said Ellington would be among Alabama's 105 players participating in preseason workouts, working on the scout team.

        “I'm disappointed for him, but in some regards I think this could become a positive in that he has a chance to get things turned around and going in the right direction,” Franchione said. “And hopefully he'll take advantage of it.”

        Colorado Players Charged

        BOULDER, Colo. — Two Colorado football players pleaded guilty Thursday to providing alcohol to a minor and were given 18-month deferred sentences.

        Marques Harris and Corey Alexander also must perform 36 hours of community service and submit to random drug tests, prosecutor Pete Maguire said.

        They pleaded to misdemeanor charges stemming from an off-campus recruiting party on Dec. 7.

        Felony charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor were dropped because the players are young with no significant criminal history, Maguire said.

        Harris, a defensive end, and Alexander, a wide receiver, are both juniors. They remain on the team, school spokesman Dave Plati said.

        Two other players, Allen Mackey and Ron Monteihl, face charges stemming from the party.

        Monteihl, a redshirt freshman last season, will be in court Aug. 23, and Mackey, s sophomore cornerback, will appear in court Aug. 30. Both remain on the team.

        Harris' attorney said his athletic scholarship was revoked. Plati confirmed Colorado revoked the scholarships of four players, including Harris, but he would not identify the other three.

        A Colorado student alleged she was raped at the party, but prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence to file charges.

        Florida State suspends Womble

        TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State defensive tackle Jeff Womble was suspended for the Seminoles' Aug. 24 opener against Iowa State for violating team rules, coach Bobby Bowden said Thursday.

        Bowden would not say how the junior lineman violated the rules.

        Travis Johnson is slated to replace Womble in the lineup.


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