AUSTIN, Texas — Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who lost his starting job after the second game, will miss the rest of the season for the No. 19 Longhorns after having shoulder surgery.
Gilbert was hurt in the first game against Rice but the injury was not disclosed until Tuesday.
Gilbert started the next game against BYU and was pulled in the second quarter. After falling behind co-starters Case McCoy and David Ash, Gilbert was demoted to third string last week.
Texas athletic trainer Kenny Boyd says Gilbert is expected to make a full recovery. Details of the injury were not disclosed.
In a statement, Gilbert says his shoulder was getting progressively worse and doctors recommended last week that he have surgery.
Florida’s Elam settles alcohol possession charge
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida safety Matt Elam has settled a misdemeanor alcohol possession charge.
The sophomore from West Palm Beach pleaded no contest to possession of alcohol by a minor Monday. He agreed to pay $291 in court fees, do 12 hours of community service and pay a one-time fee of $40 for six months of supervised probation.
Elam, second on the team with 13 tackles, was arrested in July after a Gainesville Police officer observed him carrying a plastic cup that was later found to contain cognac. He was released on his own recognizance after agreeing to a court appearance.
It was Elam’s second alcohol-related incident since arriving in Gainesville. He was charged with alcohol possession, pleaded no contest and was fined $121.
Sugar Bowl improperly donated to ex-Governor dinner
NEW ORLEANS — The Sugar Bowl has discovered it violated tax laws when it purchased three $1,000 tickets to dinners honoring former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.
Sugar Bowl spokesman John Sudsbury says bowl representatives mistakenly bought the tickets, in violation of bowl policies, in 2004 and 2006. Sudsbury says the bowl found records of the tickets after being questioned by HBO’s Real Sports.
The Sugar Bowl is a nonprofit organization that receives state subsidies, and Sudsbury says bowl policy prohibits participation in any political campaign. He says the Sugar Bowl has notified the IRS, received reimbursement from Blanco’s campaign committee and donated the $3,000 to charity.
Earlier this year, the Fiesta Bowl fired its president after an investigation detailed lavish spending including $45,000 in reimbursements to employees for campaign donations in Arizona.
Dooley not in talking mood after bad Vols practice
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Derek Dooley wasn’t in a talking mood after addressing his team with a passionate, profanity-laced speech. The usually affableTennessee coach skipped his regular post-practice appearance with media.
Several Volunteers acknowledged that Tuesday’s practice was sluggish and that some players still seemed affected by the team’s 33-23 loss to Florida on Saturday. Dooley could be heard yelling at the team at the end of practice but sent word through Tennessee sports information staff that he would not speak with reporters.
The Vols have a bye this weekend and are spending this week holding training-camp like sessions. They’re also re-working parts of their offense to make up for the loss of top wide receiver Justin Hunter, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Illinois QB Scheelhaase OK after shoulder injury
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase briefly left Saturday’s win against Arizona State with a shoulder injury but head coach Ron Zook says he’s fine and should have no problems playing this weekend.
Zook said Tuesday that the right-handed Scheelhaase bruised his throwing shoulder on a hit last Saturday. Freshman quarterback Reilly O’Toole briefly relieved Scheelhaase in the fourth quarter of No. 24 Illinois’ 17-14 win. Scheelhaase returned to throw the game-winning touchdown.
Zook also said that offensive tackle Corey Lewis will travel to New York this week to have his injured leg evaluated.
Lewis missed 2010 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He was projected to start this season but reinjured the leg early this year.
Sun Devils lose another starter to injury
TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State starting defensive end Junior Onyeali (on-yay-lee) is expected to miss at least six weeks due to torn knee cartilage.
Onyeali, the Pac-12 defensive freshman of the year last season, was injured in the first quarter of the Sun Devils’ 17-14 loss at Illinois on Saturday.
Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson said Onyeali will have surgery on Thursday after an MRI revealed a torn meniscus. Onyeali could be out for the season if the damage is extensive enough.
The Sun Devils have already been hit hard by injuries, losing cornerback Omar Bolden and receiver T.J. Simpson to torn ACLs in the spring, and linebacker Brandon Magee to a torn Achilles tendon in the preseason.
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