ATLANTA (AP) _ Three Georgia men's basketball players, including
the Bulldogs' top two returning scorers, were suspended Thursdayfor
violations of the school's new class attendance policy for
Coach Dennis Felton says guard Mike Mercer has been suspended
for 15 games, forward Takais Brown for nine games and center Albert
Jackson for six games.
In an effort to boost the graduation rate of Georgia's
student-athletes, athletic director Damon Evans introduced a policy
last January that brings $10 fines and game suspensions for
unexcused absences from class and academic appointments.
Felton said the players he suspended remain academically
eligible by university, Southeastern Conference and NCAA standards.
Brown led the Bulldogs with 14.2 points per game last season,
while Mercer averaged 13.7.
Georgia opens practice tomorrow. The suspensions of Brown and
Jackson will begin with the Bulldogs' exhibition game against
Clayton State on Nov. 2.
Mercer missed the last 10 games of the 2006-07 season due to a
knee injury, and his lengthy suspension will begin after he has
medical clearance to play.
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