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Georgia Player Suspended

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Georgia's men's basketball team lost another
key player today when junior guard Mike Mercer was kicked off for
failing to meet standards and policies.

Mercer was Georgia's second-leading scorer at 13.7 points a game
when he sustained a season-ending knee injury last season. He
already was serving a 15-game suspension when coach Dennis Felton
decided to send him packing.

Mercer follows Takais Brown out the door. The senior forward was
suspended nine games, then dismissed from the team just before the
season for an undisclosed violation of team policies.

Brown led the team in scoring last season at 14.2 points a game.
Mercer started all 23 games he played as a sophomore.

Both Mercer and Brown were initially suspended for violations of
the school's new class attendance policy for student-athletes.
Another player, backup forward Albert Jackson, is serving a
six-game suspension for failing to follow the attendance rules.

Georgia did not reveal why Mercer was booted from the team. Last
week, his roommate, Billy Humphrey, was suspended after his arrest
for possession of a knife on school property. The knife was found
in the players' dorm room when campus police carried out a search
warrant looking for marijuana, although no drugs were found.

Felton says Humphrey has been placed on a one-year probation by
the school and reprimanded by the student judiciary council. The
guard will remain suspended at least until his criminal case is
resolved.


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