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Quarterback Has Viral Meningitis

From Associated Press

Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball was diagnosed Sunday with viral meningitis -- a big relief for the No. 15 Yellow Jackets. But it’s not known if he’ll be able to play in a crucial game against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Ball was being treated at Emory University Hospital, where he was expected to remain a second night before being released today. The school said the extra night was mainly a precaution.

“After I got the first two test results back and realized it wasn’t one of the more serious things it could have been, I was extremely relieved,” Coach Chan Gailey said.

Ball was hospitalized after complaining of severe headaches. Viral meningitis is not nearly as serious as bacterial meningitis.

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The junior became ill during the week, got worse Friday night and was hospitalized the following morning, just hours before the Yellow Jackets defeated Connecticut, 28-13, to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2001.

Redshirt freshman Taylor Bennett started in Ball’s place.

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Clemson tight end Cole Downer had his spleen removed Saturday night, hours after he was injured catching a six-yard pass in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 36-30 triple-overtime loss to Miami.

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The senior probably will sit out the rest of the season, the school said.

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First-year Florida Coach Urban Meyer’s first win over rival Tennessee was a costly one.

The Gators lost receiver Andre Caldwell, who broke his right leg against the Volunteers and was scheduled to have season-ending surgery Sunday, and defensive end Ray McDonald, the team’s top pass rusher, who damaged a knee ligament and could be out for the season.

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Oklahoma dropped out of the national rankings for the first time since 1999, Bob Stoops’ first season as coach of the Sooners.

The Sooners lost to UCLA, 41-24, at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.


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