Coach Paul Johnson said Monday that the Georgia Tech players who joined a show of solidarity for NCAA reform should have first given all players on the team a chance to vote on the idea.
Johnson said coaches and most players had no idea quarterback Vad Lee, linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and a few other players were carrying the letters APU — for All Players United — on wristbands in Saturday’s 28-20 win over North Carolina.
Johnson said he first learned of the message after the game.
“I think the first thing is there’s probably a process that we didn’t go through,” Johnson said. “In my mind what you do if the players all feel strongly about an issue, then they need to talk about it as a team and let the coaches know and it needs to be a team thing. Six guys don’t represent the team, or whatever, when 80 of them don’t even know what’s going on and the coaches don’t know what’s going on.
“If that’s the case and they want to support something, then certainly they have that right.”
Some players from Georgia and Northwestern also had the letters APU on their gear Saturday in a show of solidarity.
TENNESSEE QB OUT 4 WEEKS
Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman will miss at least four weeks after undergoing surgery on his right hand.
Peterman injured his hand Saturday while struggling through his first collegiate start in a 31-17 loss to No. 20 Florida.
Peterman was 4-for-11 passing for 5 yards with two interceptions and one fumble before being replaced late in the first half by junior Justin Worley, who had started Tennessee’s first three games.
Peterman’s injury solidifies Worley’s status as Tennessee’s starting quarterback at least for now.
COMBS LEAVING KANSAS
Kansas defensive tackle Marquel Combs, who was rated among the best junior college prospects in the nation last year, intends to transfer after being released from his scholarship.
Combs failed to break into the Jayhawks’ starting lineup after arriving this season from Pierce College. Kansas coach Charlie Weis said recently that it was possible Combs would redshirt, but instead announced in a statement Monday that Combs intends to transfer.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Combs chose the Jayhawks over offers from numerous Division I programs. Among them were Big 12 rivals Baylor, Kansas State and Iowa State.
Combs did not say where he intends to transfer. Under terms of his release, he will not be allowed to transfer to another Big 12 school.
Miami quarterback Stephen Morris is working through a bone bruise around his right ankle, but plans to be in the lineup Saturday when the No. 15 Hurricanes (3-0) visit South Florida (0-3). … Michigan State lost part-time starting linebacker Jairus Jones to a knee injury for about six weeks. … LSU coach Les Miles said starting right guard Trai Turner and starting defensive tackle Anthony Johnson will recover from injuries in time for the No. 6 Tigers to play this Saturday at No. 9 Georgia.