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Ga. Tech coach: Symbol needs to be team thing

ATLANTA — 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.

"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," Johnson said.

Some players from Georgia and Northwestern also had the letters APU on their gear Saturday in a show of solidarity organized by the National College Players Association, an advocacy group that has pushed for athletes to receive more scholarship money, better health care and more say in NCAA rules.

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Euclid Cummings said he doesn't expect players to wear the APU in Thursday's game against Virginia Tech: "It has to be something we all agree on. I just feel like we don't need that."

Kansas: Defensive tackle Marquel Combs, rated among the best junior college prospects in the nation last year, intends to transfer after being released from his scholarship.

Tennessee: Quarterback Nathan Peterman, who injured his right hand in Saturday's defeat against Florida in his first start, will miss at least four weeks after having surgery. Junior Justin Worley regains the starting job he lost the week before the UF game.

Basketball: Wichita State, coming off of its first Final Four appearance since 1965, gave coach Gregg Marshall a raise in base salary to $1.6 million this season and $1.75 million next season. The Wichita Eagle reported that his base salary last season was $1.03 million.

Ga. Tech coach: Symbol needs to be team thing 09/23/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 23, 2013 9:13pm]
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