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Fisher to aid fight vs. son's disease

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife have spent the past several months helping their son battle a rare blood disorder and now they want to start a foundation designed to help fight the unidentified disease.

Fisher and wife Candi will be joined at a Friday news conference by the physician handling son Ethan's care to talk about the disease and the youngster's treatment, according to a news release from the school's football spokesman, Kerwin Lonzo.

Fisher, 45, will discuss the steps that his family plans to take to bring attention to the disease. It is expected that Candi Fisher will take the lead on the foundation's efforts that are likely to include educational and fundraising components. Fisher was not available Monday for comment.

The Fishers' oldest son, 10-year-old Trey, and 5-year-old Ethan regularly visit to the football offices and practice fields. Ethan outwardly appears as spry and happy as any youngster.

GARCIA REINSTATED: South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is officially back on the Gamecocks — again.

Coach Steve Spurrier said Monday that Garcia, a former standout at Jefferson High, had done what he needed to do to end the fifth suspension of his college career. "We think he's going to do what's right," Spurrier said by phone. "Sometimes, it takes some guys a little longer, I guess."

Garcia was banned in April after displaying what athletic director Eric Hyman called "behavior that is unacceptable for one of our student athletes" at a life skills meeting.

Spurrier also said quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, suspended from the staff after being charged for public urination, would return when practice opens Wednesday.

LONGHORN NETWORK DENIAL: Big 12 athletic directors voted to prohibit the broadcast of any high school sporting events on the newly created Longhorn Network for at least the next year. The league announced that the ADs voted unanimously to forbid such content on any medium branded as a conference or member institution platform. Controversy had been stirred up at the suggestion that Texas could show games featuring players it was recruiting on its network, which is set to launch this month.

ILLINOIS: Junior linebacker Ashante Williams is due in court Sept. 8 after he was charged with drunk driving Saturday in Urbana, Ill.

TENNESSEE: Tailback Toney Williams, a redshirt sophomore who had five carries last season, planned to transfer, coach Derek Dooley said.

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