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Buffalo files appeal

Colorado freshman Jeremy Bloom plans to appeal his lawsuit that seeks a court order to allow him to keep skiing endorsements while playing football for the school.

His lawyers have filed a notice of appeal that takes a lower court's ruling to the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Bloom attorney Peter Rush said it might take several months for an appeal to get under way.

Bloom, a receiver and return specialist who also is an Olympic moguls skier, filed a lawsuit seeking a court injunction last summer to keep the NCAA from sidelining him over eligibility rules.

He challenged NCAA rules that prohibit him from pursuing modeling and TV contracts to support his skiing career while playing for the Buffaloes.

CONNECTICUT: Starting safety Chris Meyer was charged with evidence tampering and interfering with a police officer during the investigation of a campus rape last summer. Meyer, 21, was released on $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

GEORGIA: Fans are saying thanks to Terrence Edwards, the leading pass catcher in school history, by placing a billboard near his hometown of Tennille, Ga.

The billboard, which was posted Friday, reads, "Thanks Terrence For 4 Great Years The No. 1 WR in UGA History _ The Fans."

It was leased to counter criticism of Edwards after he dropped a potential touchdown late in the 21-13 loss to Florida.

LA.-MONROE: Mike Collins was named coach after serving as interim coach since September. Collins was an assistant under Bobby Keasler and became interim coach Sept. 19 after Keasler quit with the team 0-3.

OHIO ST.: The status of running back Maurice Clarett for Saturday still is unknown. Clarett has struggled to recover from a shoulder injury that has limited his play in the past three games.

TENNESSEE: Receiver Kelley Washington is expected to be released from the hospital this week after neck surgery.

"Surgery went as expected," team doctor Val Gene Iven said in a statement. "Kelley is doing well in recovery."

'Cane makes own brace

CORAL GABLES _ Senior defensive tackle Matt Walters, a mechanical engineering major at Miami, will put his knowledge to use.

He designed and developed a brace for a broken finger on his left hand, a hard, plastic mold he said gives him more protection and better mobility than anything team trainers had to offer.

He has tested it during practice and will use it for the first time tonight against Pittsburgh.

"This is real comfortable. I don't even feel it," said Walters, who has 30 tackles, 2 sacks and 16 quarterback hurries. "I feel like my hand is perfect."

He injured his left ring finger on the first play against West Virginia on Oct. 26.

Meanwhile, quarterback Ken Dorsey might wear a sheath to protect his left wrist, sprained against Rutgers on Nov. 2.

SHULA AWARD: The winner of Saturday's inaugural and all future Florida Atlantic-Florida International games will win the award, named for the former Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame coach. Shula is a mentor to both coaches, FAU's Howard Schnellenberger and FIU's Don Strock.