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Jackets lose 10 football players to grades

May 15, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- Georgia Tech has declared 10 football players academically ineligible for next season, including leading rusher Tony Hollings.

Today's announcement came a day after nine University of Georgia players were declared ineligible by the NCAA for selling their 2002 Southeastern Conference championship rings.

Of the Georgia Tech students, head coach Chan Gailey says he is disappointed and hopes they will work toward continuing their education. Gailey says the school will do everything it can to help them.

Hollings, who suffered a season-ending knee injury near the end of the fourth game last season, ran for 633 yards in his limited action and was leading the nation in rushing at the time.

He had surgery on the knee and was expected back for fall practice.

Starting defensive end Tony Hargrove, who had 49 tackles and four sacks last season, and reserves Anthony Lawston, Kingi McNair and Michael Sampson also will miss next season.

The other players were not identified by the school, which cited the privacy issues, but a third starter was declared ineligible, too.

A men's tennis player also was declared academically ineligible.