Fant Out Against Oregon After NCAA Denies Appeal Of Suspension

Aug 30, 2002

By RALPH D. RUSSO
AP Sports Writer

Mississippi State quarterback Kevin Fant won't play against No. 15 Oregonafter the NCAA denied the university's appeal of his one-game suspension Fridaynight.

Fant did not make the trip to Oregon with the team Thursday night.

Mississippi State officials in Eugene, Ore., and the NCAA conducted aconference call to determine whether Fant would be reinstated, athleticdepartment spokesman John Cade said.

Fant was awaiting word in Mississippi and would have been flown to Oregon onFriday night had he been reinstated for Saturday's game.

Mississippi State reported a violation involving Fant earlier this week tothe NCAA. He was suspended Thursday.

'Mississippi State and the Southeastern Conference believe the incident didnot warrant a suspension,' Bulldogs coach Jackie Sherrill said in a statement.

A message left at Fant's residence in Starkville was not returned to TheAssociated Press.

Redshirt freshman Kyle York is the Bulldogs' No. 2 quarterback.

Fant's play at the end of last season was one of the few bright spots in a3-8 campaign for Mississippi State.

He started the final three games, leading the Bulldogs to a victory overMississippi and throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns in a last-secondloss to BYU.

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