State Report

COLUMBIA — South Carolina defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis has been dismissed from the team for repeated violations of team and university policy, according to multiple sources.

Ellis was already on thin ice, having been suspended for the fall's first three games for violating the same university unspecified policy.

The redshirt sophomore — a beast of a football player at 6-5, 353 pounds — made just 11 tackles this past season, but three were for losses. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native played well in the loss to Clemson, recording five tackles including one for a loss. Altogether, Ellis played in 11 games in 2007.

He was expected to be counted upon this fall in the line rotation, to some degree, as new defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson works to ramp up a run defense that finished 110th (209.3 yards a game) in the country this past season.


The College of Charleston sailing team won two races and placed in the top 10 in all but three to sit seventh with 184 points after two days of competition at the ICSA Women's National Championship at the New York Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. Yale leads the regatta with 147 points.

Allison Blecher skippered the Cougars in the A-Division with Christina Murray and Hanna Watt serving as crew. They have placed in the top four in seven of 14 races, including three second-place finishes, and are fifth with 85 points, which is just five away from third-place Stanford.

Shannon Heausler sailed in the B-Division as skipper for the Cougars, with Dani Neri and Kathryn Metscher serving as crew. They totaled 99 points after winning two races and finishing in the top 10 in all but one of the 14 races so far. They are in seventh place, just seven points out of sixth heading into today's final day of competition.

College baseball

Following an incredible four-year career at The Citadel in which he posted a 3.95 grade point average and set the school record in career triples, outfielder Chris Swauger was named ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America second Team for the second consecutive year.


Trey Thomas, junior outfielder at The Citadel, was named one of 21 student-athletes to receive the Coleman Lew Leadership Award by the Southern Conference. The award recognizes scholar-athletes from each of the Southern Conference's 11 member institutions. The College of Charleston had two selections, swimmer Christopher Lietzow and basketball player Sarah Moye.

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--faculty athletic representatives and senior woman administrators nominate prospective candidates based on

--leadership, academic excellence and athletic achievement in both the college environment and the community.

--Athletic directors and representatives from Coleman Lew & Associates conducted one-on-one interviews with the

--finalists before determining the award recipients.