Former TCU player given 7-year sentence

Former Texas Christian linebacker LaMarcus McDonald was sentenced to 7 years in prison yesterday, a day after pleading guilty to a drug charge.

McDonald, who played for TCU from 2000 to 2002, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance with a deadly weapon.

Police said McDonald, 26, was driving a car last year with two toddlers and an infant inside when they pulled him over and found 2.18 grams of crack cocaine in an aspirin container and a .380-caliber pistol. A jury yesterday found him not guilty of the weapon charge and sentenced him to 7 years on the drug charge.

Ellen Watson, a spokeswoman for the 19th state District Court in Waco, Texas, said McDonald will be eligible for parole after serving a quarter of his sentence.

Noteworthy

* The University of Oklahoma will ask the NCAA for a waiver to allow a booster to raise money for the funeral of Herman Mitchell, a recruit who was killed last week. Mitchell, a 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker, orally committed in June to play for the Sooners, but the 17-year-old from Westfield High School in Houston was shot to death Friday after getting into a fight at an apartment complex.

Soon after, Oklahoma booster and Houston resident Adam Fineberg began raising money for Mitchell's family to help defray the player's funeral costs. Fineberg had raised about $4,500 before university compliance officials told him his actions violated NCAA rules.

In another matter, tailback Allen Patrick, who missed more than 2 weeks of practice with a sprained right ankle, might start against North Texas on Saturday.

* Tennessee senior quarterback Erik Ainge has a broken pinkie on his right throwing hand, but is expected to play Saturday at California.

* Arkansas receiver Marcus Monk, who on Tuesday underwent the second arthrocopic surgery on his right knee this month, may be out through the Sept. 15 game at Alabama.

* Alabama starting nose guard Brian Motley broke his left ankle and will miss 6 to 8 weeks. Sophomore Lorenzo Washington will replace him. *