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Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:10 am
Edited on: March 7, 2012 11:13 am
 

Illinois' Justin Staples to be suspended

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following a DUI arrest on campus on February 9, in which he was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .157, Illinois defensive lineman Justin Staples was suspended from winter workouts for two weeks.

If Staples thought that would be the extent of his punishment, he was wrong.

Staples will be allowed to participate in spring practice with the Illini, which starts Wednesday, but he'll be missing some time this fall when the games begin.

New head coach Tim Beckman said that Staples will "miss some game time" but did not go into specifics into how much game time that is exactly. It could be a half, a game, or a number of games.

Staples started only one game as a redshirt junior in 2011, but played in all 13 games, recording 16 tackles and a sack.

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Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:18 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 12:18 pm
 

Kentucky LB Ridge Wilson arrested and suspended

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Kentucky linebacker Ridge Wilson was arrested over the weekend in Louisville and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. A charge that is considered a felony.

Wilson was parked in his car with the lights off when a policeman approached his vehicle to see what Wilson was doing. Inside the car he found a pair of jeans in the back seat with a bag of Xanax in the pocket. Police also found $1,947 in the pants Wilson was wearing.

Police also said that Wilson kept mentioning to them that he was a football player at Kentucky, and seemed nervous the entire time.

Wilson has been suspended by Kentucky following the arrest, though when asked about the suspension, spokesperson Tom Neely would only say that Wilson "broke team rules."

Wilson, who will be a senior in the 2012 season, had 47 tackles in 9 games for Kentucky last season, including 3 for a loss and 2 sacks.

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Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:25 pm
 

Gary Patterson's statement on TCU arrests

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the news of a major drug bust at TCU on Wednesday came as a surprise to all, perhaps nobody was more surprised than TCU head coach Gary Patterson, who released a statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday.

"There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days," Patterson said. "As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad.

"Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU’s student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period. Our program is respected nationally for its strong ethics and for that reason the players arrested today were separated from TCU by the University. I believe strongly that young people’s lives are more important than wins or losses.

"This situation isn’t unique to TCU -- it is a global issue that we all have to address. This isn’t just about bad decisions made by a small percentage of my team. It is about a bigger issue across this country and world.

"As a coach, I do the best I can to educate members of my team. We have programs in place that teach student-athletes about what they should and shouldn’t do and how to be successful in life. I talk to them about how to be students and upstanding men that uphold the TCU name and its traditions.

"At the end of the day, though, sometimes young people make poor choices. The Horned Frogs are bigger and stronger than those involved." 

Patterson said he was mad at the beginning of the statement, and you could tell he meant it while reading the rest of it.

Four TCU players were arrested as part of the sting. Those four players were linebacker Tanner Brock, defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, safety Devin Johnson and offensive tackle Ty Horn.

All but Horn were starters for the Horned Frogs

Obviously, this isn't good news for anybody involved, including the rest of Patterson's football team. Losing three of your starters on defense this way heading into the Big 12 won't do the Horned Frogs any favors on the field, and to make matters worse, this may just be the beginning.

There's no telling where this story is going to end just yet.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:39 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 5:47 pm
 

Report: Wazzu long snapper Zack Koepp arrested

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The offseason, that wonderful time of year when college football players find themselves with a whole lot of free time, and decide to spend that free time by acting like college kids. Also known as doing dumb stuff and sometimes getting in trouble for it.

The latest player to find himself in this situation would be Washington State long snapper Zach Koepp. According to The Spokesman-Review, Koepp was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with obstructing a public servant.

What exactly does that mean?

Well, it means police were called to the Pi Kappa Alpha frat house at 12:31 am Sunday morning after a complaint that somebody was throwing rocks at the house. When police showed up on the scene, Koepp was there and fled. Unfortunately for Koepp, he's a long snapper and not a more agile wide receiver. Which could explain why he slipped in the mud and hit his head on a metal grate covering a gas meter.

Though police did say that any injuries he suffered weren't believed to be serious. However, it should be pointed out that Koepp suffered a concussion in Washington State's game against Arizona State last season and missed the last two games of the season because of it.

So whether the injury happened in a comical fashion while evading police or not, it is somewhat concerning when a person with a concussion history hits their head on anything.

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Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:34 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 4:58 pm
 

Report: Ex-Ohio St. commit charged with rape

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Former Ohio State recruit Roger Lewis has been charged with two counts of rape.

The wide receiver from Pickerington Central turned himself in to Pickerington, Ohio police on Wednesday after being contacted by the police on Tuesday according to ThisWeekNewspapers

According to the report, Lewis has been charged with two counts of rape of an 18-year old woman. Both charges are first-degree felonies. It's alleged that Lewis raped the alleged victim twice, once in December and once on January 6th. According to Pickerington police commander Matt Delp, it's believed that the alleged victim is an acquaintance of Lewis.

The police also say that Lewis has been under investigation for over a month. Earlier in January he had been pulled over and cited for speeding and driving under suspension in the alleged victim's vehicle with the alleged victim as a passenger. It was after Lewis was pulled over with the alleged victim that she first reported the incidents to the police.

Lewis had been a member of Ohio State's 2012 recruiting class until earlier this week. That's when the Columbus Dispatch first reported that Lewis would be exploring other options when it came to where he would play football in college. Ohio, Marshall and Bowling Green were all mentioned as possible landing spots for Lewis in the story.

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Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:56 am
Edited on: December 14, 2011 11:56 am
 

Two Cowboys hit with drug misdemeanors

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma State doesn't play again until January 2nd when it will face Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. Which means that Oklahoma State players have a lot of free time on their hands, and we all know what happens when college kids have a bunch of extra time on their hands. So it's not surprising to find out that Oklahoma State's Christian Littlehead and Jonathan Rush find themselves in a bit of trouble with the law.
Oklahoma State defensive lineman Christian Littlehead and offensive linemen Jonathan Rush were each charged Monday with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges, both misdemeanors, stem from an incident last Thursday, when OSU police found two homemade smoking devices containing burnt residue in Rush's and Littlehead's residence at Sitlington Hall, according to the initial filing at the Payne County Courthouse.
Both players could face a year in jail or $1,000 fine, possibly both, but probably neither.

As for how this will affect each player's status for the Fiesta Bowl, the school is aware of the incident and is handling its own internal investigation. When it comes to Rush, whether suspended or not, he won't be playing in the Fiesta Bowl as he suffered a knee injury against Texas A&M in September that ended his season.

As for Littlehead, that's where things get a bit interesting. Littlehead has started a couple of games this season, but has played on the defensive line in all 12 games for Oklahoma State, with 16 tackles and a sack. His current court date is set for December 29th, which poses a problem for him seeing as how Oklahoma State is scheduled to fly to Arizona on December 27th. Which means that if he's not suspended for the game and wants to make the trip, he's going to have to get his court date changed as well.
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Gary Pinkel pleads guilty to DWI



Posted by Tom Fornelli


Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel was in a Boone County circuit courtroom on Friday morning where he pleaded guilty to the Class B misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. Pinkel was given a 30-day suspended sentence in Boone County Jail but will instead serve two years of unsupervised probation. 

Pinkel was charged with the DWI on Wednesday night after driving home from a dinner with some friends. 

He is currently serving a one week suspension without pay from Missouri, and will not be with the team when it faces Texas Tech on Saturday. He will return to his coaching duties on Thursday in time to coach the Tigers in their regular season finale against Kansas.
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Pinkel suspended one week without pay

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following his arrest on Wednesday night for suspicion of DWI, I wrote that Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel should not allow himself to coach his team against Texas Tech on Saturday. My reasoning for this was that it was only fair that a head coach who had suspended players for two games earlier this season for the same offense he committed be held to the same standards.

Well, according to our Missouri Rapid Reporter Dave Matter, that's exactly what Missouri is going to do.

Matter reports that Pinkel has been suspended for a week, including Saturday's game against Texas Tech, without pay. He'll be allowed to return to coaching on Thursday next week before Missouri's game against Kansas.

Defensive coordinator Dave Steckel will fill in as head coach in Pinkel's absence.

Matter also reports that Pinkel's weekly salary will be donated to the MU Wellness Resource Center, and that he will not receive a bowl bonus or social responsibility bonus this season. His salary will also be frozen for a year.

Athletic director Mike Alden also warned that any other arrests like this could result in Pinkel's termination.

"This has been an isolated incident and we do not expect any further issues such as this with coach Pinkel. But if in fact anything like that would ever happen again in the future, then further disciplinary action would be necessary in the future, up to and including termination," said Alden on Thursday evening.
 
 
 
 
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