Here's a roundup of notable arrests and incidents related to college football during the past week. Some of these are not eligible for the Fulmer Cup, but nonetheless might be interesting to you, the informed college football reader. Be warned: Some of these may be somewhat grim.
• Missouri defensive tackle Jimmy Burge was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia on Jan. 17.
• Former USC defensive end and current Minnesota Viking Everson Griffen was hit by a Taser and arrested for allegedly assaulting an LAPD officer. Griffen allegedly grabbed an officer in the crotch and squeezed while the officer was attempting to restrain him while he was on the ground.
• Iowa State linebacker Matt Tau'fo'ou was arrested for having an awesome name and alleged drunken driving on Jan. 29. He has been suspended from the Cyclones' football team.
• Ohio State offensive lineman commit Christopher Carter of Cleveland, Ohio, was arrested Feb. 1 on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual imposition. There was no word if Ohio State would rescind his scholarship offer.
• Nebraska sophomore defensive tackle Justin Jackson was arrested for DUI, minor possession and negligent driving Jan. 30 in Lincoln.
• Arizona State redshirt freshman Ramon Abreu has been suspended from the team and charged with sexual conduct with a minor after police received a complaint that he had sex with a 14-year-old while a senior in high school.
• Arkansas wide receiver Lance Ray has been arrested and charged with marijuana possession.
• Two LSU recruiting targets have had their signings delayed because of legal trouble. T.K. Fleming was arrested Feb. 1 for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. It was his fifth arrest in the past year, and tailback Jeremy Hill is on hold because of his recent arrest for sexual battery involving a 14-year-old.
• Murray State sophomore quarterback Casey Brockman pled guilty to charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol as a minor. Murray State is in the Ohio Valley Conference.
• South Carolina wide receiver O.J. Murdock, kicked off that team in 2006 for a shoplifting arrest, enrolled at Division II Fort Hays State and has turned his life around as he prepares for the NFL Scouting Combine.
• Clemson outside linebacker recruit Lateek Townsend was arrested Jan. 18 for driving with a suspended license and released on his own recognizance.
• South Carolina linebacker recruit Chip Towers was arrested in Georgia on Nov. 23 for possession/sale/distribution of a drug, driving on a suspended license and an expired tag.
• Former University of Cincinnati mascot guy-in-suit M. Robert Garfield III will appear in court to answer for a disorderly conduct charge for throwing snowballs during Cincinnati's game against Pitt on Dec. 4. Yes, it's the one you saw on YouTube.
• Former Nebraska running back Thunder Collins (2000-2002), sentenced to life for a 2008 murder, is appealing his conviction to the Nebraska Supreme Court.
• One of the tree-sitters who delayed renovation of Cal's football stadium has been arrested for attempted murder after someone visited him in his treetop home.
Woodson attempted to give a halftime speech, but was moved to tears, which gave all the Packers a fuzzy feeling and helped them subsequently win. Additionally, I hear the White House is lovely this time of year.
Excerpt from article:
"I just asked the guys to understand how much I wanted it," Woodson said.
"That's all he could get out," linebacker Desmond Bishop said. "He was all choked up, and there was just something about it that motivated all of us."
There is also a video of him holding the trophy in the article.
My opinion: Charles Woodson is celestial.
Also, SIAP baby, SIAP
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This doesn't really warrant its own thread but only way to get the word out. A replay of Harmon Big Ten Icon program is on at 9, so set your DVR if you missed it earlier today.
Now back to the Superbowl.
One hopes it is nothing that will inhibit him next year. Definitely a shame, though, as he had been playing lights out and forced Roethlisberger to go to other, less-covered receivers. Also had a TFL.
David Harris is reportedly receiving the Jets franchise tag. He is my absolute favorite player that I was able to watch from the student section. Somehow, he continues to fly under the radar as a truly elite linebacker but he's finally getting the recognition/contract he deserves. Good for him