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Washington State starting defensive back Shalom Luani was charged with second-degree felony assault early Wednesday morning after getting into a fight at a Domino’s Pizza near campus.
According to PullmanRadio.com, Luani became verbally abusive because his order was taking too long. A manger offered Luani his money back, but Luani continued to be confrontational.
Several patrons in the restaurant asked Luani to leave, including a 20-year-old Washington State student who was struck by Luani. The two men went outside where Luani broke the man’s nose. The man was treated at Pullman Regional Hospital.
Pullman Police arrived at Domino’s and found Luani, whom police say was under the influence of alcohol, cooperative. He was arrested and released.
Washington State has not said what if any punishment Luani will face.
Arkansas quarterback Rafe Peavey announced via Twitter he was leaving the Razorbacks to join SMU.
Thank you to the state of Arkansas!! pic.twitter.com/4W1rUZokcl
— Rafe Peavey (@IThrowFootballs) August 24, 2016
Peavey was competing for the backup job behind Austin Allen, who was named starter back in the spring. Peavey had also said in previous interviews that despite not being the starter, he had no intention of leaving the program.
“I’m going to stay regardless,” Peavey told the Arkansas News in April. “Been committed here since sophomore year of high school. I’ve never had any doubt. This is the place God wants me to be. I have faith in that.”
Peavey was the No. 2 quarterback coming out of spring, but an offseason back issue pushed him back into a competition with Ty Storey and Cole Kelley. Peavey had participated in limited practice during fall camp while recovering.
Former Cal running back and five-time Pro Bowler Marshawn Lynch practiced with his alma mater in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday. The Bears open the 2016 season against Hawaii in Australia on Saturday (or Friday in the United States).
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) August 22, 2016
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) August 23, 2016
Coach Sonny Dykes told ESPN.com that Lynch has served as a mentor for the players and an ambassador for the team.
Almost a year after being fired at Illinois, coach Tim Beckman has found another job.
According to the News-Gazette, Beckman has joined the North Carolina staff as a volunteer assistant with the defensive staff. North Carolina officials confirmed the report.
Beckman was fired last August after an external review into allegations found he discouraged players from reporting injuries. At the time, athletic director Mike Thomas stated that Beckman was terminated “based on the health and well-being of our student-athletes” and that “the findings don’t reflect the culture we are building with Illinois athletics.” Thomas was fired months later.
Beckman, who went 12-25 overall with the Illini and 4-20 in Big Ten, denied the allegations.
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora and Beckman do have a history as they worked together at Oklahoma State in 2007.
Fedora is scheduled to meet with the media Wednesday afternoon.
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So, this guy made a recreation of the Nebraska-BYU Hail Mary ending from last year with Lego animation and it’s as awesome as you’d think it would be.
A video posted by Jared Jacobs (@goldyeller) on Aug 23, 2016 at 8:46am PDT
Like that one? He did one for the botched punt between Michigan and Michigan State, too.
A video posted by Jared Jacobs (@goldyeller) on Aug 15, 2016 at 6:13am PDT
Did you see Nebraska’s new uniforms? If you didn’t they’re pretty swell. As is the video to promote them.
Rep the N, shine bright.
The lawyer for deceased Central Florida player Ereck Plancher had strong words for the university when he learned the school was erecting a statue of former coach George O’Leary.
Plancher collapsed and died in 2008 during an offseason practice because of complications from sickle cell trait. UCF’s athletic association was found negligent and Plancher’s family was awarded $10 million by a jury in 2011.
While O’Leary was not sanctioned in the judgment, several players testified that he was at the practice and did little to help Plancher when he noticed he was laboring.
“They ought to erect a statue to Ereck Plancher,” attorney Steve Yerrid told CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd on Tuesday. “Instead they’re erected a statue to the coach who watched it? Pitiful.”
“I tell you what, ‘[UCF] can go to hell.’”
Nebraska will wear white alternative uniforms against Northwestern on Sept. 24 that feature red numbers and lettering with silver accents and trim.
According to Adidas the uniforms were, “Developed in collaboration with the University of Nebraska athletic department, and inspired by the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, also know as the “Star City,” the new Husker Chrome alternate uniform blends crisp, modernized design with a tribute to Nebraska’s clean, classic signature look.
“The special edition alternative uniform is centered around a pristine white colorway with metallic accents to create a bold alternate look for the Cornhuskers. The modernized style features metallic red numbering with metallic chrome outlining on the jersey and is accented with metallic chrome stripes on both the jersey and the pants. Additional detailing includes an oversized, metallic red bold “N” logo that seamlessly aligns with the pant stripes.
That’s all just a fancy way to say these uniforms look pretty dang cool and are some of the better alternative (yet classic) uniforms we’ve seen unveiled this season.
Let’s just hope Nebraska plays as well as it looks.
Is it time to buy the hype for Michigan?
Is Ohio State really in a rebuilding year?
Are we doing a disservice to Michigan State and Iowa by completely ignoring last year’s division champs?
These are some of the main questions heading into this Big Ten season as the conference’s quest to get back into the College Football Playoff begins with some tough games on the opening weekend.
While the aforementioned teams are definitely in the spotlight, teams such as Wisconsin and Nebraska could be the biggest surprises. Here’s Dr. Saturday’s look at how the Big Ten season could shape up in 2016.
Offensive Player of the Year J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year Jabril Peppers, DB, Michigan
Newcomer Player of the Year John O’Korn, QB, Michigan
BIG TEN EAST (in predicted order of finish)
Ohio State 2015 record: 12-1 2015 finish: 2nd East
Best-case scenario: Ohio State flies under the radar because of its lack of returning starters and fields a team that’s consistent with the ones that have made Meyer 31-1 in Big Ten play since coming to Columbus. The Buckeyes go undefeated and get back into the CFP.
Predicted 2016 conference record: 8-1
Predicted 2016 conference record: 8-1
Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago
Oregon junior cornerback Chris Seisay has decided to transfer after leaving the program this past weekend, Seisay confirmed via text message to OregonLive.com.
According to the website, Seisay has been granted a full release.
Seisay had 55 tackles, six passes breakups, a forced fumble and an interception in 18 career games. He filled in during the Ducks 2015 Rose Bowl game for injured All-American corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
His success in that game earned him a starting role for the following season. He started the first two games before suffering an ankle injury that required surgery and caused him to miss the next eight games.
Seisay told OregonLive.com he was slated to start this season, but decided to leave because he felt he wasn’t on good terms with the program.
Seisay’s absence leaves the Ducks very young at cornerback. Arrion Springs and Ugo Amadi are his likely replacements and safety Tyree Robinson played corner last year while Seisay was injured.
Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago
Temple seniors Haason Reddick and Dion Dawkins will not face trial for charges of felony aggravated assault and conspiracy stemming from an off-campus fight in 2015.
Instead, the two will be placed in a diversionary program, Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD).
“If they don’t get in trouble in an agreed-upon period of time, their records will be expunged,” said James Funt, attorney for Dawkins, told Philly.com.
The two players were suspended from the team in March 2015 for the fight that occurred outside a Philadelphia nightclub on Jan. 18, 2015. Both were accused of seriously injuring Benjamin Wood, a fellow Temple student.
Following the suspension, the Temple Student Conduct Board found that Reddick and Dawkins were not responsible for the alleged actions and they were allowed back on the football team.
Dawkins is the team’s starting left tackle and Reddick is the team’s starting defensive end.
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