Sam Cooper

  • LSU DT Trey Lealaimatafao dismissed after arrest

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    A little more than a week after LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested, Tigers head coach Les Miles dismissed him from the program on Monday.

    “Trey is no longer a member of our football team,” Miles said in a statement. “We have gathered information on this incident and we feel it’s best for us to part ways.”

    Lealaimatafao, a redshirt freshman from San Antonio, Texas, was arrested June 19 for simple battery and simple robbery stemming from a fight in the parking lot of a Baton Rouge bar.

    Police said Lealaimatafao “dug through the pockets” of a man who had been beaten unconscious and then “punched the victim’s girlfriend in the face with a closed fist” when she tried to stop him. After continuing to “dig through the male victim’s pockets,” witnesses said Lealaimatafao, 18, “fled the scene when authorities arrived.”

    For more LSU news, visit TigerBait.com.

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  • Ex-UCLA QB Asiantii Woulard says he's transferring to South Florida

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Asiantii Woulard is headed back to Florida.

    Nearly a month after Woulard announced his decision to leave UCLA, the redshirt sophomore quarterback said Monday that he’s transferring to South Florida.

    Decided to come home & play at the University of South Florida. No past regrets at all but looking forward to a new beginning in Tampa! #USF

    Thank you UCLA for everything, forever grateful & appreciate everyone there. Excited for this new opportunity! #Bulls pic.twitter.com/cdj2XX69wp

    “I am very familiar with the team already, it's close to home and it's a great situation to come in and compete," Woulard told ESPN's Joe Schad. "USF is a program that has been waiting for something special and I want to help build that.”

    In the meantime, Steven Bench and Quinton Flowers will compete for the starting role heading into the 2015 season. 

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  • J.T. Barrett's dad: Braxton Miller 'should get' starting QB role back

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    As we inch closer to the upcoming Ohio State quarterback competition between Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, one party very close to the situation – Barrett’s father, Joe – offered an interesting take on the matter.

    “Of course I would love to see my kid start, but for me it always goes back to who was first,” Joe Barrett told the Columbus Dispatch. “If Braxton hadn’t gotten hurt, I would still be waiting for my baby to get the chance to play. I was thankful J.T. got that chance … and we were all blessed that he was ready to compete, but like I have told everybody, I don’t want to see my kid take a position because of the misfortune of someone else.

    “In other words, Braxton should get that position back, then everybody else should go try to take it from him.”

    Jones, the team’s third-stringer, came on in relief of Barrett and led the Buckeyes to a national title with wins over Wisconsin (Big Ten championship), Alabama (national semifinal) and Oregon in the College Football Playoff title game.

    How it all will play out is anybody’s guess. 

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  • Notre Dame RB Greg Bryant reportedly suspended four games

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season, according to BlueandGold.com.

    The suspension, which is reportedly a result of a team rules violation, will keep the redshirt sophomore out for games against Texas, Virginia, Georgia Tech and UMass.

    Bryant, a five-star recruit in 2013, saw brief action as a true freshman before taking a medical redshirt due to a knee injury. In 2014, he was second on the team with 289 yards rushing on just 54 carries – good for a 5.4 yard average. The 5-foot-10, 206-pound Bryant also had three rushing touchdowns and added five catches for 50 yards.

    Bryant also contributed on special teams with eight punt returns for 94 yards.

    The Irish return last season’s top rusher in junior Tarean Folston, who had 889 yards and six scores. Per BlueandGold.com, Bryant was splitting second-team reps with C.J. Prosise, a senior who played mainly slot receiver last year. 

    For more Notre Dame news, visit BlueAndGold.com.

  • Utah State dismisses senior WR JoJo Natson

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    Utah State wide receiver JoJo Natson was dismissed from the program for “violation of team rules,” head coach Matt Wells announced Sunday.

    “We are extremely disappointed anytime we have to make a decision regarding the future of one of our student-athletes,” Wells said. “We will continue to support JoJo as he moved forward in his career.”

    The 5-foot-7, 151-pound Natson was second on the team with 51 catches for 504 yards and two touchdowns and added 498 yards and three scores on the ground in 2014. He was also first in the Mountain West with an average of 11.7 yards per punt return and had two punt return touchdowns.

    In three years with the program, Natson played in 39 games and made 19 starts. Overall, he caught 127 passes for 1,031 yards and five touchdowns and had 611 yards and six touchdowns rushing in his career.

    Additionally, he is tied for first in school and Mountain West history with four career punt return touchdowns.

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  • 2 Utah State football players released from hospital following car crash

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Two of the four Utah State football players involved in a Friday car crash were released from the hospital, the school announced.

    The school said redshirt freshman defensive lineman Adewale Adeoy and senior defensive lineman John Taylor both were released on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, redshirt junior defensive lineman Edmund Faimalo, senior defensive lineman Travis Seefeldt and former USU softball player Sarah Vasquez, who was also in the car, remain hospitalized but “continue to improve,” the school said.

    None of their injuries are life-threatening, USU head coach Matt Wells told The Herald Journal over the weekend.

    “First and foremost, thank you to everyone who has had these five Aggie student-athletes in their thoughts and prayers, including numerous representative from the Mountain West Conference and its member institutions,” said USU Interim Athletics Director Jana Doggett.

    Seefeldt and Taylor had 35 and nine tackles in 2014, respectively. Faimalo recently transferred from Riverside City College while Adeoye redshirted last season.

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  • 5-star recruit Darnell Salomon pleads guilty in UGA dorm burglary

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Nearly a year after he was accused of stealing from a University of Georgia dorm room, Darnell Salomon pled guilty to first-degree burglary in Athens, Ga., court late last week.

    Salomon, a five-star wide receiverfrom Miami in the class of 2016, had been accused of taking an iPhone and a “wallet containing cash and credit cards” from an unlocked UGA dorm room last July. Salomon was visiting campus as part of the Bulldogs’ “Dawg Night” prospect camp.

    Salomon told UGASports.com earlier in the month that he sent Georgia head coach Mark Richt an apology letter“about how sorry I was and how I showed bad character.” Freddrell Green, Salomon’s attorney, did not say if Richt was still recruiting Salomon.

    From the AJC:

    Green also told the AJC he believes the burglary was “an isolated incident.”

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  • Penn State adds longtime NFL coach Jim Haslett as consultant

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Penn State added a coach with plenty of NFL experience to its staff on Wednesday.

    The program announced that longtime NFL coach Jim Haslett “will serve as a consultant” for the Penn State football team and program. Haslett, a native of Pittsburgh, spent the last five seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.

    “We are very excited to have Jim with our program,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said. “Jim has an outstanding football mind and invaluable experience that will be a tremendous resource. He has great knowledge of the game at the next level and we plan to put that to good use. He will work with our offensive, special teams and defensive coaches and will be a fantastic sounding board for our staff.”

    Before his time with the Redskins, Haslett most notably was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 2000-2005. He also had stints as a defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams (2006-08) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1997-99) and Saints (1996) and coached linebackers for the Saints (1995) and Los Angeles Raiders (1993-94).

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  • Arizona State DT George Lea suspended after BB gun arrest

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Arizona State defensive tackle George Lea was arrested Monday night after an incident involving a BB gun.

    According to the Arizona Republic, Lea was arrested on “suspicion of first-degree burglary involving a weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful imprisonment.”

    Arizona State head coach Todd Graham suspended Lea, a true freshman, indefinitely on Tuesday.

    “ASU football players are held to high standards and are expected to exercise good discipline and judgment on and off the field,” the school said in a statement. “The ASU Police Department and the Dean of Students are investigating the matter and will take appropriate action, as warranted, once all the facts are gathered.”

    Arizona State police said Lea, a freshman who enrolled early, pointed the BB gun – which was wrapped in a towel – at a teammate. A witness, another ASU football player, said he thought Lea was “probably playing around.”

    From the Republic:

    For more Arizona State news, visit ASUDevils.com.

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  • Mistrial declared in rape case against two former Vanderbilt players

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the rape case against two former Vanderbilt football players.

    According to the Tennessean, Nashville Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins made the decision after defense attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey argued last week that one of the jurors was biased because he withheld that he was a victim in a statutory rape case.

    “The defendants have a right to a fair and impartial trial, a right that was violated by juror No. 9’s misconduct,” Watkins’ order reads, per WKRN. “By failing to disclose being the named victim in a twenty-three count statutory rape indictment, the presumption of jury bias was met.”

    Nonetheless, Watkins declared a mistrial.

    Prosecutors say a new trial will be pursued.

    From the Tennessean: 

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