- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
After pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge in January, Illinois director of student-athlete development Ryan Cubit was sentenced to two years of court supervision on Friday.
Additionally, according to The News-Gazette, Cubit – the son of Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit – will have to wear an alcohol-monitoring device for three months, perform 100 hours of public service, pay a $1,000 fine and “attend a victim impact panel.”
The charge stemmed from Cubit being pulled over on Oct. 12 at 12:30 a.m. in Champaign. His blood-alcohol content was 0.12 percent.
If the 32-year-old Cubit completes the period of supervision without any hiccups, the incident will not appear on his record.
Cubit received a citation for underage drinking in Michigan in 2003 and Judge Richard Klaus said that incident, coupled with the DUI, gave him “pause.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Yes folks the rumors are true, Steve Spurrier has joined Twitter.
The South Carolina Head Ball Coach who has been entertaining us for years with his not-so-subtle jabs at Clemson and his witty press conference quips can now drop those gems at his leisure thanks to the wonders of social media.
It's true! pic.twitter.com/zlPGQYtWaD
His introductory tweet was a little tame:
1rst off/ Hello to all Gamecocks! I want to thank all past players at Duke at UF and UofSC and all present and future players #Heresc
But we hope once he gets into the groove — the befuddled look on Spurrier’s face in the above pic looks like he’s making his first transition from the Zach Morris oversized mobile to a smartphone — he’ll be the best thing that’s happened to Twitter since the @midnight hashtag (or whatever you think the best thing on Twitter is).
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
After his playing career at Rutgers came to an end in 2004, former Scarlet Knights team captain Ray Pilch moved into law enforcement and became a police officer in Piscataway, N.J. – just a few miles from Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus.
Late last week, Pilch and another officer saved the life of a 3-month old boy who had stopped breathing.
Pilch was the first officer to arrive on the scene following a 9-1-1 call on Thursday afternoon. According to NJ.com, Pilch performed CPR on the unconscious boy, whose skin “had turned blue.” Officer Michael Rountree then arrived on the scene and helped Pilch revive the child while receiving CPR instructions from dispatcher Cara Brandenburg.
Thanks to their efforts, the baby’s color returned and he was able to breathe on his own.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has taken a different approach to disciplining defensive end Tevin Beanum, who was arrested and charged with DWIand minor in possession of alcohol last weekend in Fayetteville.
He took away Beanum’s car.
In conjunction with Beanum’s mother, Sandra, Bielema restricted Beanum’s vehicle use to driving to the Fred Smith Football Center and class.
“He has to go through the court system and obviously he’ll have ramifications, but I’ve basically banned the use of his car for any time other than when he’s coming over here or going to academics,” Bielema said. “His car is to remain parked. If he gets pulled over for running through a stoplight at 10:30 at night then he’s violated my rules and there’s going to be an even bigger consequence.”
Beanum was driving with his bright headlights on around 2:26 a.m. Feb. 22 when police pulled him over. Police found an open bottle of brandy on the backseat and said Beanum smelled of alcohol.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Maryland’s expected starters at quarterback and running back won’t participate in spring practice.
Rising senior quarterback Caleb Rowe, who is projected to replace longtime starter C.J. Brown, is still recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee that he suffered during a practice in October. Terps head coach Randy Edsall said that Rowe is seeking a medical redshirt that would give him an additional year of eligibility in 2016. Rowe previously suffered the same injury to his left knee during his first career start against Boston College in 2012.
In 12 games combined over the past three seasons, Rowe has thrown for 1,768 yards with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
The academic scandal at the University of North Carolina has revealed yet another layer and this one involved the graduate student program.
According to a report by the News & Observer, UNC admitted student-athletes into the graduate program in order to keep them eligible for an extra semester.
The News & Observer detailed the admittance of former cornerback and kick returner Michael Waddell, who had a low grade point average and no GRE score, yet was admitted into the graduate studies program for a semester so he could gain a final year of eligibility. Waddell went on to be drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round in 2003.
He never attended classes, flunked out and became just another black mark for a university that was already scorched by a university-wide academic scandal that kept student-athletes eligible by enrolling them in “paper classes,” which required little to no attendance and just a paper at the end of the term to complete the course.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
In a lawsuit filed against his former employer, LSU, new Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis claims that he should not owe a $400,000 buyout stemming from the termination of his contract to coach the Tigers.
The lawsuit says that LSU athletic director Joe Alleva sent Chavis a letter on Jan. 2 demanding he pay the money, but Chavis says he gave notice to LSU to terminate his contract on Jan. 5.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Chris Johnson, a former Florida player who most recently played for Duquesne, died on Friday.
Per the Allegheny County medical examiner's office, Johnson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 22.
He was found in a car in Churchill at 10:59 a.m. Friday. He is from Ocala, Fla. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.
“Everyone associated with the Duquesne football program is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Chris," Duquesne football coach Jerry Schmitt said in a statement. "Chris was a passionate football player who was also a great teammate, who was loved by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris’ family at this difficult time.”
Johnson's final game at Florida was the 2013 Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville. He was ejected in the second half for throwing a punch after an onside kick. He was a senior in 2014 at Duquesne and had 55 tackles playing defensive back.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis is suing his current employer and his former employer because of a dispute involving his pay at LSU.
Yes, Chavis is suing Texas A&M. The Aggies are involved in the lawsuit because of what Chavis says is A&M's possible obligation to pay part of what he says he doesn't owe to LSU.
Chavis claims under his contract, he was given a right to terminate his employment agreement with LSU without cause with 30 days notice. If there were between zero and 11 months left on the deal, Chavis claimed he would owe nothing to LSU, but if between 11 and 23 months were left, he would owe $400,000 to the university.
On January 2, 2015, Chavis claims LSU Director of Athletics Joe Alleva demanded that Chavis pay the university $400,000. On January 5, Chavis says he turned in this 30-day notice to terminate the contract without cause, making his last day February 4.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 days ago
Former UNLV running back David Peeples died Wednesday according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 29.
Peeples, a Las Vegas native, died at Mountain View Hospital with the cause of death “yet to be determined.”
Peeples, the Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year in 2003, enrolled at UNLV in 2004 after a decorated career at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas. He rushed for 3,334 yards and 30 scores in his high school career, but his time at UNLV was marred with injury.
UNLV Sports Information Director Mark Wallington and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, a Las Vegas native, paid tribute to Peeples on Twitter.
Unexpected death makes you pause and look at life for what it really is.. RIP David Peeples
Overall, in parts of four seasons, Peeples rushed for 566 yards and eight touchdowns as a Rebel.