Middle Tennessee is revving up for a big year as overwhelming Sun Belt favorite, beginning with a pair of unlikely votes in the preseason AP poll and a prime upset bid against visiting Minnesota in next Thursday's opener. At the center, there's senior quarterback Dwight Dasher, the one-man offense universally regarded as the most lethal offensive weapon in the SBC.
Unfortunately, according to the Murfreesboro Daily New Journal, Dasher also happens to be at the center of an ongoing theft probe involving an infirm, 80-year-old lender, a teammate's pilfered checkbook and some very, very poor planning:
Dasher, 22, of Folkston, Ga., is accused of failing to repay a "large sum of money ... (he borrowed from) a patient at the (York VA Medical Center)," according to the report. The same report names Dasher as the subject of "another ongoing investigation."
Oliver M. Donnell, 80, is named as the complainant in the money dispute, along with Dasher's teammate Colin Boss, 21, of Temple Terrace, Fla., a redshirt junior offensive lineman.
Donnell told DNJ partner WSMV-TV that he loaned Dasher a total of $1,500 in exchange for a blank check for collateral.
Two days after Donnell filed the report, Boss went to Murfreesboro Police Department in reference to some of his checks being stolen. Donnell said the checks Dasher gave him as collateral were from a Temple Terrace, Fla., bank with Boss' name on them.
Luckily for all involved, no checks were cashed. As of this morning, Dasher wasn't facing any charges, and hadn't been disciplined by the team or university pending the outcome of the investigation. The only connection the Journal can make between Dasher and Donnell, his elderly benefactor, is a team visit the Blue Raiders made to the hospital last November, though Dasher doesn't appear in the photo gallery of the visit on MTSU's official site. There's no indication whatsoever why Dasher asked for the money, or what he did with it, though the Journal notes he did file a report with MTSU police on June 22 claiming someone had fraudulently used his credit/student finanical aid debit card with "an estimated value allegedly (of) $1,000."
Dasher was expected to practice as usual this afternoon. So he allegedly attempted to defraud a teammate in order to pay off a sizeable loan from random, disabled war vet for entirely murky reasons. Hey, we've all been there. You know, boys will be boys.