Mon May 02 07:57am EDT
Making the morning rounds.
• If you can't beat 'em, taunt 'em. A group of Michigan fans, still suffering from more than 2,700 days since the Wolverines' last victory over Ohio State, have purchased a "LIAR LIAR, VEST ON FIRE!" billboard on I-94 in Michigan to taunt Buckeye coach Jim Tressel as he endures allegations that he led to NCAA investigators. Preaching to the choir, perhaps, but an effective message nonetheless. [Detroit Free Press]
• The Rap Sheet. Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso, a likely starter coming off a season-long suspension in the wake of a drunk driving arrest last February, was arrested Sunday on charges of burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief. No details were available, but a second major offense in two years could very well be the end of Alonso's career as a Duck. [Eugene Register-Guard]
• Happy trails, Part One. Ohio State linebacker Dorian Bell, a former five-star recruit, has been suspended for the entire 2011 season, per coach Jim Tressel, likely a result of multiple failed drug tests over the course of his career. [Columbus Dispatch]
• Happy trails, Part Two. Elsewhere, the NCAA has ruled Washington State cornerback Aire Justin ineligible for a full calendar year for violating its banned substance policy, likely ending his college career. Justin started four games over the second half of last season and picked off two passes in November. [Seattle Times]
• Cowboy in the crossfire. Former Oklahoma State and NFL cornerback R.W. McQuarters suffered gunshot wounds early Saturday morning while leaving a friend's house in Tulsa. McQuarters, a Tulsa native, told police he saw a man in a ski mask after walking outside the friend's residence on Saturday morning, and was shot while trying to drive away a few minutes later, suffering non-life-threatening injuries in the process. [Tulsa World]
Quickly… Backup quarterback Beau Sweeney is transferring from Cal in search of playing time. … Michigan fans ponder Jim Tressel as Todd McNair. … A bit of John Heisman bulletin board material, circa 1922. … Tim Tebow's time as Dever's savior has already passed. … Charlie Sheen shows up in Tuscaloosa wearing an Alabama hat. … Alabama claims the anti-terrorism national championship. … And Oregon picked the right weekend to introduce stars-and-stripes gloves at the spring game.
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