September 26, 2011
Making the morning rounds.
• The Rap Sheet, Seminole edition. Florida State cornerback/return man Greg Reid was arrested by Tallahassee police early this morning on a pair of misdemeanor charges for perjury and resisting an officer without violence. No details yet, but Reid, 21, was booked at the Leon County Jail on $500 bond.
Already this season — which was supposed to be a breakout year for a former five-star recruit on the heels of his MVP turn in last year's Chick-Fil-A Bowl — Reid has missed one game to a suspension, another to a knee injury, been posterized on one of the plays of the year and depending on the circumstances in this case, may not be seeing the field again anytime soon. [Orlando Sentinel]
UPDATE, 7:04 a.m. ET, Sept. 29: Three days later, both charges against Reed have been dropped by prosecutors.
• Recommended reading. The Arizona Republic has rolled out a massive investigative package on the four BCS bowls, using tax returns and other public documents to examine the exponential growth in revenue over the last decade for tax-exempt, "non-profit" entities that receive public subsidies even while paying exorbitant salaries, lavishing gifts on power brokers and routinely sticking schools with outrageous bills for unsold tickets and hotel rooms. The series also looks at legal challenges to the BCS as a violation of antitrust laws and how the Series could change when the current contracts come up for renegotiation. [Arizona Republic]
• Tough break. As feared, Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti is out for the season with a torn ACL, the same injury that ended his season in 2009. This time, he's expected to miss a minimum of nine months, which could threaten at least part of his final season of eligibility next year. In the meantime, the starting job on the strong side falls to senior Nate Stupar, who started seven games and finished third on the team in tackles last year but lost his job in the preseason. [Harrisburg Patriot-News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
In other injury news, Oklahoma center Ben Habern, a preseason All-Big 12 pick, is out six to eight weeks with a broken arm, forcing left guard George Ikard to slide into the middle and senior Stephen Good into the lineup for Ikard. [Norman Transcript, The Oklahoman]
• Did they question the Mountaineer? Campus police are investigating locker room thefts reported during Saturday's LSU-West Virginia game in Morgantown, and… well, that's it, because no one is about to say anything else about it. "That's an internal matter," Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen told the Charleston Daily Mail, "that we'll deal with internally." [Charleston Daily Mail]
• A Kiffin-esque situation. USC is asking the Pac-12 to review a pair of personal foul penalties against safety T.J. McDonald, who was flagged twice in Saturday's loss at Arizona State for helmet-to-helmet hits and/or targeting. "I don't know how you coach out of that," Kiffin said on Sunday. "I don't know, when the guy has the ball in his hands running, what you're supposed to do." [Orange County Register]
Quickly… South Florida receiver Terrence Mitchell is diagnosed with a concussion after being carted off the field in Saturday's win over UTEP. … The Big 12's new commissioner suggests the conference will go outside of Texas to replace Texas A&M. … Mississippi State's athletic director suggests burning the black jerseys. … Ryan Broyles gets engaged. … And is it necessarily a bad thing when Bob Davie is critical of your sideline energy?