Archive for June, 2014

Former Auburn TE star Lutzenkirchen killed in car crash

Former Auburn star tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen has been killed in a car crash.

Lutzenkirchen died in Georgia after a 2006 Chevy Tahoe containing he and three others “ran a stop sign and careened out of control for roughly 450 feet before overturning several times, coming to a rest on its roof“, according to a USA Today report.

It is not known whether alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Lutzenkirchen played for all four years of his Auburn career – although his final season was cut short by a hip injury that cost him a NFL future. He caught 14 TDs over his 59-game career for the Tigers for 628 yards. He also was one of the mainstays in the Auburn Tigers’ 2010-1 National Championship victory in which the Tigers beat not only favored Alabama but also Oregon.

I’m deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Philip Lutzenkirchen,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. “He was a great young man who touched the lives of everyone he knew in a positive way. On the field, Philip was a great player and competitor, but more importantly, he was a great teammate and friend off the field.

He added: “My thoughts and prayers are with Philip’s parents, Mike and Mary, and all of his family and friends who are grieving his passing. This is a sad day for the entire Auburn family. I find peace knowing that even though Philip was taken from us too soon, that he lived his life to the fullest, leaving a lifetime of great memories for his family and friends to cherish forever.

Ole Miss senior DB arrested

Ole Miss senior defensive back Senquez Golson was arrested on Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct, reports have said.

The officer was in the midst of a call and he encountered Golson,” Cooksey said. “He attempted to identify him, but he didn’t have any identification on him and he wouldn’t give information.

Golson was a ten-game starter for Ole Miss at cornerback, and he had 2 INTs  and 3 pass break-ups.

Golson was taken to the Adult Detention Center in Pascagoula, where he was later released on $1,000 bond through AD Bonding.

Georgia, Notre Dame agree home-and-home

In a refreshing change from the ‘Big Home Game In A NFL Dome/Ireland/England/France (you wait! It’s coming!)’, Georgia and Notre Dame have agreed one of the biggest home-and-homes in their history.

The matches will be played at Notre Dame on September 9th, 2017 and in Athens on September 21st, 2019.

This series will generate an overwhelming level of excitement for our student-athletes and supporters,” said Georgia AD Greg McGarity. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for Notre Dame and look forward to the start of this memorable experience.

The two teams have met only once before — in the 1981 Sugar Bowl–a 17-10 Georgia victory that capped an undefeated, untied season and secured a consensus national championship.

Playing Notre Dame will be an honor and a great challenge for us,” said UGA head coach Mark Richt. “I have a lot of respect for the job Coach Kelly is doing there and I’m sure college football fans across the country will enjoy watching our two teams compete.

After Notre Dame’s awesome game at Tennessee in 2005 the last time they played a home-and-home against a SEC school, we can’t wait.

Florida TE to transfer

Florida TE Colin Thompson is to transfer  after an injury-ravaged two years in The Swamp.

Thompson has only played three games for the Gators in three years, despite being brought it as a top prospect.

ESPN has reported he has already visited James Franklin at Penn State.

Texas A&M beats Texas, Alabama to top WR commitment

Texas A&M has beaten Texas to the commitment of five-star WR Damarkus Lodge.

The 6ft 2, 190lb Lodge, from Cedar Hill HS, TX,  is rated for fourth-best wide receiver in the country, and sixth-best player in the State of Texas, and 35th-best player overall.

Lodge was offered by a large number of big-time programs, including Texas, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Clemson, LSU, Ole Miss, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and USC.

Texas fans were predictably unhappy with Lodge going to their still-hated rival.

 

Two UGA players appear in court; Will not face suspension

Georgia linebacker James DeLoach and freshman defensive end Jonathan Taylor will not face suspensions from Mark Richt after being arrested for cashing checks illegally.

The two players were told that they would face “significant internal discipline” but no suspensions, according to a number of reports.

They were accepted into a pre-trial intervention program.

The other two players – safety Tray Matthews and WR Uriah LeMay – appeared alongside DeLoach and Taylor. Matthews left the team earlier this week and LeMay has also left UGA. Both players intend to transfer.

Mississippi State beats Ole Miss to 4-star DT

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen had another recruiting coup on Wednesday when he beat Ole Miss to four-star defensive tackle Briston Guidry.

Guidry, who plays at Archbishop Rummel in Metairie, LA, is 6ft2 and weighs 265lbs, and will play for Dan Mullen’s 2016 class.

Guidry had also been offered by Tennessee, Louisville and Southern Miss, and recruited by but not offered by LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas A&M.

He is rated the 15th overall player in Louisiana, and 24th among defensive tackles in the country by 24-7Sports.com.

South Carolina beats Georgia, Alabama to 4-star DE

If Mark Richt didn’t have to face some bad news when he dismissed safety Tray Matthews from the team, it got a little worse for him when four-star Georgia-based recruit Arden Key decided he would play at South Carolina instead of Athens.

Key, a weak-side defensive end, was also offered by Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Penn State and Stanford among the 33 schools who offered, according to 24-7Sports.com.

He had committed to South Carolina in June 2013, and then de-committed in September, before re-committing to Columbia in June 2014.

Key is at Hapeville Charter HS in Atlanta, GA. He’s rated as the 14th-best overall player in Georgia, and the 10th-best at his position in the country. Spurrier got the 2nd-best weak-side defensive end in Shamelik Blackeshear earlier in the recruiting process.

 

UGA dismisses another safety

You can’t make this up – Georgia has dismissed another secondary player. This time, it’s rising sophomore Tray Matthews.

With Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins off the team, the Bulldogs’ secondary was already looking a little thin, and then Mark Richt hit the Bulldog Nation with this bomb.

We are trying to make room for guys who want to do things right“, Richt said.

Matthews refused to mention why he’d been dismissed, saying that he “couldn’t talk about it right now”. He also tweeted that he could end up playing for Auburn or Louisville. Matthews had been arrested for three counts of theft in the off-season, in a charge relating to double-dipping on scholarship checks, Macon.com has reported.

Matthews, who started six games for the Bulldogs as a true freshman, had 36 tackles, 1 interception, 1.5 tackle for loss and 4 passes broken up.

BOTTOM LINE: New DC Jeremy Pruitt’s holes at secondary get worse. What was strange is that the booting of Matthews seems opposite to what Richt said about Matthews last week, when he said “he thought the player was “on a turning point of maturing some, and becoming a very dependable guy. I’m not saying he is a dependable guy, or has been at this point. But I have a feeling that that’s his desire to become that. And he needs to. It’s time“, according to Macon.com. He must have been pretty unrepentant in his latest interview to infuriate Richt so much that he booted him.

 

 

 

Texas A&M dismisses two starters

Texas A&M has tossed two of their starters after they were arrested on Tuesday night.

Linebacker Darian Claiborne and defensive linesman Isaiah Golden were both booted after being arrested on three charges each of aggravated robbery.

The police report says: “On May 23, 2014 at approximately 2255 hrs, officers with the College Station Police Department were dispatched to the 2000 blk of Holleman Drive W in regards to a report of an aggravated robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival officers met with two victims, a 20 year old male and a 22 year old male, and learned that the reported robbery had actually occurred a short distance away at their apartment in the 1100 blk of Jones Butler Road. They further stated that a third victim, a 20 year old male, was at that apartment and that he had been struck in the head during the robbery by one of the suspects. Officers responded to the apartment, located the third victim, and found him to have suffered minor injuries as a result of being struck.

It gets worse.

“Investigation at the scene found that the three victims had entered into an agreement to purchase a quantity of marijuana from the suspects. When the suspects arrived at the apartment to complete the transaction, one of the suspects produced a handgun, pointed it at one of the victims while the other suspect took the money that was present to purchase the marijuana. While this was occurring, one of the victims stood up from the couch and was struck in the face by the suspect with the handgun. The suspects then fled the area on foot and the victims notified police.

Rightly, they were booted out from College Station, and are being held on bail of $120,000 each. As someone chatting to us on Twitter pointed out, you don’t get arrested for aggravated robbery for fun.

These two individuals have failed to meet the high expectations and standards that we have for our football players and as representatives of this university,” Sumlin said in a news release. “These two players have exhibited a pattern of behavior that we will not tolerate at Texas A&M.”

Both players were arrested on February 24th with Golden arrested for a small amount of marijuana, and Claiborne was arrested for a noise violation. Claiborne was arrested in December for possession of marijuana, too.

BOTTOM LINE: Claiborne’s going to be a huge loss for DC Mark Snyder, who had a defense that struggled mightily in 2013 (to be polite). He had 89 tackles for the team for the year. Golden made six starts for the team. However, the two arrests for Claiborne (by the look of it), look a little soft. Mind you, what were the players doing smoking weed in the first place? 

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