More trouble at Tennessee? Key RB suspended after pot arrest

If it wasn’t the persistent losing, or the middle fingers put up against Alabama fans, or even the hot seat that’s frying Butch Jones right now, then the under-fire coach has had to do something else: Suspend his top running back.

John Kelly, who’s had 615 yards on 125 carries and 6 TDs, as well as 26 receptions for 255 yards (averaging 9.8 yards per reception), is a key playmaker, was cited on marijuana possession on Wednesday.

Kelly consented to the search, and officers asked Ignont to get out of the car, the statement said. During the search, they found “a clear plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana” as well as “a glass pipe usually used to smoke marijuana,” according to the statement from Knoxville Police. The baggie contained 4.6 grams of marijuana, which Kelly and linebacker Will Ignont (who hasn’t played much for the Vols).

The two players drove away from the scene, but not away from Jones.

Members of our football team have a responsibility to represent the University of Tennessee in a first-class manner. I met with John and Will and they understand their actions were unacceptable,” Jones said in a statement.

Tennessee plays at Kentucky this weekend, then it’s Southern Miss and then a trip to Missouri.

In our view, it would be a surprise if Jones doesn’t have Kelly back for the Missouri game.

 

Nick Saban’s not going to suspend Da’Shawn Hand

Alabama DE Da’Shawn Hand won’t be suspended by Nick Saban after his DUI arrest last weekend.

The fact that the junior was found asleep in the driver’s seat of his car by Tuscaloosa police – something that is counted as a DUI in the State of Alabama – but he was not driving may have saved his bacon on the suspension front.

Da’Shawn put himself in a bad situation, obviously made a mistake being where he was at the time,” Saban said. “But the fact that he didn’t drive the car, which is what we tell the players not to do — and it’s not OK that he was drinking, with me, and that’s a behavioral issue that needs to be addressed, and we will address it — but the fact that he didn’t drive the car and wasn’t driving the car and didn’t put other people at risk, which to me is the most significant thing when you drive under the influence — but he didn’t drive.

Hand still will face charges from the Tuscaloosa system on September 18th, but such is Saban’s influence in the town that you can expect them to be dropped fairly quickly.

Of course there is a massive argument for the fact that Da’Shawn had every intention of driving, bearing in mind that he was passed out (sorry – ‘asleep’) in the driver’s seat of his car. It’s not like he was in the passenger or backseat of his car. But fortunately for him, he’d had so much booze (and other stuff, which would surprise anyone who knows the lives of football players in Tuscaloosa) that he passed out before driving. He was probably going to take a little rest before driving intoxicated.

So in fact, Nick Saban is basically saying that drinking and driving is OK.

Just remember, this has NOTHING to do with the fact that Da’Shawn Hand is Nick Saban’s starting DEs, and a preseason all-SEC player, will you? Oh, and the fact this definitely has nothing to do with the fact that Alabama plays Florida State in the season opener in Atlanta.

Nope, nothing to see here.

 

 

Roll Tide Out? Top Alabama Player Arrested

Top Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson was arrested on felony weapons charges alongside teammate Laurence “Hootie” Jones” – a safety in the early hours of Tuesday morning, adding another name to what has been a horrible offseason for Nick Saban and his Alabama program.

6-6, 325lb junior Robinson and Jones were charged with possession of a stolen firearm, as well as misdemeanour drug possession and carrying a weapon in the presence of narcotics.

The incident happened after an officer approached a car containing Robinson and Jones. There was a smell of marijuana in the car and a handgun was spotted, and after a search of the car and other gun was found, ESPN reported.

“We are aware of the situation involving Hootie Jones and Cam Robinson and are in the process of gathering facts to determine what internal action needs to be taken,” said Saban in a statement.

Shockingly for an arrest involving handguns and ‘narcotics’, the bail bond was only set at $750.

SO WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW?

First of all: We don’t know what the handgun was. If it was a BB Gun, then it’s better than a Magnum .44. Was that the reason why the bond was so low at $750?

Secondly: How stupid do you want to be? You’re one year for playing for many, many millions in the NFL because you’re probably the best at your position. All you had to do one off-season was sit there and play FIFA or Madden. And do nothing else. No gasmasks, no visits from girls that you no idea what age they are, nothing. Hey, maybe you could get ahead on your studies and learn to, you know, read.

Thirdly: It will be an indictment of Saban – who only recently kicked off O-Lineman Charles Baldwin – if he keeps Robinson on the program. Guns and drugs are the sort of thing that would get ANY player booted off a team, right? Listen, he’s probably NOT going to get booted, but Alabama may well be without a starting tackle for 6 games. We’re sure Saban’s language wasn’t pretty when he heard about the incident. This will affect Alabama at the start of the season. Thank God they don’t start with an evil schedule.

Fourthly (And whisper this): Better weed than a crack pipe.

 

Hugh Freeze Press Conference: The best bits

Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze has got some good food recommendations, and some opinions about the confederate flag and suspended star Laremy Tunsil.

Here are his best SEC Media Day Quotes

ON LAREMY TUNSIL

“There’s very little to report. We obviously will cooperate fully with, whether it’s the NCAA process or the law enforcement process, we will cooperate fully with that. I’m very confident, like I said, in the way we do things and what we can control. I’m very confident in the person that Laremy Tunsil is too, and we look forward to that coming to a conclusion at whatever time is appropriate.”

ON AGENTS GETTING TO PLAYERS

“It is troublesome”

“I am a rookie….I’ve heard Coach Saban and Coach Miles and others say, guys, we’ve got an issue brewing with these kids and agents and things. So now I’m experiencing it, and it is very difficult to manage. You want your kids to be focused on the task at hand and the fact that you want them to understand that the only thing that can do anything for you right now is your resume that you’re going to put on the field. You hope that other professions that are trying to get to them would respect that, and some do. I don’t know that I have the exact answer, but it is a concern for sure that that can be a distraction for your kids. I know this. I don’t know if we can do anything more in educating them about the possible dangers and everything that could go on and where your focus needs to be right now and then come January after the Bowl game, you’ll have plenty of time to discuss exactly what is the right move for you at that time.”

ON DENSEL NKEMDICHE’S ANKLE

“He’s had a full recovery and was ready for Spring….so excited to have him back.”

ON THE MISSISSIPPI STATE/CONFEDERATE FLAG SITUATION

“I’m not a political figure, nor do I want to be. I’m sure our Governor and the legislation will hear from the people. But in the world to which I live in, if something that is creating ill will in any way towards someone, it’s difficult for me to support that. As far as comparing what the original meaning meant, I’m going to have to go study some and make sure I’m speaking out of knowledge as opposed to — I know the people that I grew up around, I did not see the — them using it in ill will toward anyone, but obviously, I was raised at a much later date. I do think that it’s been associated with people that have meant some harm and ill will.”

ON ROBERT NKEMDICHE AND RECRUITING

“I think everyone’s their own individual. Robert is a unique individual. One great thing, great quality about him is he’s a hard worker and loves to compete. So you don’t have to try to motivate him. He really never — yes, there’s a lot of noise around him that you wish wouldn’t be, but it never really stopped him from working toward his goals. He’s always, what can I do to be better? He needs to finish plays more. He’s phenomenal athletically and wins his one-on-ones. Yeah, you have to handle him a little bit differently, but a lot of it depends on the kid also. I’m not a fan of the way recruiting has gone right now and the social media, I think, kind of creates a false sense of really what’s real and what’s not to some young men. Sometimes that can affect them negatively.”

 

Saban blames NFL for Sugar Bowl defeat

Nick Saban, the Alabama head coach, isn’t blaming players for their lack of preparedness going into the 2014 College Football Play-Off semi-final loss to Ohio State.

He’s not blaming himself. Or his coaching staff. Nope. He’s blaming the NFL.

“I just felt like, in our experience last year, our team chemistry from the SEC Championship game to the playoff game was affected by something,” he said. “I think that to have a December 15th deadline from when a junior can submit for a draft grade and then you get that assessment back sometime right before or right after Christmas, and then you have a playoff game coming up on January 1st or 2nd, and I think it’s my obligation as a coach to inform that young man when I get that information because it’s his information, it’s not my information, to make him aware of that. And we’re talking about a young person who has to deal with a lot now. We had six guys in this situation this past year and 11 the year before. So we’re trying to get ready for a game, and all of a sudden, a guy finds out he’s a first round draft pick or a guy that thought he was a first round draft pick finds out he’s not a first round draft pick, and we’re trying to get ready to play a playoff game. I think that it would be better not to submit that information to a player until he was finished competing in college.”

In other words: If it wasn’t for the NFL we wouldn’t have lost the game against Ohio State.

Now, Saban’s probably got a point. The NFL might want to look at extending its deadline past January 15th. But then again, here’s my argument: Isn’t it a head coach’s job to get players’ minds in the game, and use the fact that they are going to the NFL as something to be excited about? Isn’t it a head coach’s job – in the same way as he’s used the fact that Alabama sends people to the NFL like crazy as a recruiting tool – to make sure his team’s playing at 100%. Just my thought.

Speaking of players, he added that Jay Coker – who’s a favorite to start when the season opens against Wisconsin – had been “outstanding” and “made a tremendous amount of improvement.” He added: “I think that a better understanding, better knowledge of the system, better knowledge of what we expect, what’s expected of him in our offense are all things that have contributed to his confidence and his performance level.”

Saban also addressed Alabama’s recent slew of domestic violence arrests, especially the one concerning defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor, who had been booted from Georgia for – you guessed it – domestic violence. “I do not regret giving players opportunities,” he said. “This is an opportunity that we gave a player that didn’t work, but in fairness to the player, he didn’t really get the kind of due process before he was judged as maybe he — as any person should. But it is what it is. We’ve all moved on. He was in zero tolerance, and therefore, we’ve moved on. We do not condone that kind of behavior in our program.” He added that because of the fact that domestic violence was such an “emotional issue” that the NCAA should be “creating as many opportunities to try to solve this problem and use this as an opportunity to try to solve this problem with young people, male and female alike, because this is an issue across the board with any emotional relationship. And I would be very supportive if, as a league or as an institution, we did some of those types of things so that we could better manage this in the future.”

 

 

 

 

Booted LSU DT says: “I’ll be back”

LSU’s dismissal of redshirt freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao on Monday night showed that Les Miles actually has some stones.

After his arrest for hitting a woman after she attempted to stop him battering her boyfriend, Miles immediately suspended the player – who had caused him disciplinary issues last year as well – and then dismissed him on Monday night.

Of course, there are worries about LSU’s depth, according to Bleacher Report. Lealaimatafao would have either seen time on the field or started for the Tigers, and now he’s gone, there are holes.

But there we go. LSU will be OK. Lealaimatafao’s next home may well be jail….unless his claims that it was racism that brought him into the bar fight in the first place stand up.

And he’s tweeted that he’ll return soon. “You know I’ll be back on the scene in a year or 2,” he said.

He won’t be returning to the SEC, that’s for sure.

LSU DT arrested for punching woman

LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao has been suspended by head coach Les Miles after being arrested for “simple battery and simple robbery”, the Advocate has reported.

The redshirt freshman was involved in a fight outside a Baton Rouge bar on Tuesday, where he dug through the pockets of a male victim after he and a group of other- unnamed- suspects, beat the man unconscious outside Reggie’s Bar on Tuesday.

Even if that wasn’t enough, Lealaimatafao then punched the victim’s girlfriend in the face with a closed fist as she tried to get in the way of the attack.

He has been remanded on $15,000 bail, but hasn’t yet left jail.

This is Lealaimatafao’s third off-the-field arrest, after he was arrested for stealing a bicycle and he also punched a gym window.

Lealaimatafao was ranked as the 55th-best player in Texas and the country’s 33rd-best defensive tackle by 24-7sports.com

THE LOW-DOWN: With any luck, Les Miles will throw Lealaimatafao off the team. Mind you, we said that about Jeremy Hill. 

 

Cyrus Jones charge dropped by Tuscaloosa Police

Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones has had his charges of third-degree domestic violence dropped by the Tuscaloosa Police Department, after it was found out that it was Jones himself who called the police to ‘deescalate’ the situation.

Jones was arrested for smashing his girlfriend’s cellphone on the floor and using threatening behavior.

 

Auburn DE suspended after theft arrest

Auburn defensive end Elijah Daniel has been suspended after being arrested for theft.

According to AL.com, Daniel’s arrest came after a month-long investigation into a sequence of robberies at the university, in which phones and various items of jewelry were taken.

Daniel, DeNorris James and Khalil Sellers face four charges of property theft and four burglary charges, which AL.com adds “includes six felonies”.

Daniel managed 24 tackles and 3.5 stats in 27 games for the Tigers.

Saban: Taylor will not be reinstated

Nick Saban, the head coach of Alabama, has said that Jonathan Taylor will not be reinstated in Tuscaloosa despite the defensive tackle’s girlfriend recanting her accusation of domestic violence on Saturday night.

That decision has already been made. He won’t be back with us,” Saban said in an interview with ESPN.com. The University added that Taylor won’t be to continue studies as a student in Tuscaloosa either. “Jonathan Taylor is no longer a student at The University of Alabama and is not eligible for readmission.

Taylor arrived on Alabama’s campus as an early enrolee to the team after spending a year in Mississippi at a junior college after being dismissed from the University of Georgia after being arrested for domestic violence.

He will appear in court in Athens, ESPN.com said, on two felony accounts of aggravated assault stemming from the incident at UGA.

AL.com was told by Taylor’s lawyer: “Obviously he concerned….He’s upset as anyone would be when they’ve been accused of doing something they didn’t do and the ramifications in light of his circumstances are huge. Not only has he been removed from the football team, he could be expelled from college, which would compromise his future. He could be prohibited from pursuing a professional career if he’s good enough to do that.

 

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