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Posted on: February 13, 2011 2:21 pm

Wazzu corner arrested for laptop theft

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I suppose college football players have received some mixed messages about stealing laptops over the last couple of years. In one case you had Jeremiah Masoli, who was then kicked out of Oregon and missed out on a national title shot while toiling at Ole Miss last season. Then there was Cam Newton, who had to leave Florida, but wound up winning a title at Auburn.

So I can see why there would be some confusion. Still, at the end of the day, stealing is wrong and the only thing we know for sure about pilfering somebody else's laptop is that it's going to get you booted from your team. The latest to possibly suffer such a fate is Washington State cornerback Tracy Clark.
A freshman Washington State University football player has been arrested and suspended from the Cougar football team for allegedly stealing a laptop on campus.
19-year-old Tracy Clark, originally of Pittsburg, California was arrested by WSU police this week. Officers say Clark stole an $1,100 laptop from an open dorm room in Streit Hall on January 29.
They were able to identify Clark as the suspect by tracking his internet use on the computer.
Clark redshirted in 2010, and depending on how this legal matter goes, he may not play a down of football for Washington State in 2011 either.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:54 pm

Virginia trio arrested on several assault charges

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The suspension of three Virginia players -- Ausar Walcott, Devin Wallace, and Mike Price -- is a mystery no longer. While head coach Mike London declined to provide any details on the players' punishment yesterday, the Harrisonburg Police dutifully stepped in to fill the gaps this afternoon, announcing that the trio was arrested on several assault charges:

Redshirt sophomore linebacker Ausar Walcott, sophomore cornerback Devin Wallace and sophomore center Mike Price each face three misdemeanor charges of assault and battery by mob and one felony charge of burglary-entering a dwelling with the intent to commit an assault. The charges stem from an incident that occured Jan. 30. The three players were arrested Tuesday.

The incident involving the three players took place at 1:34 a.m., according to a statement released Wednesday afternoon by the Harrisonburg Police Department. A verbal altercation outside an off-campus apartment complex in the 800 block of Port Republic Road preceded the players entering an apartment and allegedly assaulting three male victims. The three victims claimed they did not know the Virginia football players, the statement said.

Two of the three victims were taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The statement said those two victims have since been released from the hospital.

The litany of charges netted Virginia 18 points in the EDSBS Fulmer Cup, which "rewards" teams for their off-season legal woes; most teams don't get to 18 points for the entire off-season, so even in the context of "other college football teams have players arrested too," this is a major embarrassment for Virginia and its athletic department.

Now, there's probably more to this story, as three football players don't just run off to a nearby campus, break into a random apartment, and beat up three strangers for fun. That's just not a thing that happens. What's extremely unlikely to come out of this is a valid excuse for the players' behavior, however, and their ability to rejoin the team is probably in serious jeopardy at the moment.

Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:39 pm

Kansas WR Chris Omigie busted for DUI

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It had been a few days since we had our last college football player break the law, an offseason tradition, but Kansas wide receiver Chris Omigie has restored order to the world. Omigie was picked up for a DUI early on Saturday morning. He was stopped by a Kansas public safety answer, and the 19-year old receiver posted $500 bond later in the day and given a February 16 court date.

The school knows of the arrest, but if there is going to be any punishment for Omigie's arrest, the school hasn't said what it will be yet.

“He is still a member of our team. Coach (Turner) Gill will handle the discipline internally,” associate AD Jim Marchiony told the Lawrence Journal-World.

Omigie played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman for the Jayhawks in 2010, catching 7 passes for 73 yards.
Posted on: February 3, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 3:09 pm

No felony charges filed against Mitch Mustain

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Amidst all the recruiting news on Wednesday, a story broke out of Los Angeles that former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain had been arrested for suspicion of selling prescription drugs. Mustain had been busted in a sting trying to sell adderall online. Fortunately for Mustain, he's a shady salesman. You see, it wasn't really adderall that he was selling, but something he was trying to pass off as adderall.

Mustain's dishonesty is what kept Mustain from having felony charges filed against him in the case. Turns out that what Mustain was trying to sell was lisdexamfetamine dimesylate which is not a controlled substance. So Mustain's case has been passed on to the city attorney, whom will then decide whether or not to charge Mustain with a misdemeanor.

Mustain could have still been charged with a felony for trying to pass the substance off as a controlled substance, but since this is his first offense it was decided to send it to the city attorney, which is par for the course in Los Angeles County.

Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate is like adderall in that it is an amphetamine, but it contains less dextroamphetamine in it, so I guess the narcotic benefits aren't nearly as strong for those kids using it recreationally. 
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:43 am
Edited on: February 3, 2011 12:15 pm

UNC's Blue arrested for DWI

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Now that National Signing Day has passed, we can all get back to College Players Getting In Trouble With The Law Season. Today we turn our attention to North Carolina sophomore running back A.J. Blue, who was arrested on Sunday morning. Blue was charged with driving while impaired, driving with an open container of alcohol and failure to maintain lane control.

As we all know, with any running back, lane control is vital to success. Pick the wrong lane and a 15-yard gain can become a 2-yard loss.

According to police, Blue's blood alcohol level was found to be 0.12. His court date is set for March 7.

Blue did let the team know of his arrest, and team spokesman Kevin Best said that any discipline will be handled internally. Blue played in six games for the Tar Heels in 2009, but missed the rest of the season after tearing his MCL, PCL and ACL.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:47 pm

Mitch Mustain arrested for selling drugs

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Remember when Mitch Mustain was supposed to have a great career at Arkansas? Well, things never quite worked out that way as he would eventually transfer to USC where he'd spend the rest of his college days backing up Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley. So now that his college football days are over, and the NFL doesn't really seem to be in the works, Mustain needs to find a way to make money.

Though if he could find a way to do so legally I'm sure the police wouldn't mind. They probably don't feel like arresting him on suspicion that he's been selling prescription drugs.
Former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain is free on bail after being arrested on suspicion of selling prescription narcotics, police said Wednesday.
Mustain, 22, was arrested Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. and was booked on the felony charge at the West Valley-area station, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials. Mustain was released after posting $30,000 bail.
The arrest came as the result of a sting operation, but police did not elaborate on details of the case.
You can see Mustain's official booking information here.

Mustain is still scheduled to work out as part of USC's "pro day" in March, but you have to figure this arrest may put a damper on his draft stock. Mustain is also the second former Trojan to be arrested this week, as former Trojan Everson Griffin was arrested and tasered by police on suspected battery charges.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 3:14 pm

OSU recruit arrested for allegedly fondling girls

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well this isn't the news that a football coach wants to hear on national signing day. Incoming Ohio State recruit Chris Carter was arrested for fondling as many as eight girls on Tuesday. Yes, you read that right. Carter allegedly was pretending to measure these girls for their ROTC uniforms.
Cleveland Police said a 15-year-old girl told officers that Carter took her out of her classroom and into a room behind the JFK auditorium and told her he needed to measure her for the uniform.
"Once inside the room, (Carter) asked the victim to take off her sweatshirt and shirt so he could take her measurements," the police report said. "He cut off the lights. . . and stated 'I need you to take your bra off.' The arrested male than put his arms under her arms from behind and attempted to pull her bra up."
The girl told police she refused to cooperate and left the room.
Carter admitted to police that he employed this ruse with a number of other girls, even handing over a notebook in which he kept track of the girls' measurements. According to the police, Carter pulled one girl out of the hallway and into a separate room to measure her, having her undress down to nothing but her panties before measuring her.

Carter is an offensive lineman who committed to Ohio State, though the school is yet to comment publicly on his arrest or what it may mean for his scholarship.

More Signing Day coverage is here  at CBS. 
Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:46 pm

Purdue's Cortez Smith suspected of battery

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's a good thing Purdue wide receiver Cortez Smith finished his senior season in 2010, because if he had any eligibility left, there's a strong chance he'd find himself on the bench for a few games next season. Smith was arrested on suspicion of battery on January 26 after allegedly punching a man in the face outside a bar in West Lafayette on January 21.

According to witness reports, Smith had been involved in an argument with a man outside of Brothers Bar and Grill, when Wabash College student Charles Kelly tried to intervene and calm things down. Kelly was then thanked by Smith with a punch to the face. A punch that left Kelly with some facial fractures.

"According to everyone else, (Kelly) was not aggressive and never touched Cortez," said West Lafayette detective Troy Harris. "We're not sure of the exact exchange of words or what was said.  We do know that Cortez punched him in the face once. The facial fractures were the result of that one punch."

Smith was released from jail on a $5,000 surety bond. Charges have not been filed as of now, but that's because the county prosecutor is still reviewing the case. Also, the severity of Kelly's injuries will have a say in what charges are filed, if any. Batter causing bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor in Indiana, but battery causing serious bodily injury is a Class C felony. I don't know about you, but I'd consider "facial fractures" to be a serious bodily injury.
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