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Posted on: October 12, 2010 1:01 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 1:01 pm
 

It's time to practice for Chris Rainey

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Florida wide receiver Chris Rainey hasn't been with the team since his arrest following a threatening text to a woman he used to date.  Rainey has since reached a settlement in the case, but had not returned to practice.

That has changed.

Rainey is back practicing with the Gators though he is yet to be fully reinstated to the team.  According to Urban Meyer, Rainey will have to meet certain conditions -- which the coach wouldn't state -- before he's allowed to play again for the Gators.  He will not be allowed to play for the team's game against Mississippi State this weekend.

“Chris Rainey is working towards being part of our football team again,” Meyer said in a statement. “I’m disappointed that he violated a core value of our program, but he continues to pay a price for his actions. Chris will have to meet a set of conditions to become a part of our team again and although he is practicing, he will not play this weekend. The timetable for his return will depend on his ability to follow the guidelines we have laid out for him.”

No word on whether Meyer informed Rainey through a text message saying "time to practice."

Rainey also released a statement on Tuesday morning, the first time he's spoken publicly since his arrest.

“I am embarrassed and sorry for my actions and I apologize to everyone that I affected by my behavior,” said Rainey. “I’m working towards being a part of the Florida football program again and I realize that representing this University is a privilege. I have spent the last several weeks reflecting on my actions and realized that is not who I want to be.”

The Mississippi State game will be the fifth game Rainey misses thanks to his arrest, and while we can't know for sure when he'll be back, considering that Florida has a bye next week before facing Georgia on October 30, I'd bet that's the game Rainey makes his return.

Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:59 am
Edited on: October 12, 2010 11:00 am
 

Two Washington State players busted growing pot

Posted by Tom Fornelli

College kids and pot, they go together like cheese and crackers.  Like Lindsay Lohan and a bottle of vodka.  You can find marijuana just about anywhere on a college campus, and if you live on a campus, and are of a business-oriented mind, you might see the potential to make some money via the demon weed.  Which is exactly what a couple of Washington State players and their two roommates were up to.

Unfortunately business tends to come to a screeching halt when the police come through your door and find 38 marijuana plants growing inside your house (38! ).  Pullman police showed up at the rented house of redshirt linebacker Jamal Atofau and Andre Barrington with a completely unrelated search warrant when they found the horticulture project the players and their two roommates were involved in.

"We're in a college town, it's not that unusual to find five or six plants growing in somebody's individual bedroom," said police spokesman Chris Tennant. "Thirty-eight plants in a residence is quite a big deal for us."

All four of the entrepenuers were booked and released on their own recognizance, and charged with a violation of the uniform controlled substance act. The severity of the charges they'll end up facing is yet to be determined, as it depends on the weight of the weed that was siezed, and the police are waiting for the pot to dry before figuring that out.

Washington State coach Paul Wulff has suspended Atofau indefinitely, though a suspension for Barrington isn't necessary since he's academically ineligible and hasn't been practicing with the team this year.  Which left him with plenty of time to water his plants, I'm sure.

Hat tip to CFT

Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:32 am
 

Buffalo linebacker stabbed in bar fight

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Buffalo linebacker Scott Pettigrew spent his Sunday morning in an emergency room following an incident at a bar in Buffalo.  The linebacker, who is sidelined this season thanks to surgery on his knee, was out with teammates early Sunday morning when he bumped into a group of guys inside a crowded bar. 

Apparently they didn't appreciate it very much because one of them ended up stabbing Pettigrew in the chest.   Pettigrew was taken to the Erie County Medical Center emergency room where he was treated and later released.

"Scott is blessed he wasn't hurt more seriously. He is very fortunate, and we are thankful for the quick and immediate assistance from Buffalo's emergency responders," said Bulls head coach Jeff Quinn. "Scott has been in touch with his family, and it appears he will be fine and will not have any lasting effects."

All three of the men involved in the original fight were arrested and charged with gang assault, while one was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:23 am
 

Caleb King jailed on Monday morning

Postedy by Tom Fornelli

Mark Richt woke up on Sunday morning with a smile on his face.  The sun was brighter, the flowers smelled better and his breakfast was tastier than it had been in months.  He finally had a victory to celebrate and got to spend a day not worrying if his team's latest loss would cost him his job.

He got a whole 24 hours to be happy. 

Then on Monday morning he found out that his running back Caleb King was in jail for failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket.  King was pulled over for doing 76 mph in a 55 mph zone on June 20, and had a court date for the ticket on August 6.  Which, obviously, he didn't show up for and had a warrant issued for his arrest.

"I was hoping that someone would pay his bond up there in Clarke County and we wouldn't even have to pick him up," said Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman early Monday morning. "But as of right now, no one has paid it, so I've got a deputy en route to pick him up."

According to a Georgia spokesman, Mark Richt is aware of King's arrest and is "continuing to gather information."  King is the eleventh Georgia football player to be arrested since March, and though speeding isn't exactly a terrible crime, it's not something Richt wants to deal with at the moment either.

King has rushed for 228 yards and a touchdown for Georgia this season.
Posted on: October 4, 2010 12:54 pm
 

Mizzou DL busted with beer in car

Posted by Tom Fornelli

You should never drink and drive.  Seriously, it's just not smart.  You could end up hurting yourself or anybody who happens to come across your hazy path.  Of course, I know that saying that isn't going to stop people from driving drunk because let's face it, when we're drunk, we make dumb decisions.

So if you are going to drive drunk, here's a little bit of advice.  If you end up getting pulled over by the police, try not to have an open beer in your car with you.  It just looks bad.

Missouri defensive lineman Jimmy Burge was cited for drinking a beer while driving Saturday night in Columbia. Burge, 21, the Tigers’ top reserve defensive tackle, was pulled over by Columbia police at 11:45 p.m. after he made an illegal left turn from Clark Lane to Paris Road. He appeared intoxicated and smelled of alcohol, according to the police report.

An open cold beer was found in his truck, and according to the report, Burge did not perform well when administered a field sobriety test. There were no passengers in his truck.

Was the beer at least wearing a seat belt?

Burge was taken to the Columbia Police Department where he took a blood-alcohol content test and was actually found to be below the legal limit.  So instead of getting a DUI Burge was charged for two misdemeanors: drinking intoxicants while driving and making an illegal turn.  It doesn't seem he'll be so lucky with his head coach, Gary Pinkel, though. 

While the team hasn't announced any disciplinary actions resulting from Burge's arrest, he is the team's backup defensive tackle, but as of Monday morning he does not appear on the team's depth chart for this week.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:02 pm
 

SMU player accused of sexually assaulting child

Posted by Tom Fornelli

According to the Dallas Morning News, SMU sophomore linebacker Brandon Henderson was arrested in Dallas on Thursday night and is being accused of sexually assaulting a child.  The 20-year old Henderson is currently being held on $50,000 bail at the Dallas County Jail and is awaiting a transfer to the Taylor County Jail.

SMU has declined to comment on the arrest, and June Jones wouldn't comment on whether or not Henderson has been suspended from the team, though considering what he's been arrested for, it's hard to believe he won't receive some kind of punishment.

It's important to note, however, that the age of the child that Henderson allegedly assaulted has not been released, nor has any information on when the alleged incident took place.  So I wouldn't go roasting Henderson over an open fire until we learn more details about what allegedly took place.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:42 pm
 

Alabama men busted for selling fake tickets

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It wasn't easy to get a ticket to Razorback Stadium to see Arkansas and Alabama on Saturday as there wasn't a seat in the house available thanks to a sell out.  However, that didn't stop some optimistic fans from heading to the stadium with hopes of picking up a few tickets from a scalper outside.  Some were successful, other weren't. 

Then there were those who were successful but later found out that they weren't.

Two Alabama men are facing fraud charges, after allegedly scalping counterfeit tickets at Saturday's Razorback football game at the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.

Police arrested Jermaun Woods, 25, and Josephus Hawkins, 41, both of Birmingham, AL. Victims say the two men were scalping counterfeit tickets for hundreds of dollars each. The two men were arrested with more than $2,000 in cash on them.

The victims pointed out the people who sold them the tickets to police and they were arrested, and now they hope they can keep other people from being deceived.

There were several reports of ticket fraud at Razorback Stadium on Saturday and the local police believe there were plenty of other victims out there who haven't come forward yet, though they'd like them to.

As for the tickets Woods and Hawkins were selling, they looked real enough except for one minor but very important factor.  The sections and seat numbers listed on the tickets don't actually exist, which makes it extra hard to find your seat.
Posted on: September 27, 2010 12:47 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 1:27 pm
 

Chris Rainey reaches settlement in stalking case

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Florida wide receiver Chris Rainey is not going to face felony charges following his arrest for aggravated stalking after sending threatening text messages to a former girlfriend two weeks ago.  A settlement has been reached that will have the charges against Rainey reduced to a misdemeanor.

Gainesville state's attorney Bill Cervone said that the reason they decided to reduce the charges and not pursue the felony is that while he feels they have enough to warrant the felony charges, the fact that Rainey was never in a position to act on them, and has no history to suggest he would act on them, made the misdemeanor stalking charges more "appropriate."

As for what Rainey now faces, Cervone continued.

"I am not going to consider any request that the case be dropped in its entirety," said Cervone.  "Because I am concerned when young people act in this way and believe that we should intervene at least to the point of forcing a cooling off period and some professional counseling on anger management and related coping skills.

"As a result, the case is being re-cast as a misdemeanor stalking offense, which as a matter of law more closely reflects the facts involved. Since the Defendant has no prior criminal history other than an unrelated drivers license charge that was resolved with no conviction, he will be treated as any first offender would in similar circumstances and offered a deferral agreement. The terms of that agreement have been crafted to address the concerns of my office and, if complied with, will allow the Defendant and everyone else involved to move on."

As for what this means for Rainey's future with the Gators, nobody is quite sure.  Urban Meyer keeps saying that Rainey is "not a part of the team" but then keeps answering questions about whether or not he'll be available to play this week -- and Meyer says Rainey won't be playing against Alabama.   It'd be nice if Meyer and the school could just come out and say what Rainey's status is.

Has he been booted from the team, as the AP report suggests , or has he just been suspended?





 
 
 
 
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