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Tag:Jimmy Burge
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 1:09 pm

Pair of players arrested in Big 12 North

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With the 2010 season well behind us but spring camps still weeks away, it's prime season for offseason malfeasance and player arrests, as two players in the former Big 12 North have illustrated.

One is Missouri junior defensive tackle Jimmy Burge, who was arrested near Columbia Jan. 17 after several items of marijuana-related paraphernalia were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop. The arrest is Burge's second in less than four months after being cited in October for drinking while driving.

Burge was suspended for two games following that incident. A Missouri official said that "any discipline measures will be handled internally" in this case. Burge started six games a year ago and would be expected to hold onto that position this fall for the Tigers, assuming he remains with the team.

Perhaps on even thinner ice is Iowa State linebacker Matt Tau'fo'ou, who was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday morning and charged with drunken driving after a blood-alcohol test. He has been suspended indefinitely by ISU head coach Paul Rhoads "for failing to comply with team expectations and policies."

As with Burge, the run-in with the law is the second for Tau'fo'ou during his stay in Ames; he was also charged with fifth-degree misdemeanor theft in September 2009 after reportedly taking a piece of computer equipment from an ISU bookstore. The transfer from the College of San Mateo started two games in 2010 and made 20 tackles.

With the North dissolved and the Tigers and Cyclones tossed back into the mix with Oklahoma and Texas, no doubt this is a critical offseason for both programs ... and no doubt Gary Pinkel and Rhoads will hope this is as noisy as that offseason gets.

HT: DocSat.

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.
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