Back in January, the college football career of Tobias Singleton seemed to be in serious jeopardy before it even began. Singleton, a highly touted wide receiver who committed to Ole Miss at the US Army All-American Game, was arrested on January 25 on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence and felony mischief after a December incident involving an ex-girlfriend and some of Singleton's family members.
According to the police report, Singleton was accused of getting into a physical altercation with that ex-girlfriend, who was 16 at the time, and he was also accused of causing more than $3,300 of damage to the girl's car with his relatives' help. Singleton's lawyer painted a different picture, alleging that the girlfriend had instigated much of the incident, and that Singleton himself had taken steps to defuse the situation instead of escalate it.
At any rate, Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt continued to recruit Singleton throughout the legal ordeal, and Singleton signed with the Rebels on Signing Day with the rest of the school's recruits. Those criminal charges still threatened Ole Miss' ability to allow Singleton to stay on the team in good faith, however, which is why today's news is quite welcome down in Oxford today. Singleton's felony mischief charge has been dismissed, and his other charge may also disappear too:
A felony charge of malicious mischief against Mississippi football signee Tobias Singleton has been dismissed and a charge of misdemeanor simple domestic assault has been reduced to disturbing the peace.
Flora Municipal Court documents show that the malicious mischief charge was dismissed and a guilty plea of misdemeanor disturbing the peace could be wiped away as well if Singleton completes requirements by the court.
Those requirements likely include an anger management class and other court-related programs, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
Today's news may be a relief, but it's not necessarily a surprise. At a court appearance in late February, Singleton appeared assured that a deal like this would eventually be reached, confidently telling reporters as he left that Nutt told him "everything's good" and that the situation was "over with." He then told reporters, "Ole Miss, here I come, Hotty Toddy!" And indeed, as long as he takes care of his obligations, everything will be good for the talented wideout. One must imagine his leash with Nutt is shorter than usual for a while, though.