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Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:01 pm

Texas suspends Christian Scott for three games

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this month Texas safety Christian Scott was suspended indefinitely by the team after being arrested for assault. Scott assaulted Jeanne Somers Doyle while she was in the process of repossessing his car, dragging her from the vehicle and throwing her to the ground before speeding away in his car.

Scott pleaded no contest to the charges and has now been reinstated to the team, though he'll be forced to sit out the first three games of the season.

“We’re disappointed any time once of our players makes a poor decision, and Christian understands he made a mistake,” said head coach Mack Brown in a statement. “He has taken responsibility, is accepting the consequences of his actions and has returned to the team. He will be working with the scout team until he is eligible to play.”

Along with missing the team's first three games, Scott has been given two years of deferred adjudication. Which means that he could suffer some serious consequences should he be arrested again during the next two years. He's also been sentenced to 40 hours of community service, will have to attend a stress management course and pay restitution to Doyle and pay for court costs. 
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:47 pm

Stephen Garcia could be reinstated next week

Posted by Tom Fornelli

South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia has been suspended since April following an alcohol-fueled outburst at a life skills seminar, which was just the latest suspension for Garcia since he came to the school. With camp starting next week for the Gamecocks, though, it's not exactly a huge surprise to hear that Garcia could be reinstated to the team as soon as Monday.

Steve Spurrier said as much during a press conference on Thursday.

"Stephen Garcia has changed his lifestyle almost completely," Spurrier told the Post and Courier. "He's been on time, no goofing around. He's being very serious. He's showing a commitment we've never seen before.

"Now, hopefully that will continue. I expect it to continue."

As we've already gone over here on the blog, Garcia's presence for the Gamecocks this season is vital, as they're going to win the national championship.

Garcia's suspension wasn't the only one Spurrier addressed on Thursday, either. Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was suspended indefinitely earlier this week after he was arrested for urinating in public, and Spurrier said he could be reinstated in time for the start of camp on Wednesday.

So let's hope for a dry weekend in Columbia. 
Posted on: July 18, 2011 3:17 pm

USC suspends Marc Tyler for at least one game

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you missed it this weekend, USC running back Marc Tyler popped up on TMZ last week and made some comments that were bound to get him in trouble. Specifically he joked that USC pays its players, saying that Trojans make more money in school than they do in the pros. Well, in a move that should shock no one, Tyler has now been suspended by the Trojans for at least the season opener.

"I was very disappointed when I learned of Marc Tyler's inappropriate comments that were captured by the media last week," said Lane Kiffin in a statement. "That is not the way that we expect our players to represent USC and our team.

"I have consulted with athletic director Pat Haden and I am suspending Marc for our upcoming season opener and potentially further, and in the meantime I am also suspending him from all team activities.

"Although Marc may find this punishment severe, it is imperative we continue to have a high standard for player behavior.  Marc needs to work hard to show us that he can meet the standards of being a USC football player." 

Tyler released a statement as well.

"I want to apologize for embarrassing USC, my teammates and coaches," said Tyler. "I am disappointed that I let down all the people who have supported me as I have been working through some personal issues.  After meeting today with Mr. Haden and Coach Kiffin, I realize how my behavior and my statements, even though I was joking, can reflect poorly on so many people.  As a veteran player, I should know that my job is to be an example for the younger guys.  I accept my punishment and I regret that I will miss the opening game of my senior year.   I am committed to doing everything the right way so that I can be reinstated to the team."

USC opens the season against Minnesota on September 3rd. 

Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 12:37 pm

Georgia suspends Carlton Thomas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Georgia's depth chart at running back is quickly becoming the Bermuda Triangle of college football. It feels like name after name is disappearing. First it was Washaun Ealey and Caleb King, both of whom are no longer a part of Georgia's football team, and now Carlton Thomas will be taking at least a game off.

A report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that Thomas has been suspended for at least one game this season.

The rising junior from Frostproof, Fla., violated team rules back in the spring, three persons familiar with the situation confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As per Georgia Athletic Association student-athlete policy, Thomas has to sit out 10 percent of scheduled games this season.

“If we have any announcements regarding suspensions, they’ll be made at the appropriate time,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said, declining further comment.

This all means that for Georgia's season opener, the Bulldogs now have three running backs available to play. Two of them -- Isaiah Crowell and Ken Malcome -- have never played a down of college football. Then there's Richard Samuel, who does have playing experience, but unfortunately it's all been at linebacker as the Bulldogs just moved him to running back last week.

For a lot of football teams, being so short at running back in the first game of the season wouldn't be that big of a deal because most teams start their seasons against FCS schools or maybe a Sun Belt foe. That's not the case at Georgia, because the Bulldogs will open the season against Boise State at the Georgia Dome.

Of course, that game is still more than a month away, and who knows how many more running backs Georgia will lose by then? 

Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:18 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 10:48 pm

BB gun gets Iowa State RB suspended

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's a tale as old as time. Football coaches and others in authority positions are always making sure to let their players know that nothing good ever happens at 3 a.m. -- which is true for the most part. You never see a story in the newspaper with the headline "Running back saves 15 toddlers from a flaming schoolbus at 3 a.m." It's always somebody getting arrested.

Odds which only increase when you add a BB gun to the equation and decide to start shooting things around campus. Which is what Iowa State RB DeVondrick Nealy was arrested for on Sunday morning and charged with harassment of a public official, according to Now the university has announced Nealy is suspended indefinitely from the team.

An officer was summoned to the corner of Stange Road and Pammel Drive at 2:39 a.m. because a group was carrying a weapon and shooting things on campus, according to a police report.

Nealy was told to get and stay on the ground by an officer, but when the officer went to assist a fellow policeman Nealy got up and started walking north on Stange. A BB gun was found on Nealy.

Well, at least it wasn't a real gun.

Nealy is an incoming freshman and is part of Iowa State's latest recruiting class. He rushed for 2,743 yards and 39 touchdowns as a high school senior at Jefferson County in Monticello, Florida last season. He's the second running back to be suspended at Iowa State in the last week, as the school suspended Duran Hollis after he was charged with possession of a controlled substance. 

Posted on: June 17, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: June 17, 2011 12:08 pm

Iowa State suspends Duran Hollis

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa State has suspended redshirt freshman running back Duran Hollis, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance on Monday. According to athletic department spokesman Tom Kroeschell, Hollis has been "suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules." Apparently getting caught with a controlled substance does not comply with the rules Paul Rhoads has put in place in Ames. Who knew?

Hollis did not play in 2010, and while there's no word on when or if he'll be reinstated, it isn't clear how much playing time he's going to receive in 2011. Iowa State's leading rusher in 2010, Alexander Robinson, has left, but the Cyclones had a couple of other young backs behind him in Shontrelle Johnson and Jeff Woody.

That duo combined for 409 yards and three touchdowns on 82 carries last season. 

Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:21 pm

Clemson suspends Joe Craig indefinitely

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Saturday we told you about Clemson wide receiver Joe Craig and his altercation with track teammate Marlena Wesh. To recap, Craig showed up at Welsh's dorm room with a silver towel rod, where he then hit Welsh multiple times with the towel road according to the police report. Wesh, in return, apparently cut Craig's arm with a razor blade. Neither party decided to press charges, but Craig was suspended from the track team. If Craig was planning on spending his free time working out with the football team, he's now going to have to make new plans.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced on Tuesday that, due to the incident, Craig has been suspended indefinitely from the football team.

“Joe Craig has been suspended from the football team for the summer workout period,” Swinney said in a statement. “Because this is a serious on-campus student issue, there is a process that he will have to go through from a university standpoint. I respect the process and will fully support whatever the university decides to do.

“We will react from a football standpoint after that process has run its course, but I cannot comment any further at this time on the details of this specific issue.” 

Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:44 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The status of South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia has been unclear for the last few months. After being suspended for the umpteenth time -- give or take an umpteen -- this spring, there had been some questions about whether or not Garcia had run out of chances in Columbia. Well, for the last few weeks, the signs have been that Garcia would be returning to the Gamecocks for the 2011 season. On Thursday head coach Steve Spurrier gave perhaps the biggest indication of what will happen with Garcia this fall, as the Ol' Ball Coach said that his quarterback has "changed."

"It seems like he's changed his ways," Spurrier told The Post and Courier. "I hope the university lets him back on the team." 

Spurrier also went on to say that Garcia "should" get a partial reinstatement as early as next week that would allow him to workout with the team, though it would not guarantee that he'll be cleared to play in the fall. Still, the fact that Spurrier seems to be on his side can only help Garcia's chances as Spurrier along with school president Harris Pastides and athletic director Eric Hyman will have the ultimate say in Garcia's fate.

Garcia still has a list of requirements that the school wants to see him complete and maintain, and he also has receive clearance from medical professionals who oversee Garcia's involvement in an alcohol abuse program. So it seems that as long as Garcia doesn't step out of line or cause more trouble at South Carolina, he'll be playing football again this fall.

That being said, this is still Stephen Garcia, and given his history of behavior since coming to South Carolina, you can't just assume he's going to be a perfect citizen. 

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