Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:11 pm

Georgia's Washaun Ealey reinstated

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this month Georgia suspended running back Washaun Ealey indefinitely. Ealey had been suspended from all team activities for failing to show up to a "punishment run" on February 8th, marking the second time in eight months that Ealey had been suspended. Amazingly, now that spring practice is right around the corner for the Bulldogs, Ealey has been reinstated.

Mark Richt made the announcement on Saturday afternoon that Ealey will be able to rejoin the team "in full standing."

“Over the past few weeks, Washaun has done the things we expect him to do, the things we expect all our players to do,” Richt said in a statement.  “He’s been doing things the Georgia way and will rejoin team activities Monday.”

Which makes sense, really. Yes, Ealey may have missed a punishment run, but I'm not sure that is enough to warrant suspending him through spring practice. It seems Richt was just trying to send a message to his running back, and it sounds like the message has been received.

After being suspended for the first game of the 2010 season for a hit-and-run accident, Ealey played in the rest of Georgia's games, finishing the year with 811 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:53 pm

Tennessee suspends Brent Brewer

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tennessee is losing safeties at an alarming rate. Last week Janzen Jackson withdrew from school -- though it's entirely possible he'll be back at Tennessee for the fall -- due to personal issues, and on Sunday word came down that Derek Dooley had suspended Brent Brewer from the team. Brewer was arrested over the weekend in a domestic dispute.

"Without knowing all the facts, any domestic incident warrants a suspension from all team-related activities until a thorough investigation is concluded," Dooley said in a statement. "We respect everyone's right to the legal process, but also acknowledge a greater standard of conduct associated with the privilege of being a member of the Tennessee football team."

Brewer was released on $1,500 bond Sunday.

Brewer did not begin his freshman season in Knoxville as a starter, but was inserted halfway through the season, starting alonside Jackson at safety. Now the Vols head into the 2011 season possibly having to replace both of their safeties.
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 6:06 pm

Virginia suspends three over rules violations

Posted by Adam Jacobi

With Signing Day having come and gone, college football fans can revel in the avalanche of good headlines for their chosen team: Player X to this team, Player Y to that team. It's fun. There's always one guy, however, who also starts showing up on various teams around this time of year, and his presence is much less welcome: Conduct Detrimental. Oh, he's a bad one, and he never runs out of eligibility. And unfortunately for Virginia fans, Conduct Detrimental just showed up in Charlottesville, and he's got a few friends on the team already:

Virginia Coach Mike London suspended three Cavaliers football players Tuesday for conduct detrimental to the team. Two of the suspended players -- junior linebacker Ausar Walcott and junior cornerback Devin Wallace -- were starters on last season's squad. The third player was junior center Mike Price.

Through a team spokesman, London declined a request to be interviewed to determine more precisely what led to the suspensions, as well as what the players must do to have their suspensions lifted.

If there's one good aspect of this suspension for the players, it's that it came in early February: suspensions generally don't last anywhere near seven months at a time, so odds are pretty good that all three players will be back in good standing well before the season kicks off. However, every day spent suspended is a day that someone else gets that player's role, and although most suspended starters work their way back atop the two-deeps, some don't, and it's way too early to tell if Walcott or Wallace can get back in London's good graces by the start of the 2011 season.

All because of Conduct Detrimental. That old scoundrel. 

Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: February 8, 2011 11:08 am

UGA tailback Washaun Ealey suspended

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When you're a starting running back whose team has just signed their highest-profile running back recruit in years and whose coach has already discussed naming said recruit the 2011 opening day starter, it's probably not the best idea to land in hot water with that coach before spring camp even opens. But that hasn't stopped Georgia junior tailback Washaun Ealey from finding himself suspended by Mark Richt for the second time in less than eight months.

With rumors swirling over the past 48 hours, reports this morning have confirmed that Ealey has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities. The suspension reportedly comes after Ealey failed to show for a "punishment run" last week, and Ealey has now confirmed the suspension to the Macon Telegraph's Seth Emerson:

As indicated, Ealey's future status with the team remains undetermined. After first his suspension last August following his arrest for a hit-and-run accident and driving with a suspended license, and then whatever violation of team rules led to the "punishment run" in the first place, it's highly possible Ealey has already run out of strikes.

If he hasn't, the Bulldogs will return their leading rusher of each of the past two seasons and boast one more sturdy (if not overly explosive) option in their efforts to take the pressure off of sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray. If he has, well, there's a reason Richt didn't even wait until after Signing Day lay out such high expectations for Isaiah Crowell, isn't there?

UPDATE: A Georgia official confirms that Ealey is still a member of the Bulldogs .
Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:09 pm

Iowa gives Adam Robinson the boot

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Iowa may have won the Insight Bowl against Missouri last week, just about all the news coming out of Iowa City over the last month has had to do with players getting busted with drugs.  There was Derrell Johnson-Koulianos running that drug house of his, and then, after he was already suspended for the bowl game, running back Adam Robinson got busted with marijuana in his car.

Well, it seems that, once again, pot is a gateway drug to Coker.  Or in this case, Marcus Coker.  I guess that seeing Coker rush for 219 yards and two touchdowns against Missouri was all Kirk Ferentz needed to make a decision on Robinson's future at Iowa.  That decision being that Robinson will no longer have a future at Iowa.

“Running Back Adam Robinson has been dismissed from The University of Iowa Football team,” said Ferentz in a typically verbose, and confusing statement.

Which means that the three running backs who began 2010 on top of the Iowa depth chart are no longer with the team.  Robinson follows Brandon Wegher and Jewel Hampton out the door.  Robinson was rather productive during his first two seasons with the Hawkeyes, too, rushing for 1,775 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first two seasons.
Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:31 am

Sugar Bowl pushed OSU to keep players eligible

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Tuesday the six Ohio State players who were suspended for five games next season sat down in front of the television cameras and assembled media and told they world they were sorry for what they'd done.  Of course, just because the Suspended Six took responsibility for their actions, that doesn't mean that the world will just forgive them, nor accept the punishment they've received.

In fact, plenty of college football fans have expressed anger about the fact that the players are all suspended for five games next season yet get to play in the Sugar Bowl.  There had been talk of the team and Jim Tressel benching the players in the game on its own, but it doesn't seem like that's going to happen.  Why? Well, because it's doubtful that Ohio State would sit those players for the Sugar Bowl after the Sugar Bowl spent so much time telling them to lobby as hard as they could to keep the players eligible for the game.

On Tuesday, after the apologies, Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan had no problem letting everybody know that he pressured Ohio State to fight as hard as it could to keep the players eligible for the game, and have the suspensions put off until next season.  Apparently Hoolahan first heard about the suspensions on December 7, a full two weeks before they became public.

"I made the point that anything that could be done to preserve the integrity of this year's game, we would greatly appreciate it," Hoolahan told The Columbus Dispatch. "That appeal did not fall on deaf ears, and I'm extremely excited about it, that the Buckeyes are coming in at full strength and with no dilution."

So, just in case you were wondering who really runs this sport, now you know.  Hoolahan also went on to say that while he understands why some Ohio State fans would want the players suspended for the bowl game, he "probably thinking of this from a selfish perspective."

I know, I'm shocked to hear that a bowl game would be thinking of itself and not the players, schools or fans too.
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:42 pm

OSU seniors consider benching suspended players

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There's been a bit of confusion and anger over the NCAA's decision to suspend six Ohio State players for five games next season for selling memorabilia and accepting discounted tattoos, but not to suspend them for the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.  Well, it seems there's still a chance that none of the suspended players will play in the Sugar Bowl, though it's not the NCAA's decision.

The team met for the first time since the suspension was announced on Sunday, and according to a report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the suspended players apologized to their teammates at the meeting.  According to the same report, the Ohio State seniors also got together to discuss whether or not they wanted the players suspended by the team for the bowl game as well.
According to sources, the suspended players are scheduled to travel with the team to New Orleans, but the final decision on what happens to quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, left tackle Mike Adams, backup defensive end Solomon Thomas and backup linebacker Jordan Whiting obviously lies with Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. One source said one scenario could include the sanctioned Buckeyes playing in the Sugar Bowl, but perhaps not starting.

If I had to guess, I don't think Tressel will sit any of the players for the Sugar Bowl.  If anything, he'll choose the option to not start them, though I don't even expect that to be the case.  Personally, while I understand why people are angry that none of the players were suspended for the bowl game, I tend to feel that suspending them for five games next season hurts Ohio State more than forcing them to sit out the Sugar Bowl would.

Let's be real, here, while the Sugar Bowl is a big deal, it doesn't actually mean anything in the big picture.  It's not like the winner of the game has a chance to be the national champion.  The only thing on the line in the game is Ohio State's pride as they face another SEC team in a BCS bowl game.

Suspending the players for next season, however, likely costs the Buckeyes a shot at a national title in 2011 and possibly a Big Ten title as well.  Even if players like Terrelle Pryor decide to leave school early rather than sit out nearly half the season, that still means the Buckeyes won't have them next year, which will have an impact on the team's performance.

Though, had the NCAA just decided to suspend the players for six games, including the bowl game, that would have kept everybody off its back, but since when does the NCAA ever do anything in which it doesn't leave itself open to criticism?
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