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Posted on: February 3, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 3:09 pm
 

No felony charges filed against Mitch Mustain

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Amidst all the recruiting news on Wednesday, a story broke out of Los Angeles that former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain had been arrested for suspicion of selling prescription drugs. Mustain had been busted in a sting trying to sell adderall online. Fortunately for Mustain, he's a shady salesman. You see, it wasn't really adderall that he was selling, but something he was trying to pass off as adderall.

Mustain's dishonesty is what kept Mustain from having felony charges filed against him in the case. Turns out that what Mustain was trying to sell was lisdexamfetamine dimesylate which is not a controlled substance. So Mustain's case has been passed on to the city attorney, whom will then decide whether or not to charge Mustain with a misdemeanor.

Mustain could have still been charged with a felony for trying to pass the substance off as a controlled substance, but since this is his first offense it was decided to send it to the city attorney, which is par for the course in Los Angeles County.

Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate is like adderall in that it is an amphetamine, but it contains less dextroamphetamine in it, so I guess the narcotic benefits aren't nearly as strong for those kids using it recreationally. 
Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Mitch Mustain arrested for selling drugs

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Remember when Mitch Mustain was supposed to have a great career at Arkansas? Well, things never quite worked out that way as he would eventually transfer to USC where he'd spend the rest of his college days backing up Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley. So now that his college football days are over, and the NFL doesn't really seem to be in the works, Mustain needs to find a way to make money.

Though if he could find a way to do so legally I'm sure the police wouldn't mind. They probably don't feel like arresting him on suspicion that he's been selling prescription drugs.
Former USC quarterback Mitch Mustain is free on bail after being arrested on suspicion of selling prescription narcotics, police said Wednesday.
Mustain, 22, was arrested Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. and was booked on the felony charge at the West Valley-area station, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials. Mustain was released after posting $30,000 bail.
The arrest came as the result of a sting operation, but police did not elaborate on details of the case.
You can see Mustain's official booking information here.

Mustain is still scheduled to work out as part of USC's "pro day" in March, but you have to figure this arrest may put a damper on his draft stock. Mustain is also the second former Trojan to be arrested this week, as former Trojan Everson Griffin was arrested and tasered by police on suspected battery charges.
Posted on: January 31, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Big 12, non-AQs lead the way in JUCO signees

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Certainly no team got more attention for going to the junior college well this year than Auburn, who rode their famous pair of JUCO transfers -- Cam Newton and Nick Fairley, arguably the best offensive and defensive players in the country, respectively -- to a perfect record and national title. The Tigers started former JUCOs at linebacker (Eltoro Freeman), cornerback (Demond Washington) and right tackle (Brandon Mosley) as well, as clear an example as you could get as to why major programs aren't going to stop looking at immediate JUCO help anytime soon.

But if a program like Auburn might sign the most influential JUCOs, which ones sign the most, period? That's the question asked and answered by this study by Jon Solomon at the Birmingham News , which tallied up every community college transfer signed in FBS football over the past four recruiting classes (give or take one or two here or there). Solomon found that the three conferences collectively bringing in the most JUCOs were all non-AQ leagues: the WAC at 17.2 signees per team per four years, the Sun Belt at 15.0 per team per four years, and Conference USA at 14.8.

At the BCS level, the Big 12 (13.8 per team per four years) is far and away the leader in JUCO signees, with the Pac-10 coming in runners-up (despite the SEC's JUCO-friendly reputation) at 11.6. (The addition of Utah won't help the future Pac-12's numbers, either; the Utes led the Mountain West in JUCOs with 22 over the four-year period studied.)

Why the Big 12? Though eight of the conference's teams finished in double digits, the runaway leader was -- you guessed it -- Kansas State, the notoriously JUCO-dependent program that lived up to every inch of its reputation by signing an FBS-most 39 junior college players from 2007-2010. Non-AQ teams took the next five slots as Memphis (35), UAB (34), Hawaii (31), Troy (29), and New Mexico State (28) were the only other schoosl to top 28 or more. The closest BCS conference team was Iowa State, with 26.

So does JUCO signing work? On the one hand, the success of teams like Hawaii and Troy -- not to mention Auburn and Oregon, who with 17 JUCOs in the four-year period actually took on seven more than their national title game opponent -- would suggest that taking on the right kind of two-year players can pay handsome dividends. The ongoing struggles of Memphis, UAB, and Bill Snyder's Wildcats -- who have gone just 12-20 in the Big 12 in this span -- would suggest, though, that it's not at all a sure quick-fix.


Posted on: January 31, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Arizona St. safety Abreu suspended after arrest

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

After a rocky, bowlless 6-6 season, this can't be how Dennis Erickson wanted Arizona State's offseason to begin :
Redshirt freshman safety Ramon Abreu has been suspended indefinitely from the football program at Arizona State following his arrest for felony sexual conduct with a minor, ASUDevils.com has learned.

The alleged incident(s) took place while Abreu was an 18-year-old high school senior at Marcos de Niza in Tempe and involved a 14-year-old freshman at the school.
Per the linked report, Arizona State had not been made aware of the arrest when Abreu signed with the Sun Devils last January (a situation that, if true, could make recruiting relations strained between the program and Abreu's high school). There is no word on when Abreu's suspension might be lifted, if it will be at all.

But where Abreu is concerned, given that his charges constitute a Class 2 felony "punishable by up to five years in prison," he's got much, much bigger problems than football right now. And as for the Sun Devils, it's just one more headache for a program that doesn't need any more than they've already got.

Posted on: January 26, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Texas A&M has "many questions" about UT network

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The recently-unveiled "Longhorn Network" hasn't even started broadcasting yet, but it's already provided Texas with plenty of benefits: a contract with ESPN worth millions upon millions of dollars, a high level of "buzz" regarding what the finished product will look like (and what kind of benefits it might offer down the road), and -- unsurprisingly -- an awful lot of ticked-off Texas A&M Aggies down the road in College Station.

At least, we're assuming that's how most Aggies feel about their archrivals' latest venture, considering that Aggie athletic director Bill Byrne made clear yesterday that he is -- to put it politely -- not a fan. He's asked for the NCAA to have a look-see:
"I can't speak for the NCAA, but I would imagine the governing body will look into the use of a collegiate television network airing games of prospective student-athletes," Byrne said in a statement. "I understand networks such as FSN and ESPN airing high school sports, but whether or not employees under contract with a university that may have additional contact would seem to be an issue" ...

"There are many questions regarding this new contract that will be discussed at length here at Texas A&M and within the Big 12 Conference, as well as with our television partners."
An NCAA official contacted by CBS said that without the "particulars of the specific arrangement with the network," they could not determine whether high school games airing on the Longhorn Network would violate NCAA regulations or not.

But even aside from that issue, "many questions ... that will be discussed at length" is A.D.-speak for "dude, we are seriously not pleased with this." Byrne's not the first A&M-affiliated official to express his misgivings about the Longhorns striking up their own TV deal, either; a "prominent Aggie" who spoke with the Austin-American Statesman's Kirk Bohls last week suggested that A&M could try to arrange its "own deal" with the television powers-that-be, or even rally the league's other eight non-Texas schools into an "Everybody But the Longhorns Network."

However you slice it, the natural rivalry between the two schools appears to have grown into a legitimate administrative rift, and one that's showing no signs of closing any time soon. When the Pac-12 and (according to some) SEC came calling last summer, A&M nonetheless elected to follow their in-state brethren's lead and remain in the streamlined, wobbly-looking, title game-less, 'Horn-dominated Big 12 . If the Longhorn Network proves to be as beneficial to Texas's bottom line and on-field product as Byrne and the rest of A&M are clearly worried it will be, the Aggies may decide their best interests dictate a different course of action next time around.

Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:08 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Super Bowl rosters, broken down by conference

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Are you an NFL general manager or other team executive? Would you like your team to win its conference and go to the Super Bowl? You, sir, clearly need to start drafting players out of the conference where the real talent is: the mighty MAC.

That's the curious lesson imparted by the active rosters of this year's two Super Bowl participants, as the MAC is more heavily represented among thosee 106 players than any conference aside from the SEC and Big Ten. The complete breakdown of players' conference affiliation is as follows, per the active rosters of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers available here and here , respectively:
SEC: 18 (Steelers: R. Clark, R. Foster, A. Madison, Ma. Pouncey, C. Scott, M. Wallace, H. Ward; Packers: C. Clifton, M. Flynn, B. Goode, H. Green, Q. Johnson, D. Lee, P. Lee, T. Masthay, C. Peprah, S. Wells, J. Wynn)

Big Ten: 15 (Steelers: F. Adams, W. Allen, T. Essex, L. Foote, J. Kapinos, R. Mendenhall, A. Randle-El, M. Spaeth, L. Woodley; Packers: B. Bulaga, A. Hawk, R. Pickett, A. Quarless, M. Wilhelm, C. Woodson)

MAC: 13
(Steelers: C. Batch, A. Brown, J. Harrison, B. Roethlisberger (pictured back in his Miami (Ohio) days), S. Suisham; Packers: D. Briggs, T. Crabtree, J. Gordy, C. Jenkins, G. Jennings, T. Lang, J. Starks, F. Zombo)

ACC: 13 (Steelers: C. Butler, J. Dwyer, N. Eason, J. Farrior, K. Fox, B. McFadden, H. Miller, L. Timmons, G. Warren, J. Worilds; Packers: R. Francois, B. Raji, S. Shields)

Big 12: 8 (Steelers: C. Hampton, T. Hills, Z. Hood, J. Scott; Packers: G. Harrell, M. Crosby, B. Jackson, J. Nelson)

Conference USA: 7
(Steelers: B. Leftwich, D. Legursky, M. Moore, E. Sanders; Packers: A. Bigby, J. Sitton, C. Wilson)

Non-FBS: 7 (Steelers: I. Redman, A. Smith; Packers: N. Collins, E. Dietrich-Smith, D. Driver, J. Kuhn, N. McDonald)

Pac-10: 6 (Steelers: K. Lewis, T. Polamalu; Packers: D. Bishop, C. Matthews, D. Nance, A. Rodgers)

MWC: 5 (Steelers: C. Hoke, B. Keisel, C. Kemoeatu, S. Sylvester; Packers: B. Swain)

WAC: 5
(Packers: J. Bush, D. Colledge, K. Hall, J. Jones, T. Williams)

Big East: 4 (Steelers: W. Gay, R. Mundy; Packers: J. Spitz, B. Underwood)

Sun Belt: 4 (Steelers: D. Johnson, S. McLendon, I. Taylor; Packers: E. Walden)

Independent: 1
(Steelers: A. Battle)
(Note that affiliations are based on 2010 league alignment: Boise State in the WAC, Utah the MWC, Nebraska the Big 12, etc.)

Some bullet points to be made about the breakdown:
  • Kidding aside, the number of MAC players represented has to be something of a statistical fluke -- does any team in the league have as many as the Packers' eight? -- but it's worth noting that both teams rely heavily on players from outside the six BCS conferences. 34 percent of the Steelers' roster hails from non-AQ (or non-FBS) teams, with the Packers' number at 43 percent. An NFL team that doesn't bother scouting smaller conferences would, obviously, be missing out on a major source of talent.
  • That said, the two conferences best represented -- the SEC and Big Ten -- are exactly the two you'd expect based on the amount of money being spent within them and overall influence within college football.
  • As with the MAC's high numbers, the oddly low numbers for the Pac-12 and Big East are probably unfortunate circumstance. Nonetheless, those leagues probably would have liked to have been represented by more than only four and three teams, respectively.
  • Yes, it's interesting that non-FBS teams enjoy more representation than two BCS leagues and have only one player fewer than a Big 12 featuring programs like Texas and Oklahoma. But don't marvel too much; as with the number of successful pro players who weren't highly-ranked as recruits being a function (in large part) of how many more lower-ranked recruits there are, the sheer numbers of players attending the dozens of FCS and Division II schools ensure that some of them will always find their way to NFL stardom.




Posted on: January 24, 2011 12:43 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 12:50 pm
 

WSU aims for victory over Tigers, Ducks in 2013

Posted by Chip Patterson

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos has taken a very active approach as he nears one full year on the job at his alma mater.  After Jim Sterk left for San Diego State, Moos was one of the only candidates to seek out employment from the university that has suffered through some historically bad seasons in football in the last couple of years.  

But Moos has been very vocal about his belief in the ability to turn the Cougars' results around on the field, and he has been making efforts to assist with that process off the field.  He has met with the families of recruits and is currently campaigning for a stadium expansion and brand-new football operations facility.  

He has enough faith in the improvements to boldly predict Washington State victories over both Auburn and Oregon in 2013.

"I expect to beat both of them," Moos said about facing the title game's participants at a general staff meeting.  Pretty bold statement for a program that dropped from historic highs in the early 2000's to becoming the butt of most Pac-10/Pac-12 football jokes by the end of the decade.  Moos believes that the key to changing the program will be with recruiting, and shedding the "underdog" culture.  

New facilities and upgrading the stadium is one way to re-energize the fan base and team, but there will have to be on-field results in order to really see any dramatic change in recruiting.  Moos may just be talking boldly to build confidence, or he really could be so blinded by his own optimism he fails to see the gap between Washington State and Auburn/Oregon.  But that kind of blind optimism may be just what the Cougars need to turn things around.  

Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:10 am
 

Titans lawsuit vs. Kiffin won't be settled soon

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's officially the offseason, which means that now's the time for Lane Kiffin's star to shine its brightest. On the positive side, his Trojans have enough scholarship space and continued recruiting pull to sign another top-flight class, and could see their NCAA sanctions reduced on appeal after Saturday's hearing before the infractions appeals committee.

But with Kiffin the headlines are never just about football, as Nashville's Tennesseean showed once again with an update on the lawsuit filed against him by the Tennessee Titans , alleging that Kiffin's surprise hiring of Titans running backs coach Kennedy Pola constituted "interference with contract and inducement of breach of contract."

While the lead for the story is that two judges have already recused themselves from the case thanks to various entanglements with the Titans and USC, the story also drops one intriguing bit of data at its conclusion:
A trial date is preliminarily set for Aug. 2.
That's a long, long time from now in college football terms, and if it's only a preliminary date, it's a reasonable bet that the actual date could wind up being even further away than that. Unless the two sides come to an agreement before the case goes to trial (which is a possibility), the suit could prove to be a personal distraction for Kiffin for quite some time.

Of course, by now Kiffin has more than enough experience in dealing with off-field distractions; the actual impact of the suit on anything Trojan football-related will be minimal at best. But if Kiffin produces another decent-but-not-spectacular season on the field in 2011, fans could wonder if the constant stream of headlines and personal distractions might be part of what's holding Kiffin back ... and this suit would be yet another log on that fire.

 
 
 
 
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