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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: July 18, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: July 18, 2011 12:39 pm

Les Miles talks about the Will Lyles situation

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As the NCAA continues to investigate Will Lyles and his ties with schools across the country -- with his relationship with Oregon garnering the most attention -- it's not just keeping its nose in the Pacific Northwest. The NCAA has also taken the time to talk with LSU and head coach Les Miles, as LSU has paid Lyles $26,000 since the 2008 season, including $6,000 in 2010. The same year that Oregon paid Lyles $25,000.

While there's no evidence to show that LSU's relationship with Lyles has been anything other than school and scout, it's not exactly the kind of attention any program wants right now, especially when most of what you hear or read about with Lyles has to do with him steering recruits to Oregon.

Les Miles spoke about the NCAA's visit to Baton Rouge on Sunday night while in New Orleans on a speaking tour.

"I think it's fundamental. I think it's necessary. We're going to comply. We're going to be very cooperative," Miles told the USA Today. "That's really all I can say."

Which, if we've learned anything about NCAA investigations around the country for the last year or so, is probably the best route to take. It's clear at this point that the best thing any school or coach can do is be honest with the NCAA. It's a lesson Jim Tressel had to learn the hard way recently at Ohio State, and could be one that Chip Kelly learns in the future depending on how the NCAA investigation at Oregon turns out. 

Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 12:40 pm

Marc Tyler ends up on TMZ, doesn't help his case

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Playing college football at USC is a bit different than playing anywhere else. First of all, you're in Los Angeles, which is the second-largest media market in the country, and there's no professional football team. So, in a way, if you play at USC, you are the professional football team. Even if you aren't getting paid.

There's also the celebrity culture that pervades the atmosphere, so it's not all that shocking to see that USC running back Marc Tyler wound up Friday on TMZ. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Tyler really seemed to enjoy hamming it up for the cameras and talking a bit more than he should.

In the video on TMZ's website, Tyler makes a harmless joke about Kim Kardashian, but then goes on to say that the players at USC are paid more money than players in the NFL.

It's pretty clear in the video that he's kidding, but given that USC is already on probation and dealing with the NCAA, that's probably not the best joke to be making on camera.

There's also the fact that Tyler is already in trouble at USC for two alcohol-related incidents earlier this spring and is awaiting to be disciplined by the school. So, to show up on TMZ -- TMZ claims Tyler is intoxicated in the video, but you can judge for yourself -- and say the things he said, even if he's only joking, doesn't do much to help his case.

Hat tip: CFT 

Posted on: July 15, 2011 1:40 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 1:55 pm

Want to play NCAA 12 on Arizona's new scoreboard?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We've spent quite a bit of time talking about NCAA Football 12 on the blog recently, but that's because the game is awesome and all of us college football fans need something to do while we kill time waiting for the real games to start. What better way to do that than by playing video games? I mean, it's hot outside. Who wants to go out there?

Anyway, playing the game on your television is good enough for anybody, but what if you had the chance to play it on a scoreboard at a college football stadium?

Arizona is giving you that chance.

The school's athletic director Greg Byrne has been tweeting plenty of pictures of the new video board that the school is building at Arizona Stadium, and he announced a pretty cool giveaway on his Twitter account earlier this week.

No idea what the giveaway will entail, but if you're an Arizona fan, are in the area, or are just willing to pretend you're an Arizona fan so you can play a video game on a giant videoboard, you should probably start following Byrne to find out.

Hat tip: Arizona Desert Swarm 
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 1:14 pm

Illini's Jones pleads not guilty to assault

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Illinois defensive lineman Chris Jones was in a Champaign County court room on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to the aggravated assault charges he's facing. The charges stem fron an incident on July 3rd in which Jones allegedly attacked two gay men.

The men told the police that they had been outside of a bar in Champaign when a car drove by them with someone inside it shouting gay slurs at them. That man was apparently Jones, and apparently the words weren't enough for him. The men said that Jones then got out of the car and punched both of them, as they each suffered minor facial injuries from the encounter.

Jones was suspended from the Illinois football team and is currently being held in jail on $100,000 bond.

This wouldn't be Jones' first run-in with the law, as he has a prior conviction for cocaine possession in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 1:15 pm

Davey O'Brien Watch List released

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Even though we already know that Houston's Case Keenum is going to win it, the Davey O'Brien Foundation released its watch list for the 2011 season on Friday. The Davey O'Brien Award is given annually to the best quarterback in the country, with Auburn's Cam Newton winning the award this season. Two of last year's finalists are back on the list in Stanford's Andrew Luck and Boise State's Kellen Moore, but those two are joined by 36 others as well.

Matt Barkley, USC
Tyler Bray, Tennessee
Alex Carder, Western Michigan
Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
Dayne Crist, Notre Dame
Austin Davis, Southern Miss
Dominique Davis, East Carolina
Nick Foles, Arizona
Jeff Godfrey, UCF
Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Jake Heaps, BYU
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Case Keenum, Houston
G.J. Kinne, Tulsa
Ryan Lindley, San Diego State
Andrew Luck, Stanford
EJ Manuel, Florida State
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Bryant Moniz, Hawaii
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Danny O'Brien, Maryland
Kyle Padron, SMU
Dan Persa, Northwestern
Chris Relf, Mississippi State
Sean Renfree, Duke
Corey Robinson, Troy
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
Geno Smith, West Virginia
Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
Darron Thomas, Oregon
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Jordan Wynn, Utah

While I have no real reasons to root for a winner this season, superficially I'd like to see NC State's Danny O'Brien win it just because I think it would be funny to say Danny O'Brien wins the Davey O'Brien.
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 1:15 pm

Ex-Mountaineer charged with second robbery

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this week West Virginia linebacker Branko Busick was arrested and charged with armed robbery. An arrest that led to his dismissal from the West Virginia football team. Well, I don't think Busick is all that worried about not being able to play football anymore, as he has an incredibly full plate right now.

It seems one robbery just wasn't enough for Busick, so he's now been charged for a second.

Busick was arrested in another, unrelated armed robbery on Wednesday, said Morgantown Police Sgt. Robert Gilmore.

The victim in the second case told police he was hit in the face and knocked down as he walked home from work June 23. This week, he identified Busick as the man who stole his iPhone and a wallet containing about $70.

Gilmore said that victim was treated for his injuries at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

According to the police, it was information learned following the first arrest of Busick that led to the second arrest, though they wouldn't go into any detail on that. After being arrested originally on Monday, Busick was released on $25,000 bond paid for by his former WWE wrestler father, Big Bully Busick. Now he finds himself in Northern Central Regional Jail where he's being held on a $250,000 bond.

Should Busick be convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. 

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