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Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:22 pm
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Toledo DE charged with assault

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Toledo defensive end Damien McIntosh has been arrested resulting from an incident on Friday. McIntosh was charged with felonius assault after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend. According to a report in the Toledo Blade, McIntosh began punching his girlfriend while the two were in a car.

According to the complaint, McIntosh, of 3711 Willow Run Dr., was a passenger in a car driven by Christina Tomusko and is accused of punching her in the face with a closed fist several times. Tomusko suffered nasal fractures, facial contusions and minor head injuries, according to the complaint.

McIntosh is currently being held at the Lucas County jail on $25,000 bond and has a court date set for June 2nd.

Toledo has not issued a statement regarding McIntosh's arrest, though I'd like to believe that if McIntosh was actually punching his girlfriend in the face multiple times and breaking her nose, he won't ever be playing another down of football in a Rockets uniform -- or any uniform -- ever again.

Photo courtesy of The Toledo Blade 

Posted on: May 19, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Rimington Watch List released

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Like Christmas decorations at your favorite mall, college football award "watch lists" always seem to arrive earlier than you expect them to ... but that doesn't mean they're not welcome.

So we're happy to note that first out of the gate this year is the Spring Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, released today with 42 names. The Rimington is awarded annually to the nation's top center, as determined by four major posteason All-American teams.

The full list (with photos!) is here, but here's 10 names (in alphabetical order) it will pay to keep an eye on this season:

Mike Brewster, Ohio State. Third straight year on Rimington Watch List for former finalist and freshman All-American.

Thomas Byrd, Boise State.
Redshirt senior and two-time Watch List member has started every game of Boise career.

Mike Caputo, Nebraska.
Honorable mention All-Big 12 after starting all 14 games for league's leading rushing game.

Garth Gehart, Arizona State.
With only three returning centers in conference, a favorite for 2011 All-Pac-12 honors.

Tyler Horn, Miami.
Started all 13 games in 2010 for ACC's No. 3 rushing attack.

Ben Jones, Georgia.
Senior and mutiple Watch List member has started 35 games for Bulldogs.

Peter Konz, Wisconsin.
2010 Watch List member and 2009 freshman All-American.

David Molk, Michigan.
Redshirt senior was named Rimington finalist and first-team All-Big Ten in 2010.

William Vlachos, Alabama. 2010 second team All-SEC center has 27 career starts.

Scott Wedige, Northern Illinois. 2010 First team All-MAC center on nation's No. 7 rush offense.




Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:14 pm
 

Nightclub tries to get OSU in more trouble

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As if Ohio State isn't having a hard enough time keeping itself out of trouble, now nightclubs are trying to get the school hit with NCAA violations. A nightclub in Huber Heights, Ohio was planning on having a graduation party of sorts for Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and his high school teammate Tre Moore. Both players graduated from high school earlier this year and enrolled early in college for spring practice, though Moore is attending Northern Illinois.

The club, Heat, had advertised the party on Facebook and since it used both Miller and Moore's names, it was an NCAA violation and one that both players had to distance themselves from.

Even though [Miller and Moore] said they had no part in the planning of the event, they moved quickly to disassociate themselves from it after being questioned about their involvement by Wayne coach Jay Minton.

“I was coming home from Illinois after spring ball at Northern Illinois, and coach Minton gave me a call when I was in the airport trying to get to Ohio,” Moore said. “And then Braxton gave me a call and said, ‘We have to find out who did this and get it taken care of.’

“I’m guessing they found some people who knew me and Braxton, probably some Wayne kids. I don’t how they picked me and him, but I’m glad we can clean this mess up.”

The bar had been planning on charging $10 at the door for guys, and $7 for ladies.

Making things more interesting, the club was supposedly throwing a party for two 18-year old kids when it's a 21-and over establishment. Local police said that it would be illegal for the club to even let Miller and Moore inside. Not that this club is averse to breaking the law, as the story points out that there have been 15 incidents with police, including arrests for drug possession, gun possession and an assault of an officer, at the club since it opened in December.

And it's only open on weekends.

Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:05 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Former Ohio lineman dead at 23

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Former Ohio defensive lineman Marcellis Williamson died at the age of 23 on Wednesday according to a release from the school

“We can confirm that former Ohio defensive tackle Marcellis Williamson, a native of East Cleveland, Ohio, passed away late this afternoon,” said Jason Corriher, assistant Athletics director for media relations.

Williamson checked himself into Euclid Hospital on Wednesday and was discharged, dying later in the day. While Ohio would not get into specifics regarding Williamson's death, friends and teammates say that Williamson suffered a heart attack.

Williamson graduated from Ohio at the end of the 2010 fall semester, and was a starter for the Bobcats the last two seasons. He finished the 2010 season with 36 tackles, 3.5 for loss and .5 sacks. He left a message on his Facebook page on Wednesday, his last, that read "I am blessed to have waken up this morning!! Enjoy today because tomorrow isn't guaranteed.

Posted on: April 20, 2011 11:08 am
 

NIU's Butler released from hospital

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Northern Illinois linebacker Devon Butler spent time in critical condition earlier this month after having been shot in the back, the unintended victim of a blind drive-by shooting into an apartment window. While the shooters await trial on charges of attempted murder, Butler has been in the hospital recovering.

Until now: Butler was publicly released from OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Ill. yesterday, per the DeKalb Daily Chronicle. NIU head coach Dave Doeren: on Butler's timetable for a potential return to the gridiron:
“I’m super excited for him and for the team, his family ... He’d been ready to get out of there for about a week” ...

“[He] has got a ton of rehab to do.”

“Our plans are to not have him (next season) because that’s the worst-case scenario,” Doeren said. “Nobody’s focusing on football with him right now. Two weeks ago we didn’t know if he was going to live. The big thing for him right now is not rushing him.”
As you might expect, the NIU program has rallied to Butler's side, with several players wearing his No. 9 jersey during practice and linebackers coach Tom Matukewicz hosting Butler during the next stage of his recovery. Butler is hopeful of attending NIU's spring game Saturday, though that's not certain yet.

What is certain is that Butler's release is very good news, and in college football this offseason, we need all of that we can get.

Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:49 am
Edited on: April 19, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Report: UMass will join the MAC

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

FBS football is about to get another new member, one that should make the already-competitive MAC that much more challenging.

The Midwestern league is set to announce that they will be inviting FCS power UMass to join as a football-only member, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. The MAC Twitter feed has already confirmed that a press conference has been scheduled tomorrow featuring both conference and UMass officials; it's all but official.

Per the Plain Dealer, the Minutemen will play a full conference schedule as soon as 2012 but won't be eligible for the league championship until 2013. UMass is the second football-only member that plays its other sports in the Atlantic 10, joining Temple, and brings the MAC's total football membership up to 14.

The addition of the Minutemen will allow the conference to return to two even seven-team divisions after an awkward set up the past few years with seven teams in the East and six in the West. (The league will likely move area rivals Bowling Green and Toledo into the same division to accommodate the addition.) But more importantly, the move gives the MAC a member with a strong history of terrific football at the FCS level.

UMass won the national championship in 1998 (then I-AA) and finished as a runner-up in 1978 and 2006, pulling in their most recent conference championship in 2007. The Minutemen provide a few "big-time football" advantages to the MAC, including the use of the New England Patriot's Gillette Stadium for certain home games.  As far as the Minutemen are concerned, the move to FBS opens the door to plenty of new opportunities - bowl games, exposure, money - and should come as welcome new to the UMass faithful.    




Posted on: April 6, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Two charged with attempted murder in NIU shooting

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Northern Illinois junior linebacker Devon Butler is currently listed in critical condition after having been shot in an incident late Tuesday night.

The DeKalb (Ill.) Daily Chronicle is reporting that police have taken two suspects into custody after being called to a DeKalb apartment complex just before midnight. Witnesses reported two to three gunshots fired in the apartment building, and today NIU officials confirmed that Butler had subsequently been transported to an area hospital for treatment.

An official statement from first-year NIU head coach Dave Doeren is forthcoming. Butler earned third-team All-MAC honors in 2010 after finishing second on the Huskies with 71 tackles. 

UPDATE: Both DeKalb police and the NIU athletic department have issued statements on Butler's situation, the former illustrating the nature of ths shooting. It reads in part: 

DeKalb investigators determined that shots were fired from a vehicle at Apartment 3, 1009 Aspen Drive. One of those shots penetrated the window in Apartment #3 and struck Northern Illinois junior linebacker Devon Butler, a visitor at the apartment.

DeKalb investigators determined Apartment #3 at 1009 Aspen Drive was targeted as a result of a drug transaction that occurred earlier Tuesday. DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen emphasized that there is no indication that NIU student Devon Butler had any knowledge of nor was involved or present during that drug transaction earlier in the day. Devon Butler arrived at the apartment late Tuesday evening to meet with friends.

The DeKalb police investigation is proceeding quickly and two suspects are now in custody and charged with attempted first degree murder (Class X felony), aggravated battery with a firearm (Class X felony), aggravated discharge of a firearm (Class 1 felony), and unlawful delivery of cannabis (Class 4 felony).

The bullet struck Butler "on the right side of his back," according the Feithen. In the only piece of good news to come out of this situation to date, Feithen also said he was "cautiously optimistic" Butler would recover.

Doeren:

"All our thoughts and prayers as a team and as a coaching staff right now are with Devon ... He’s a member of our family and the most important thing is his health.”

NIU athletic director Jeff Compher:

“As an athletic department and as a university, I know that we are going to support Devon, his family and his teammates in every way we can" ... “Our primary focus is on all of our student-athletes at this time.”
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:45 am
Edited on: March 9, 2011 10:47 am
 

Miami (Ohio) wins awkwardly-timed coaching award

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not every day an entire team wins a coaching award, particularly for the coaching done by a coach who's no longer employed by that team (or any other). But yesterday was one of those days, as the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks were honored with the 2011 Lee Tressel Ohio College Coach of the Year Award, given by the Northeastern Ohio chapter of the National Football Foundation.

It's the kind of announcement that raises a whole host of questions. Fortunately, we're here to answer them:

They really gave a coaching award to an entire team? Yes, yes they did, and it makes a certain kind of sense when you consider that maybe no team in the FBS was better-coached last season than the Redhawks, who went from a miserable 1-11 in 2009 to a triumphant 10-4 in 2010. Add in Miami's MAC and GoDaddy.com Bowl championships, and there's no doubt the Redhawks' campaign represented the best in Ohio college coaching last year.

So why not honor the coach that made it happen? For the obvious reason, no doubt: that that coach was later arrested on ugly domestic violence charges and unceremoniously dumped from his new head gig at Pitt. Giving Mike Haywood a coaching award right about now would be almost as awkward as giving out some kind of coaching integrity award to Jim Tressel .

Speaking of ... I'm assuming Lee Tressel is related to Jim? Yes, it's Jim's father.

So the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation's timing could have been a little better, it seems like? It's certainly no fault of their own. But yes, given the events of yesterday evening, seeing the last name "Tressel" used synonymously with "great achievements in Ohio-based college coaching" feels a little ... awkward this morning. Doesn't it?

Of course, Haywood or no Haywood, "Tressel" on the plaque or no "Tressel" on the plaque, it's still a heck of an honor and one Miami richly deserved. Congratulations are in order. The Redhawks will simply hope that next time they receive it, it'll arrive with a bit simpler fanfare.



 
 
 
 
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