After years of investigation and scandal surrounding the Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo eras at the school, the University of Southern California has chosen to return Bush’s 2005 Heisman Trophy as well as other memorabilia from the 2 stars:
The Trojan family honors and respects the USC sporting careers of those persons whose actions did not compromise their athletic program or the opportunities of future USC student-athletes. Accordingly, I have instructed the senior vice president for administration to remove athletic jerseys and murals displayed in recognition of O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush by mid-August — before the incoming class of students moves on campus — from Heritage Hall, the Galen Center and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The university also will return Mr. Bush’s 2005 Heisman Trophy to the Heisman Trophy Trust in August.
ESPN.com is reporting that Giants’ 3rd round draft pick and former LSU star Chad Jones has been involved in a car crash and is listed in critical condition.
According to New Orleans’ CBS affiliate WWL-TV, Jones, 21, suffered “a fractured left leg and had arteries and nerves exposed.” The station reports that Jones was listed in critical condition and was in surgery at 10:15 a.m. The accident has been reported to have occurred between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Jones was well known in collegiate sports and was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 13th round coming out of high school. He played outfield and reliever for the LSU Tigers’ nationally ranked baseball team as well as safety for the football team. He is one of only 2 players in NCAA history to win collegiate championships for both Football and Baseball.
Multiple sources are reporting that the UConn Huskies men’s basketball team has been accused of 8 “major” NCAA rules violations.
According to Yahoo.com:
The school released the notice of allegation letter Friday following a 15-month investigation into the recruiting of former player Nate Miles. The eight alleged violations include improper phone calls and text messages to recruits, giving recruits improper benefits and improperly distributing free tickets to high school coaches and others. Coach Jim Calhoun was cited for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance.
Investigations into the elite program and University began as a follow-up to a Yahoo! Sports story alleging that “former team manager Josh Nochimson helped guide basketball recruit Nate Miles to Connecticut, giving him lodging, transportation, meals and representation.” (To read the full article, click here)
After 5 seasons as Notre Dame’s head football coach, Charlie Weis has been fired. Leaving the New England Patriots coaching staff to take over in South Bend, Weis’s team finished with record of 35-27 during his tenure.
Weis had six years remaining on his contract and it is believed that his buyout package could be worth some $18 million.
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3 freshman, including standout Safety Janzen Jackson and receiver Nu’Keese Richardson, were arrested last night in an attempted robbery. ESPN.com reports:
“According to a Knoxville City Police report, the arrests stemmed from an attempted robbery outside a convenience store near campus. A powered pellet gun was recovered in the players’ car after they were stopped by police near the Gibbs Hall dormitory on campus, where the Vols’ freshman football players live.”
Lane Kiffin’s tenure as Tennessee’s head coach hasn’t been an easy one, particularly with Nu’Kesse whom Florida head coach Urban Meyer accused Kiffin of illegally contacting during the signing period.
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You can’t say enough about a student-athlete like Pinecrest’s Brandon Knight. With a 4.28 GPA and a 32 point-per-game average, he’s drawing attention from the leading schools in the country for both his athletics and his academics. Take a look and judge for yourself!