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Sunday Morning Quarterback

Sunday Morning Quarterback

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

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Wherein SMQ chronicles eligibility-crippling issues, legal, academic, institutional and otherwise...

Truly hideous news out of Florida, where five men have been charged with beating a 23-year-old man to death after the Georgia-Florida game Saturday:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Five men were charged with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Florida student, authorities said.

Numerous onlookers saw the beating Saturday night of Thomas Oliver Brown, 23, who was held down by three men and beaten by two others, the Jacksonville sheriff's office said.

Brown was not breathing and had no pulse when rescue personnel arrived. They tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at Shands Jacksonville, police said.

Jeremy Lane, 21, Alex Canzano, 21, Casey Schuurman, 19, and Mark Foss, 18, all of Jacksonville, and Jeffery Groncziak, 19, of Ponte Vedra Beach, were arrested and jailed on murder charges Sunday, police said.

The suspects fled after the beating but were stopped in a taxi van. A surveillance camera placed the suspects at the scene of the slaying, but the reason for the beating wasn't clear, police said.

Brown's father, Thomas J. Brown, said he was told by a detective that words were exchanged between his son and the attackers.

"He might have said something he shouldn't have, but it doesn't add up to murder," he told The Florida Times Union. "This isn't a fight, this is a massacre."

The younger Brown had attended Saturday's game between rivals Georgia and Florida in Jacksonville. The annual game known as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

"We're not certain if it had anything to do with the game," sheriff's office spokesman Ken Jefferson said.
What is this, Colombia?

On a lighter note, USC linebacker Rey Maualuga has been accused of good old-fashioned pounding on frat jerks; SMQ prints the item in its entirety mainly for the delightful rhetorical effect of is final two sentences:
LOS ANGELES -- Southern California linebacker Rey Maualuga was arrested for investigation of misdemeanor battery following an off-campus altercation, police said.

The 18-year-old freshman was arrested around 4 a.m. Tuesday after allegedly punching a man at a party near campus three hours earlier, said Kevin Maiberger, a Los Angeles police spokesman. Maualuga left the scene but later turned himself into police, said LAPD spokesman Jason Lee.

Maualuga was released a short time later after posting $20,000 bail.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Maualuga, who practiced with the top-ranked Trojans on Tuesday afternoon, said he could not comment on the incident.

Coach Pete Carroll said he was not sure if Maualuga, who is a backup and a special teams player, would be allowed to play in USC's game Saturday against Stanford at the Coliseum.

"I talked to Rey today and tried to get as much information as you can, then there's some stuff yet to come," he said. "As always, we're going to do our stuff in-house as we have in the past and take care of our business."

Maualuga has made 13 tackles in seven games this season.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 22.

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