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Sunday Morning Quarterback

Sunday Morning Quarterback

Sunday, December 18, 2005

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

Texas Troubles: Much ado about nothing? So says the players' lawyer:
AUSTIN (AP) — An attorney for two University of Texas football players said he expects neither to face criminal charges in an alleged attempted robbery, while school officials said they've found no link between its athletes and a separate case involving an automatic handgun.
Police have questioned starting defensive back Cedric Griffin and running back Ramonce Taylor about an alleged downtown assault Dec. 10 after a team banquet, said Ken Oden, who is advising both players.

No. 2 Texas plays top-ranked Southern California in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4. School officials have said they've talked to the athletes being questioned and do not plan any action against them.

No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.

"I am confident there will be no cause for criminal charges," Oden said in Sunday's editions of The Dallas Morning News.

Oden said the incident, an alleged assault and attempted robbery in Austin's Sixth Street bar district, was a non-violent encounter between the players and a group of unidentified men.

Police said Friday they were investigating UT athletes in connection with that case and another Sept. 4, when police said a suspect pulled an automatic handgun and committed an aggravated assault.

Oden said the Sept. 4 case does not relate to his clients. Patricia Ohlendorf, UT's vice president for legal affairs, said she was unaware of a connection between school athletes and that incident.

"If there had been any alleged connection to something that happened three months ago, we would have known sooner," Ohlendorf told the newspaper.

Police have said they would not comment during the investigation.
Just, uh, hold off with that stuff for another couple weeks, huh? Yeah, yeah, justice, etc., but Griffin and Taylor are good.

At Wisconsin, disgruntled younger brother Marcus Randle El, for the second time since Spring practice, externalizes the frustrations of a one-catch season in the form of aggressive behavior towards others around him:
MADISON, Wis. -- The brother of Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antwaan Randle El was arrested and temporarily jailed after a fight over an alleged theft of money, police said.

Wisconsin receiver Marcus Randle El, 19, punched another 19-year-old late Friday night at his home in Madison. The man sustained minor injuries and was treated and released, police said in a statement.

Randle El, a sophomore, was booked on a tentative charge of battery and released from jail, Madison police Sgt. Jim Dexheimer said.

Randle El's status with Wisconsin was not immediately known.

In June, Randle El entered the Dane County district attorney's First Offenders Program after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct for allegedly shoving his girlfriend in March.

He was suspended from the team, but appealed and was allowed to play in the second half of the Badgers' spring practices.

Under Wisconsin's student-athlete discipline policy, players arrested or charged with a violent offense are immediately suspended from competition and practices, but they can appeal for reinstatement.

Message left for the school's athletic department spokesman were not immediately returned.
If you're hard up for money, Marcus, don't be too proud - ask your brother! You're in college! He understands. He's been there. It's okay.
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