THE RAP SHEET - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The week in eligibility-crippling issues - legal, academic, institutional and otherwise...
The week kicked off with the bizarre story - or huge misunderstanding, depending on your perspective - of an apparently random person who was not only chastised but actually arrested for contacting Tyrone Prothro after his sickening ankle injury without registering with the state as a sports agent. Alabama takes this stuff seriously:
- - - - - I tell ya this kid's goin' up up up! We gotta sign 'im!
Prothro, importantly, is not in any eligibility trouble - if that is, he's able to play again at all.
COMMITTED, to community service, rehab and anger management, USC linebacker Rey Maualuga, who achieved the dubious distinction of getting put in A.A. more than a year before he's legally allowed to drink. rehab for Maualuga agrees to terms of rehab http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=ncf&id=2429340
BROKEN, by Orson Swindle, days before the major media outlets picked it up, the story of Ohio U. player Corey Logan, who was booked for misdemeanor assault after he allegedly punched a horse in the head. Orson actually picked up the report via a reader of Ohio U.'s The Post, continuing the college newspaper tradition of highlighting the weirdest possible story at all times.
Given its resiliency, maybe Frank Solich should sign the horse to shore up the Bobcats' defensive line.
Another Ohio U. player, Rudy Sylvan was charged with disorderly conduct in the same incident, though presumably with far less flare.
ARRESTED, on the latest of endless "disorerly at the club" incidents, Oklahoma fullback Dane Zaslaw, who was drunk and disorderly while "punching his fists in the air as if challenging others to fight," at a club last Friday.
BOOTED, for an "inappropriate comment" at a restaurant, Tennessee's Raymond Henderson. Oh, tantalizing is the prospect of learning the statement so vile its speaker should be barred from a football locker room.
- - - - - I'm going to UT, but you know who can really coach, though? That Steve Spurrier can coach...
NAMED, in a probe into a quid pro quo deal with a local cell phone store manager, Iowa cornerback Marcus Paschal and freshly graduated Hawkeyes Antwan Allen, Marques Simmons and Jovon Johnson, who apparently gave away free games passes in exchange for discounts. The horror of voluntary commerce!
CHARGED, two UCLA players accused of felony assault charges stemming from a fight one of the players' parents' home. Linebacker John Hale and defensive tackle Jess Ward pleaded not guilty Thursday to whatever they're alleged to have done during the altercation, which, according to Karl Dorrell, was just move out of the house.
SUSPENDED, Wisconsin defensive end Jamal Cooper, who will miss the Badgers' season-opener against Bowling Green for an unidentified action that "has nothing to do with NCAA, Big Ten or university academic requirements," but fell well below "the academic standards of performance" new coach Bret Bielema expects out of his student-athletes.
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And don't let the name fool ya - second guessing the phenomenal athletic feats and split-second decisions of college kids under extreme physical duress is for every day of the week.
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