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  • Asberry most serious of three Rutgers players injured in crash

    Oct. 18, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Three Rutgers football players were injured, one seriously, in a multi-vehicle accident caused by a man accused of drunken driving.

    Safety Dondre L. Asberry, 20, of Miami, suffered a spine fracture and head injuries in the accident Saturday night, police said.

    The junior remained in critical condition Monday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, hospital spokeswoman Kristen Walsh said.

    Cornerbacks Leslie "Manny" Collins and Eddie Grimes, both 20, sustained head and facial injuries. They were treated and released from the hospital along with Collins' brother, George W. Hardison, 18, who also suffered head and facial injuries.

    Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said he doubted Collins and Grimes would play when Rutgers travels to Pittsburgh on Saturday. "They're banged up. I'll know more as the week goes on," Schiano said.

    None of the players are starters.

    The accident occurred on Route 18 near the Rutgers campus several hours after Rutgers' 16-6 win over Temple.

    Police said Daniel J. Merlino, 26, of South Plainfield, was driving north in the southbound lanes of the roadway at about 7:30 p.m. when his 2001 Mitsubishi Galant collided head-on with a 2003 GMC Envoy heading south.

    Collins, of Plainfield, was driving a 1989 Toyota Tercel that then struck the Envoy, which overturned, police said. Grimes, of Hialeah, Fla., and Asberry were seated in the rear. Hardison, of Plainfield, was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the front seat.

    Merlino was charged with drunken driving and reckless driving. He was not wearing a seat belt and suffered multiple fractures and head and internal injuries, police said.

    The driver of the Envoy, 52-year-old Antonio Cristiano of Piscataway, and his wife, Sylvia, 51, suffered head and facial injuries and were treated and released from St. Peter's Hospital in New Brunswick.

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    Michigan St. receivers arrested for allegedly planting bombs
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 10, 2004
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    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Two Michigan State football players were arrested and charged with possessing a dangerous chemical compound after they allegedly planted homemade bombs that blew up outside campus apartments.

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    Terry Love and Irving Campbell, both 19-year-old redshirt freshmen receivers, were arrested Tuesday morning as they left the scene of the first explosion, campus police said. A second bomb exploded shortly afterward, and a third was detonated by the campus police bomb squad.

    The men said they planted the bombs in Spartan Village as a prank, campus police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said.

    No one was hurt and there was no property damage, McGlothian-Taylor said. The players were released on $500 bond after being arraigned Tuesday.

    If convicted of the misdemeanor, both could face up to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine, McGlothian-Taylor said.

    Coach John L. Smith will let the legal process play out and then decide if any disciplinary action is needed, assistant athletic director John Lewandowski said.

    Love has 19 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown this season. Campbell has not caught a pass.

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    -11-11-2004, 11:10 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Violent behavior behind me, says new Ole Miss coach
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 17, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    OXFORD, Miss. -- New Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron was charged with repeated domestic violence more than a decade ago when he was an assistant at Miami, according to records obtained Friday by the Associated Press.

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    Background checks were conducted on Orgeron and other candidates, chancellor Robert Khayat said at a news conference introducing Orgeron as the Rebels' coach. Athletic director Pete Boone said school officials are aware of the coach's history.

    "Many years ago coach Orgeron had a very unpleasant experience that involved behavior he is not proud of," Khayat said at Thursday's news conference. "Pete Boone, the athletics committee and I are totally comfortable and confident that coach Orgeron is going to provide the kind of role model that we want for our program."

    Orgeron, hired this week to replace David Cutcliffe at Ole Miss, had a restraining order filed against him by a Dade County, Fla., woman who accused him of repeated violence 13 years ago, said Robert Keen, a supervisor with the Dade County clerk's office.

    The charge of repeat violence was filed on April 10, 1991, and a restraining order was filed the next month, records show. Keen told the AP that records also show Orgeron did not violate that order.


    Ed Orgeron says his past mistakes are 'no longer part of my daily living.' (AP)
    The woman later received a permanent injunction, Keen said, and the court order prohibited him from going to her home or workplace. The injunction was terminated in July 1992, Keen said.

    "All I'm going to say is this: I'm completely comfortable with the steps I've taken to correct the mistakes in my life, and they're no longer part of my daily living," Orgeron said Thursday in Oxford.

    Orgeron also was involved in a 1992 incident in which he reportedly head-butted the manager of a nightclub in Baton Rouge, La., several newspapers reported.

    Felony second-degree battery charges were dropped when the manager settled out of court, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

    Orgeron was fired at Miami after that incident. He spent a year away from football before resuming his coaching career in 1994 at Nicholls State.

    Orgeron met his wife, Kelly, in 1996. The couple has three children.

    Khayat's secretary said he was out of town Friday, and Boone did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.

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    -12-18-2004, 02:48 PM
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    Six Game**** players charged with theft after bowl snub
    by DJRamFan
    Jan. 20, 2005
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Six current and former South Carolina football players were charged Thursday with stealing $18,000 worth of equipment from Williams-Brice Stadium last November.

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    The university said laptop computers, video equipment and framed photographs were stolen from the South Carolina locker room area Nov. 22, shortly after the Game****s were told they would not go to a bowl as punishment for an on-field brawl with Clemson.

    "Regrettably, a few of our student-athletes made a very poor decision during the course of a frustrating situation, and they must now face the consequences," athletic director Mike McGee said.

    Offensive lineman Woody Telfort was charged with grand larceny, a felony. He was accused of stealing more than $1,000 in equipment.

    Quarterbacks Syvelle Newton and Dondrial Pinkins have been charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, along with defensive lineman Freddy Saint-Preux and former safety Rodriques Wilson.

    A warrant is pending for a sixth player the school did not identify.

    Telephone calls placed to four of the players were not answered; one player was not listed. They were expected to be arraigned in Richland County bond court Thursday evening.

    New coach Steve Spurrier said he will support the decisions of campus police and prosecutors as the case moves forward.

    "Hopefully we'll never have a situation like this happen again," Spurrier said.

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    -01-21-2005, 03:31 PM
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    Texas suspends reserve RB after drug arrest
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 21, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    AUSTIN -- Texas reserve running back Erik Hardeman, who had not played this season because of academic problems, has been suspended indefinitely from the team after a felony arrest on a drug charge.

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    Police say they found about 20 grams of cocaine in a car Hardeman was riding in last week.

    According to Austin police, Hardeman was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance on Dec. 14 and a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after the car was pulled over on a traffic stop.

    The second degree felony charge carries a penalty of two to 20 years in prison.

    Through a spokesman, coach Mack Brown said Hardeman was suspended indefinitely "pending the outcome of the legal process." Hardeman had not been scheduled to travel with the No. 6 Longhorns for their Rose Bowl matchup with No. 13 Michigan on Jan. 1.

    The arrest affidavit on the felony charge was not immediately available at the Travis County clerk's office. But according to the arrest affidavit filed on the misdemeanor, police smelled marijuana in the car and found less than an ounce on Hardeman. They also said they found "several baggies" full of white powder on the floorboard of the rear passenger seat where Hardeman was riding.

    Police said tests showed the powder was cocaine.

    Police also said Hardeman, 19, was carrying $3,774 in cash. He was arrested and released after posting bail of $15,000 on the felony charge and $500 on the misdemeanor.

    Court records on the misdemeanor charge showed Hardeman requested a court-appointed attorney but one had not been provided by Monday afternoon.

    Two other men in the car, passenger Christopher Felkner and driver David Manuel Childress, also were arrested and have since been released from jail.

    Hardeman is a redshirt freshman from Pflugerville who signed with Texas in 2003. He was allowed to practice this season but was not academically eligible to play. Hardeman had not worked out with the Longhorns for several weeks, said team spokesman John Bianco.

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    -12-21-2004, 11:21 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Barnett to go before grand jury probing Colorado scandal
    by DJRamFan
    July 30, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    DENVER -- Colorado football coach Gary Barnett was called Friday to appear before a grand jury investigating his program's recruiting practices.

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    Barnett did not immediately go before the panel. He wouldn't comment to reporters.

    He was suspended in February for comments he made about two women who accused football players of rape, then was reinstated in May after an investigative panel concluded he shouldn't be fired.

    The grand jury investigation is the first indication criminal charges could be filed in a scandal that led to sweeping changes in the football recruiting program and a scathing review of university leadership.

    At the governor's request, Attorney General Ken Salazar's office has been investigating. Salazar already decided against filing assault charges on allegations involving nine women dating to 1997, citing concerns about the evidence and the reluctance of the women to go forward with the cases.

    The grand jury has heard from players, director of football operations David Hansburg, campus police and others since May. Legal experts have said they think investigators are trying to figure out whether university funds were misused, among other things.

    Salazar's office has declined to comment.


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    -08-02-2004, 04:23 PM
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