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  • Violent behavior behind me, says new Ole Miss coach

    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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    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
  • DJRamFan
    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
  • DJRamFan
    USC player target of sexual assault investigation
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 17, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    LOS ANGELES -- At least one member of the top-ranked Southern California football team is under investigation for sexual assault, the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday.

    The assault allegedly occurred Monday morning, according to Officer Esther Reyes, a police spokeswoman.

    "Today the rape special section of LAPD's robbery division began conducting an investigation into the allegation of a sexual assault that may involve a member or members of the USC football team," Reyes said.

    She declined to elaborate. Neither police nor the university would identify which player or players were involved.

    "It's clearly inappropriate to talk about it. I don't have a lot of information right now, so to speak in any direction is just not right," coach Pete Carroll said. The coach added he spoke to his players about the investigation.

    "I've just let them know what we know, that there's an investigation going on," Carroll said. "They're not able to comment because they don't have any appropriate information, either."

    USC was the AP's national champions last season and is ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll.



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    -08-19-2004, 02:24 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Georgia suspends Kearney after 'altercation with faculty member'
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 5, 2005
    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports




    ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia linebacker Tavares Kearney was suspended for the season opener Friday after allegedly confronting an instructor who accused him of cheating on an exam.

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    Kearney was cleared of the cheating charge, but he still faced accusations of disorderly conduct. He agreed to disciplinary action proposed by associate dean of students Kim Ellis.

    The instructor said Kearney twisted her wrist last month after she confiscated his camera cell phone because she suspected the freshman of using it to cheat on a nutrition exam.

    Coach Mark Richt said Kearney will miss the Sept. 3 opener against Boise State and also receive internal discipline and community service.

    "We all have to live under authority," Richt said. "It was unacceptable for Tavares, as it would have been for any of our players, to be involved in any altercation with a faculty member. I'm sure there have been some valuable lessons learned."

    In a statement, Kearney acknowledged that he "did not handle the situation in the best way possible, but I feel that the process has been handled in a fair way."

    Kearney is the fifth Georgia player to be suspended from the opener for disciplinary reasons.

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    -08-08-2005, 07:20 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Nicholls State coach fired amid academic fraud scandal
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 15, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State football coach Daryl Daye was fired Sunday over accusations of academic fraud involving players and an assistant coach.

    Daye was not implicated in the alleged fraud, but an investigation found he failed to "maintain proper controls" of the assistant, the Southland Conference school said.

    "The assistant coach who committed the fraud and the head coach who personally selected the assistant coach ... must be accountable in this situation," athletic director Rob Bernardi said.

    The assistant also will be fired but his name was not immediately released because he had not been notified, university spokesman Michael Delaune said.

    A message left at Daye's home was not immediately returned.

    The investigation found questions involving the assistant's involvement in players' attempts to transfer summer credits from other institutions, Delaune said. He added the investigation is continuing.

    Daye had a 19-36 record in five seasons at Nicholls of Division I-AA. The Colonels finished 5-6 in 2003, third in their conference.



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    -08-17-2004, 10:58 AM
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