Violence broke out in the stands over the weekend during a football game between longtime rivals University of Arizona and Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Ariz.
In the middle of an argument, an unidentified older man kicked an ASU fan in the face, notes CBS Chicago.
The cell phone video (below) was shot by an unidentified audience member.
After the kick, several ASU fans went after the senior, who responded by swinging punches, but the video ends.
A source told TMZ, "The old man was yelling at some undergrads and some girls. He was told to 'shut his mouth.' The old man took offense. He kicked. He then got what he deserved. He was destroyed."
The same source claims that stadium security personnel came to the scene and "[the old man] and his redneck family were kicked out," but the ASU fans who assaulted him were allowed to stay.
An unidentified woman, who claims that she was raped by Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, says that she was told by Tallahassee, Fla. police not to report the alleged assault or her life would “be made miserable.”
The family of the alleged victim recently released a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, which read: "When the attorney contacted Detective [Scott] Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.”
The family also claims that Detective Angulo refused to collect Winston's DNA or interview his roommate because it would have alerted the Heisman Trophy candidate and forced the case to go public.
The woman, who attended Florida State University, claims that Winston sexually assaulted her on Dec. 7, 2012. Her family says that a DNA sample was taken via rape kit.
ESPN reports that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed on Tuesday that a DNA sample recently provided by Winston matched the DNA sample taken from the woman’s underwear.
Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, maintains that Winston, who has not been charged, is innocent.
Jansen said yesterday that it's no surprise the DNA is a match because Winston had consensual sex with the woman.
"We are not surprised with the results of the DNA," Jansen told USA Today. "We voluntarily submitted to a DNA. The only thing we are surprised by is it was leaked out by law enforcement. The question the people should ask is, why is it being leaked? For what purpose?"
Winston has not talked to Tallahassee police or the state attorney investigating the case. The woman’s family claims Jansen was told back in February by police that the case was "inactive."
Tallahassee Police Chief Tom Coe said Wednesday that the case was classified as "inactive" in February per the victim’s request, which the family contradicted.
“The victim was devastated when she learned late last week that the Tallahassee Police Department had informed Winston’s attorney as far back as February, which allowed him all of this time to create his defense and prepare his witnesses,” the family said in their statement. “The victim cannot fathom that the State Attorney’s Office was not given the same opportunity.”
State Attorney William Meggs says he will decide by the end of the month whether or not to press charges in the nearly-year-old case.
Alabama State University spelled out "Trayvon" during the halftime of a college football game against Jackson State on Saturday.
Both schools are black universities.
Southwestern Athletic Conference Commissioner Duer Sharp tweeted a picture of the tribute to Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot in February 2012 by George Zimmerman, notes AL.com.
Zimmerman was acquitted of the shooting this summer, but was in the news today when his estranged wife Shellie called 911.
She claimed on the 911 call that Zimmerman was sitting in a car, with a gun, outside her parents' Lake Worth, Fla. home.
Shellie also told the 911 operator that Zimmerman had punched her father in the nose.
However, Shellie refused to press charges against her soon-to-be ex-husband, whose gun was confiscated by police.
The six points that the Georgia Bulldogs received for scoring their first touchdown of the year came at a heavy price. The team’s top receiver, Malcolm Mitchell, will miss the rest of the season after injuring himself while he was celebrating the scoring play, a 75-yard run by Todd Gurley. To make matters worse, Georgia ended up losing the game to Clemson, 38-35.
Bulldogs coach Mark Richt announced Sunday that Mitchell did damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he landed awkwardly during the celebration.
"[Mitchell] actually hurt it in the exuberance of the first touchdown of the game for us when he went to congratulate his teammate," Richt said. "I think he jumped up and chest bumped or whatever, and he landed in a bad way and that's when he knew something had happened."
"Malcolm unfortunately has an ACL injury that needs to be repaired here. I'm not sure when we'll do the surgery, but sometime in the near future. So what we thought happened did happen. It was confirmed by the MRI today."
Mitchell totaled 40 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns last season, ESPN reported.
"We've got other guys that have gone deep that can make plays for us, but Malcolm was certainly one guy that can do that," Richt said. "He had great speed, quickness, he would snatch the ball in traffic. He was a great competitor."
Gurley also left the game after his long touchdown run but, unlike Mitchell, he got back on the field.
"I do not think after talking to Todd after the game that it's anything that's going to be serious at all," Richt said. "You never know how a guy's going to feel the next day, but I think Ron would have said something to me if he thought something was going on with Todd or with anyone else."
The parents of a college football player who died after a second concussion have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit charging that coaches let their son back on the field during four consecutive practice sessions despite the fact that he was bleeding from his forehead. The parents of deceased Frostburg State University football player Derek Sheely also claim he was never checked for a concussion or to see if his helmet was properly fitted. Sheely was 22.
"One of Derek's teammates described the demeanor of the practices leading up to Derek's fatal injury as completely 'out of control,"' the lawsuit said. "What is more, the word 'concussion' is not stated a single time in Frostburg's team policies. Thus, the coaches treated all injuries — brain injuries and ankle sprains — the same: You were expected to play through them."
The school, the NCAA, head coach Thomas Rogish and helmet-maker Schutt Sports have all been named as defendants in the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the full-speed drills during the Division III school's preseason camp were "a gladiatorial thrill for the coaches."
During the "Oklahoma Drill," players were subjected to nearly nonstop, head-to-head collisions, which could have caused dozens of concussive or sub-concussive blows, the lawsuit said.
Dr. Robert Cantu, a Boston neurologist and leading expert on sports concussions, said that injuries caused by a concussion that occur before a previous one has fully healed can prove fatal within minutes, ABC 7 reported.
Sheely mentioned to an assistant coach he "didn't feel right" and had a headache on Aug. 22, 2011. He walked off the field, collapsed and died six days later.
The NCAA agreed earlier this month to try to negotiate a class-action settlement with regard to the thousands of concussions already suffered by student athletes. According to the Sheely’s lawsuit, the NCAA was originally formed to protect student athletes.
"Today, those words ring hollow," the suit said. "Derek's life was sacrificed to a sport."
If you are a college football fan or someone who watches the four letter network then I'm sure you've heard or read about this story but I still felt it needed to be posted here at the blog.
During the Nebraska Cornhuskers spring game, a seven year old cancer patient ran for a 69 yard TD. Former Nebraska stand-out RB Rex Burkhead has become involved with Team Jack and with the help of the administration and FB C.J. Zimmerer came the idea of getting Jack Hoffman involved in the spring game.
On fourth and one, Jack Hoffman was inserted into the game in his Rex Burkhead jersey and he took a Taylor Martinez hand-off and with a little direction from Taylor, he was off to the races.
In college football it's too often that we hear about the bad things that happen. It's nice to hear about the good things once in a while. Kudos to Bo Pellini and the entire Nebraska family for bringing this to us.
Get more great college football analysis over at College Football Zealots.
Joker Phillips finished his career as the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats with a total record of 13-24 and an SEC record of just 4-20. 2012 was the worst of the three years for Phillips as his team finished in the basement of the SEC East and went just 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the SEC.
Coming into the 2012 season, the Wildcats had lost Danny Trevathan and Winston Guy Jr off their defense and looked to take a step back on that side of the football but there was hope that the offense would improve. I tabbed Kentucky at 4-8 before the season while the Kentucky faithful were looking more at 5 or 6 wins. Even with those low expectations, winning two games was too much to keep Joker around for another year.
Kentucky now turns to Mark Stoops as he takes over for Phillips. Stoops has a background as a defensive guy, as did Rich Brooks who was fairly successful before Phillips took over, who coached most recently at FSU. Stoops turns to Neal Brown to handle the offensive duties and if his tenure at Texas Tech and Troy is any indication he will be throwing the ball around a bit.
Coming into 2012, Kentucky was the 12th most experienced team in the SEC (only Auburn and Mississippi State had less experience according to Phil Steele). Despite the youth, Phil Steele still has them listed 53rd in terms of returning starters for the 2013 season.
Offensively, Kentucky has been dead last in the SEC the last two years in points scored (17.9 in 2012 and 15.8 in 2011) so it will be crucial that Brown gets these guys up to speed on his system. The Wildcats have three young QBs in Maxwell Smith, Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles and it will be interesting to watch this spring and fall to see if one of those guys takes to the new system and jumps out in front of his peers. Kentucky has talent at RB with Raymond Sanders and CoShik Williams but have struggled to keep their guys healthy. The loss of offensive lineman Larry Warford will hurt.
Defensively, Kentucky took a step back in 2012 allowing 6.3 more points per game than in 2011. They will be better on defense this season with Stoops, they almost have to be. Whether or not they are significantly better as a whole will be whether or not the offense can get going and how early in the season they can get going. The schedule, at least in the early going, is not going to be Kentucky's friend in 2013. After starting with two very winnable mid-major games they play Louisville, Florida, South Carolina and then Alabama. Ouch. Winning those first two games (against WKU with Bobby Petrino and Miami, OH) will be a big key for Stoops getting this young team to believe in 2013. Despite the tough schedule, it's impossible to believe that this team won't be better than they were last season. The question is how much better will they be?
Here is the South Carolina football highlights from the 2012 regular season.
It was a very, very interesting year.
Check it out:
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A marginally factual and hastily thrown together preview of tonight's main event will be up later this afternoon, but for now, a few memories of spending multiple hours in and around Legion Field, where Ole Miss proved that 6-6 was a generous record for Pittsburgh.
1. Game day organization and attention to detail were largely ignored by those who operate the logistics arm of the Compass Bowl, but rather than complain about it, both Ole Miss and Pitt should use it as motivation to never wind up in Birmingham again
2. Traffic before the game was somewhat irritating, as Birmingham cops blocked off streets and used only a few main streets to funnel people to Legion Field, but given the area surrounding the stadium, this could have been a preemptive strike on property loss/damage reports they'd have to fill out as a result of people choosing less-traveled paths
3. Quite possibly my favorite part of the in-stadium experience was that the people selling food/drink/miscellaneous items pretty much wore whatever was in their closet that morning; no uniforms or identification of any kind were used by the Compass Bowl, but if a dude was behind a fold-out table and said beers were $5 a piece, I trusted him
4. Actually, my favorite part of the in-stadium experience was Birmingham's mayor, speaking before the game, when he welcomed the fans of each school and said, "And Pitt fans, (slight chuckle) welcome back!"
5. If you have a television that was manufactured after 1997, you have a higher quality visual display that the jumbotron/screen at Legion Field; my favorite part of the screen was a black rectangle that spent the first quarter blocking portions of the screen
6. As for the game, the Ole Miss defense wins the MVP, as they dominated up front and only allowed points when the Ole Miss offense (AHEM, BO WALLACE) turned it over; if they can get some depth at defensive tackle, the defensive line has a chance to be very good next year
7. And Bo Wallace, UGH, if he stops making the handful of authentically horrible decisions he makes in every game, he could be one of the better quarterbacks Ole Miss has ever had; Hugh Freeze's offense is good for any quarterback, but he has the arm strength and enough athleticism to pile up some strong numbers over the next two years
8. Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the impressive display of daytime fireworks offered by the Compass Bowl; Ole Miss game day operations circa 2007 could have used some pointers on how to have daytime fireworks without knocking out power to the stadium