LSU DT Trey Lealaimatafao suffers serious injury after punching glass window

Trey-LealaimatafaoLSU freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao reportedly suffered a serious arm injury on Monday after he put his fist through a glass window in the team’s weight room. According to Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate, Lealaimatafao was rushed to the hospital after he tore muscles “down to the bone.”

Lealaimatafao allegedly punched through the window after he got into an argument with another LSU football player. Sources told Dellenger he had a “big cut” on his arm that required stitches. The injury was so bad that another person in the weight room reportedly passed out.

Lealaimatafao is likely going to need surgery and could wind up missing his freshman season. The incoming freshman was ranked one of the top 40 defensive lineman in the high school class of 2014.

The gash on Lealaimatafao’s arm was so bad that a source felt the need to tell Dellenger the injury is not career or life threatening. If this was just a minor cut that required a few stitches, I’m guessing no one would be wondering if the arm injury was going to be career-ending.

Lealaimatafao tweeted a photo from the hospital on Tuesday morning and said he is doing well.

Haven’t we learned anything from Amar’e Stoudemire and the brutal hand injury he suffered a couple years ago by punching something? If you’re that angry, just scream. Putting your hand through glass never ends well.

H/T Eye on College Football

Zach Mettenberger allegedly sucker punched by Alabama fan

Zach Mettenberger LSUZach Mettenberger is no longer the starting quarterback at LSU, but that does not mean he is free from the psychotic nature with which some SEC fans worship their football teams. Over the weekend, Mettenberger was reportedly sucker punched by an Alabama fan at a bar in Nashville.

Steve Ford, the owner of Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill, told Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean that Mettenberger did nothing to antagonize the man who hit him.

“Here’s the truth: The guy said something about ‘Roll Tide!’ to Zach, and Zach turned around and said ‘Good luck with that,’” Ford explained. “And the guy’s buddy then sucker-punched Zach.

“I promise you that Mettenberger did not throw a punch. He didn’t do anything. The guy sucker-punched him in the eye, that’s the bottom line, and the guy that punched him started running out the door. My door guys had to chase him down.”

Mettenberger, who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round, has supposedly visited Losers multiple times with first-round pick Taylor Lewan. Ford said they have never caused any trouble. Mettenberger also had to clear up what he called a “bogus rumor” that was started on a message board Sunday night about him injuring his hand in a bar fight.

[Video: Zach Mettenberger taunts Alabama fans with cell phone gesture]

While bar security was able to chase down the alleged sucker puncher, Mettenberger has chosen not to press charges.

“It is what it is and it’s over. No one is pressing charges,” Ford said. “It shouldn’t have happened to begin with. The guy said ‘Roll Tide.’ He tried to provoke him. But Zach did not throw one punch, period. I was standing right next to him.”

Mettenberger started 25 games between his junior and senior seasons at LSU, so he is plenty familiar with the rivalry between the Tigers and Crimson Tide. Still, you never expect someone to take it that far. If the incident happened like Ford said it did, I’m surprise Mettenberger is letting the guy off the hook.

H/T Dan Wetzel

Texas reportedly was prepared to offer Nick Saban $100 million

Nick SabanNick Saban took some time waffling between Texas and Alabama last year, and now we have a better understanding of what may have made the choice so difficult.

According to radio/TV host Paul Finebaum, Texas was prepared to give Saban a $100 million offer to coach the Longhorns football team.

Below is an excerpt from Finebaum’s upcoming book “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football,” which was co-written by ESPN’s Gene Wojchiechowski. According to AL.com, which received an advance copy of the book, Finebaum says Texas going to offer Saban a $15 million signing bonus and total package that would pay him $100 million-plus.

Here’s what AL.com says:

“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” Finebaum and Wojchiechowski write. “Depending on whom you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million (plus performances).”

Saban instead signed a contract extension with Alabama in December which pays him at least $6.9 million per year through 2022.

What do you make of this Texas offer? Did the Longhorns actually give him this offer and did he turn it down? Or did talks never get to that stage? If Saban were really told by Texas he could get $100 million, that would have to have commanded his attention and caused him to consider the job, which he did. Who can blame him for that?

Saban ultimately said he was too old to start over somewhere else, and that does make sense. How long would he have had to stay at Texas to see all of that money? 10 years? At this point for Saban it probably is not about the cash but about maintaining his dynasty and building a legacy of one of the greatest college football coaches ever.

Kevin Sumlin tired of Johnny Manziel questions at SEC Media Day

Kevin Sumlin SECTexas A&M is going to miss Johnny Manziel now that the former Heisman Trophy winner has left school for the NFL. But one thing they won’t miss is all the attention he attracted.

Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin was asked a few questions about Manziel during his press conference at SEC Media Day Tuesday and quickly got sick of hearing about his former player.

“Obviously there was a lot of attention on Johnny Manziel. How are things different with him gone on the field and off the field?” Sumlin was asked.

As you can see around the 4:45 mark in the video, Sumlin didn’t give much of an answer.

“How much will the offense miss Johnny Manziel this year? Do you expect the offense to roll on as it’s done without him?” he was asked (7:25 mark in the video).

“Why would I expect it not to? Our expectations are to move the football, score and win.”

Sumlin was also asked, “What is it like not coaching Johnny Manziel?”

His response was funny.

“Let me get this straight: your question is what’s it like not coaching Johnny Manziel?”

He laughed at that question and gave the differences between the NFL and college ball. But after another about Johnny Football — this one about the alleged cocaine pictures — Sumlin decided he’d had enough.

“Ever since the party photos of Johnny emerged, have you had a chance to visit him and, if so, what have you shared with him? What advice have you given him?” Sumlin was asked.

“Is this the SEC Media Days? No, that’s a great question about the Cleveland Browns. Anybody else got something?”

Can you really blame Sumlin for getting frustrated with the questions? Texas A&M was practically encouraging Manziel to leave for the NFL because they felt like they could no longer handle him. He had outgrown college football. And you can tell Sumlin will be relieved when he doesn’t have to answer those questions anymore. But if his team struggles, you can bet he’ll wish he still had Manziel at quarterback.

Braxton Miller thinks he, LeBron and Johnny Manziel are now faces of Ohio


Braxton Miller may have officially won LeBron-mania on Friday with the tweet he sent shortly after LeBron James announced he was going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is suddenly a sports town loaded with star power. LeBron and his buddy Johnny Manziel are the biggest names, but Miller is still big man on campus (literally speaking, of course).

“Ohio,” Miller wrote along with the photo you see above before deleting his tweet.

Why did Miller delete that? King James, Johnny Football and BRAXTON MILLER all together in one sports city! Is this everything the fans of Cleveland could have hoped for or what? They’re officially the new Big Three.

FSU WR Jesus Wilson charged with grand theft scooter

Jesus-WilsonFlorida State wide receiver Jesus Wilson was arrested on Monday after he admitted to stealing a motor scooter and crashing it last month. Court documents that were obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat on Thursday said that Wilson, 19, is facing a charge of grand theft of a motor vehicle. We like to call it grand theft scooter, because it sounds funnier.

Wilson has been suspended from the FSU football team as a result of the incident. According to the documents, a man said he parked his scooter in front of the Love building on the Florida State campus last month and returned to find it had been stolen. Less than a week later, police stopped Wilson when they noticed he was driving a scooter that met the description.

Wilson claimed he borrowed the scooter — which was now damaged — from a friend but could not provide officers with any contact information for the person. On Monday, Wilson emailed investigators and admitted to taking the scooter because he saw the keys were in the ignition. He said he planned to return it and also admitted to crashing it.

As Hunter Pence could tell you, having your scooter stolen is no fun. Wilson, who played mostly on special teams last season, was expected to compete for a starting job with the Seminoles this year. Time will tell how much his idiotic decision will set him back.

H/T The Big Lead

Jimbo Fisher and family caught a huge shark while fishing


Jimbo Fisher just seems to be winning at everything these days. The Florida State head coach is probably still high on his team’s BCS National Championship win back in January, and he brought some of that good karma with him on a family fishing trip earlier this week.

Fisher’s wife Candi tweeted the photo you see above on Tuesday evening, which shows a shark that is at least 6 or 7 feet in length. Since the Fishers were able to get the beast onto the boat, we can’t quite call it as awesome of a catch as that fish Mike Trout and company caught last year.

And yes, I thought about making a “Fisher” joke and decided that would be just too easy.

H/T Dr. Saturday