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Miami LBs JaWand Blue, Alex Figueroa admit to drugging and raping 17-year-old

Alex-FigueroaTwo University of Miami football players were arrested and charged with sexual battery on Tuesday morning after they admitted to police that they gave a 17-year-old girl alcohol and raped her. The players, linebackers JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa, have been dismissed by the team and suspended from school.

According to an arrest affidavit which was obtained by the Miami Herald, the incident occurred early Saturday morning at Pearson Hall on the Miami campus. Blue and Figueroa allegedly gave the victim a narcotic (or knew of someone who did) without her consent that made her “physically helpless to resist.” The two 20-year-olds admitted to buying the victim drinks and bringing her back to Figueroa’s dorm room, where they performed sexual acts on her without consent.

The victim reported the crime to campus police and Blue and Figueroa came forward on Tuesday. They were arrested and held without bond. Both former players were scheduled to appear in front of a judge on Tuesday.

Miami athletic director Blake James released a statement on Tuesday condemning the behavior.

“Earlier today, I permanently dismissed JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team,” James said. “The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement.

“Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of our students — especially student athletes — to the highest standards of moral conduct. The University is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all.”

College kids make mistakes. When those mistakes amount to something like underage drinking, we tend to forgive them. What James and Figueroa have admitted to doing is disgusting. They should end up in jail.

H/T Bruce Feldman

Robert Griffin III getting statue at new Baylor stadium

robert-griffin-iiiBaylor is opening a new 45,000-seat football stadium this fall. Robert Griffin III is a big part of the reason the Bears outgrew their old facility, so the team is thanking him in a big way. According to David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest, Baylor has decided to honor RG3 with a statue at McLane Stadium.

The 9.5-foot bronze statue will be installed and unveiled in the south end zone before Baylor’s regular-season opener against SMU at the end of August. Tom White and his wife Marcey, owners of Tom White Studios in Texas, built the statue after taking photos of Griffin in his Baylor uniform and allowing him to choose his favorite ones.

“We’d like to keep all photos of it private and anything to describe the pose so there’s some surprise at the unveiling,” Marcey told Fox Sports Southwest. “It’s gonna be awesome. It’s a great tribute to him and all of his wonderful accomplishments.”

RG3 won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor in 2011 after racking up nearly 5,000 yards of total offense and throwing 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He scored another 10 touchdowns on the ground. Griffin also led Baylor to its first bowl game in 19 years and helped put the football program back on the map.

Despite the aforementioned accomplishments, plenty of people feel that the statue is premature (see some tweets here) considering RG3 has yet to accomplish anything significant at the NFL level. Baylor is honoring him for what he did at Baylor, not what he has done with the Washington Redskins.

Steve Spurrier claims he has never lost a round of golf to a player

Steve-Spurrier-South-CarolinaWhen Steve Spurrier isn’t coaching football, he likes to get out on the golf course. They say the Ole Ball Coach has gotten pretty good at hitting the little white ball around over the years. In fact, Spurrier is such a good golfer that he has supposedly never been beaten by one of his players in over 30 years of coaching.

As ESPN.com’s David M. Hale revealed in a recent feature about college football coaches who have a love for the links, Spurrier only gives players one shot to challenge his undefeated record. The last player to give the 69-year-old a scare was former South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop, who now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Succop is a very good golfer himself, and Spurrier knew that when he challenged him. That’s why Spurrier intentionally set the match for right after spring practices ended. While the OBC had already gotten out to play a few rounds, Succop had no time in his busy schedule to practice.

“You have to pick your sports when you play someone who’s a lot better than you,” Spurrier admitted.

Succop shot a 79 and still lost to Spurrier, who shot a 77 on what he described as one of his best days. And like every loser before him, Succop never got a shot at revenge.

“All of them say, ‘Coach, when are we going to play again?’” Spurrier added. “And I say, ‘No, no, you had your chance.’”

If that’s not classic Ole Ball Coach, I don’t know what is.

H/T College Football Talk

Police think Philip Lutzenkirchen was drinking, not wearing seat belt

Philip LutzenkirchenPolice suspect that Philip Lutzenkirchen and Joseph Ian Davis were not wearing seatbelts when they were ejected from a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe during single-car crash early Sunday morning that left both of them dead and two other passengers injured. Police also believe alcohol was consumed by all four people.

AL.com shares details regarding the fatal crash:

Davis failed to stop at a stop sign at a T-intersection, crossing an intersecting road and impacting a ditch at an unknown speed before traveling an additional 89 feet and striking another ditch, according to the report. The vehicle traveled further along the edge of a church driveway before hitting a fence, going airborne for 42 feet and overturning several times near Upper Big Springs and Lower Big Springs roads.

Lutzenkirchen, a former Auburn tight end, was ejected from the vehicle and died on the scene. Davis was partially ejected and also was dead when authorities arrived.

Blood toxicology tests were performed on Lutzenkirchen and Davis, but the results will not be available for weeks.

Lutzenkirchen is most strongly known for catching the go-ahead touchdown pass from Cam Newton in the fourth quarter of Auburn’s comeback and victory over Alabama in the 2010 Iron Bowl. He caught 59 passes for 628 yards and 14 touchdowns at Auburn.

Logan Hutton catches two balls while doing a backflip (Video)

Minn-back-flipMinnesota senior wide receiver Logan Hutton caught just three passes for 31 yards last season, but that does not mean he lacks freakish athletic ability. How do we know this? Because he once caught two footballs while doing a back flip.

After posting the video you see above, the official Minnesota Football Twitter account said Hutton needed about 15 tries to finally pull off the feat and that the balls were both throw by the same person. If you ask me, 15 attempts isn’t all that many given the difficulty of the task.

Minnesota was 8-5 last season. If they can find a way to utilize Hutton’s freakish talent they could be even better in 2014.

H/T NFL.com’s Mike Huguenin

David Sills reportedly decommits from USC

David SillsDavid Sills has reportedly decommitted from USC a little more than four years after he made national news for committing to the football program as a 13-year-old.

Scout’s Brian Dohn reported news of Sills’ decommitment on Saturday.

Sills was 13 and in eighth grade when he committed to Lane Kiffin’s program. Sills was a pupil of quarterback coach Steve Clarkson, who also trained Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley, so Kiffin probably felt very comfortable offering the youngster at the time.

LBS tipster JS reminds us that almost exactly four years ago, we predicted Kiffin wouldn’t even be around at USC by the time Sills would be ready for college.

The joke at the time, aside from Kiffin going so young, was that he wouldn’t even be around by the time Sills was ready for college. With 30 scholarships being taken away over the next three years, I’m guessing Kiffin will be gone by the time young David is ready for college.

We were right on that call.

Kiffin is now the offensive coordinator under Nick Saban at Alabama after being fired midway through last season, Kiffin’s fourth at USC. Steve Sarkisian replaced Kiffin at USC and received a commitment from St. Bonaventure’s Ricky Town, who is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2015 class. Ironically, Town was previously committed to Bama and reversed after Kiffin was hired.

Sills is entering his senior season at Eastern Christian Academy, which is a new, small private school in Elkton, Maryland. They traveled to multiple states and played many powerhouse programs last season, but they only played three games in 2012 because many schools dropped them from their schedule after Maryland did not sanction them. Sills is still considered one of the better quarterback prospects in the 2015 class, and now he will likely be available again for recruiting. There is no word on where he may choose to go.

Below is his highlight reel from the 2013 season:

Todd Graham bought Bret Michaels’ Scottsdale mansion

Todd Graham Bret Michaels

Todd Graham has enjoyed success in his first two seasons at Arizona State, so the Sun Devils head coach apparently felt comfortable enough to take the risky step of buying a home in his new area. The interesting part here isn’t that Graham bought a home, it’s from whom he bought it.

According to The Arizona Republic, Graham, who has gone 18-9 over two seasons at ASU, purchased Bret Michaels’ Scottsdale mansion.

From The Republic:

Michael Todd Graham and his wife, Penni Graham, bought a 5,794-square-foot house with pool built in 2004 on the northern edge of the Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale. Todd Graham is head football coach at Arizona State University. The house was sold by Margaret and Staci Robley, as trustees of a trust for Bret Michaels in Woodland Hills, Calif. Michaels gained fame as the lead vocalist of the glam metal band Poison. He has several solo albums.

Well, I think the most notable part of this story isn’t just that Graham bought Michaels’ house, but that his full name is Michael Todd Graham. Who knew?

Seriously though, how can you beat living in the same house that Michaels used to live in? It’s probably worth paying $2.4 million just to be able to tell all your friends that. Plus, once you go Poison, every Rose Bowl has a thorn; the Fiesta Bowl is much better.

H/T Kegs N Eggs