Oklahoma LB Frank Shannon accused of sexual assault but he denies it

Frank ShannonOklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon missed practice Thursday and did not play in the team’s spring game Saturday for “personal reasons,” and now we know why: he’s been accused of sexual assault.

Shannon, who led the Sooners with 92 tackles as a sophomore last season, is accused of trying to force a woman to have sex with him at his apartment on Jan. 20, The Oklahoman reports. Shannon denies that is the case and believes the woman either intended to set him up or filed the report as revenge for him not sleeping with her.

According to the complaint which was obtained by The Oklahoman, Shannon offered a woman a ride home after a party, but they stopped off at his apartment first. She alleges that inside his bedroom, he came up to her from behind, pulled down her pants and attempted to have sex with her. She claims he became frustrated when she wouldn’t have sex with him. Shannon supposedly went to the bathroom after asking if the woman was menstruating and she said yes. That’s when she left and met a friend outside, whom she texted to come get her. The friend called police.

Shannon told the police a different story.

Shannon told police that the woman got on top of him, kissed him and removed her clothes. Shannon says he asked if the woman was menstruating and that they argued about it. He says he left to the bathroom after.

Shannon told police that the woman either was setting him up for the rape charge or is getting revenge because she was embarrassed that he wouldn’t have sex with her.

The woman allegedly told her friend over text message that she was raped. The friend allegedly texted back an apology for calling police, saying she only wanted to protect the friend.

Once again, this is another case of whom do you believe? For now, Oklahoma appears to be taking the proper approach by not having Shannon participate in practice or games while the incident is being investigated.

Minnesota State football players refusing to practice under reinstated coach Todd Hoffner

Todd Hoffner MankatoA big situation is developing with the Minnesota State Mankato football team, which received news this week that Todd Hoffner has been reinstated as the program’s head football coach.

Hoffner was 34-13 in four seasons as head coach at Mankato, but he was removed from the practice field and arrested in Aug. 2012 after a video of his children playing around naked was found on his cellphone. He was charged with child porn, but the charges were dropped by a judge. Hoffner was still reassigned and eventually fired by Mankato last year.

Hoffner was hired in January by Minot State in North Dakota, but an arbitrator ruled that he was wrongly fired and that he could return to his Mankato job if he wanted to. He decided to return on Tuesday.

“I’m eager to return to the game and the program that I helped build,” Hoffner said Tuesday. “This is what I wanted from Day 1, and now I have the opportunity to go back, and I believe it’s the right thing to do for my family and myself.”

Though Hoffner has been reinstated, there is one big problem: the program has been operating under a different head coach since his 2012 arrest, and they’re refusing to play under Hoffner.

The MSU Reporter says the members of the football team refused to practice under Hoffner Wednesday and instead read a statement in which they expressed support for previous coach Aaron Keen.

“As a collective unit, we’ve all agreed that we will stick together and show our support in having Aaron Keen as the head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato,” junior safety Sam Thompson said in the statement.

Thompson continued: “We’ve all become outstanding community members, students and athletes in the last year and a half since the removal of Todd Hoffner. Throughout this process, we have been silent, it is time our voice is heard. We want information, we want answers, because this is our team. As a unit we have decided not to practice, because of the change-up in the coaching situation.”

The last line of the statement said that the players want Keen as their head coach. They then stormed off the field, according to the MSU Reporter, which says three players did show up in practice clothes.

Here was a tweet sent by tight end Matt Murphy:

Though Hoffner being reinstated seems like the fair solution, it’s a cumbersome one that is impractical in real life. The players have been working under a different coach to whom they have loyalty. And why should Keen be removed from his job?

We’re too far along in this messy situation to go backwards. Hoffner should probably just stay at Minot State and know that Mankato screwed him over. Going back does not seem like the solution.

Report: Second woman ‘sought counseling’ after sexual encounter with Jameis Winston

Jameis WinstonThe New York Times released a lengthy report on Wednesday that dives deeper into the Jameis Winston sexual assault investigation. In short, it gives us a better understanding of what a poor job the Tallahassee Police Department did when Winston’s accuser first came forward.

No one really knows if Winston is guilty or innocent. What we do know is that it was determined there was not enough evidence to file a charge against the Florida State star. You can thank the TPD’s incompetence for that. We’ll get into that later, but let’s first look at a second woman who claimed she had a disturbing sexual encounter with Winston.

According to the Times, prosecutors said a second woman “sought counseling” after having a sexual encounter with Winston about a month before the rape accusation went public.

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Nick Saban took fantastic picture with Alabama Gymnastics team


Nick Saban took some time on Monday to talk to the Alabama gymnastics team about a concept he is very familiar with — winning. But somewhere in between, he posed for one of the most fantastically awkward pictures you will ever see with the team.

“Don’t mind me, I’m just keeping my hands to myself here.”

Saban could not have looked more uncomfortable. Like the Crimson Tide football team, the gymnastics team won national championships in 2011 and 2012. Loosen up, Nick — you guys have more in common than you think.

H/T The Big Lead
Photo: Twitter/Sarah Patterson

Chad Kelly disrespectful to Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, was kicked off Clemson team, deleted Twitter

Chad Kelly ClemsonFormer four-star quarterback Chad Kelly was kicked off the Clemson football team Monday amid a whirlwind of negative events over the past few days.

Kelly, who is the nephew of former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and was entering his sophomore season, was benched for the second half of the team’s spring game on Saturday for having verbal arguments with coaches.

Coach Dabo Swinney issued this statement announcing Kelly’s dismissal.

“I have dismissed Chad Kelly for conduct detrimental to our program. He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program. I hope he will mature and grow from this and become the man and player I know he can be. I wish him nothing but the best in the future academically and athletically.”

What are some of the things he’s done? In addition to getting into it with some of the team’s coaches Saturday, Kelly also was involved in a fender-bender with Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers last Thursday. Rogers wrote the following on her Twitter account to explain what happened:

“With countless texts, tweets and inaccurate reports, I would like to explain exactly what happened in regards to Chad Kelly, who was dismissed from the Clemson Football team today. Last Thursday night, he was riding with someone who backed into my car in my apartment complex. I said I was going to call the police to file the proper report, and Chad got out of the car asking me not to call. He became very agitated and was extremely disrespectful. As proud as I am to be part of the Clemson Football program, it was very disheartening that he showed no remorse for his behavior.

“Chad’s words and actions do not reflect what our coaches have worked so hard to instill in our players. As Coach Swinney stated earlier today, ‘Chad has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program.’ This incident was simply another example, but not the reason he was dismissed from the team. I hate all this has happened and wish Chad all the best.”

It seems like his behavior in the car incident played a role in his dismissal, as that coincides with the poor pattern of behavior he has displayed.

Clemson will have a new quarterback this fall now that Tajh Boyd has completed his eligibility, and things are looking much better for Cole Stoudt.

Kelly also deleted his Twitter account Monday.

OK, and even though this is a totally different person, just hearing “Miss South Carolina” makes me think of the South Carolina contestant at Miss Teen USA 2007:

Jameis Winston had a pretty awesome sports weekend

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston sure had a memorable weekend with Florida State athletics.

Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy last season and led the Seminoles to a national championship in football, is also a closer and outfielder with the ‘Noles baseball team. Over the weekend, he played both sports for the school.

Jameis was in Atlanta for the baseball team’s first game of their series with Georgia Tech Friday, then flew to Tallahassee to play in Florida State’s spring football game Saturday where he threw for 396 yards, and he flew back to Atlanta to be there for the baseball finale at Georgia Tech Sunday.

Winston closed out Sunday’s 5-4 win for his fifth save of the season. Though he’s only batting .133 this season (4-for-30), Winston has a 1.65 ERA having allowed just three runs in 16.1 innings.

Below is video of him talking about the the spring game.

Tip via David B.

Dorial Green-Beckham kicked off Missouri football team, will enter counseling

Dorial Green-Beckham mug shotDorial Green-Beckham has been dismissed from the Missouri football team after the school completed an investigation of an alleged incident that took place on Sunday morning.

Green-Beckham, who will be a junior in the fall and was the top receiver on the team, was suspended indefinitely while the school investigated the incident. Green-Beckham allegedly forced open the door to an apartment in search of his girlfriend and injured two women in the process.

According to the incident report, Green-Beckham allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the neck during the incident. He was not arrested as the women decided not to press charges. But that did not spare him from discipline by the football team.

“This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said in a media release announcing the move. “Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs. As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start.”

Athletic director Mike Alden had this to say:

“We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes. Though we provide the resources and mentoring to all of our student-athletes, we are also responsible to the community at large and to the ideals and values of the University of Missouri. We have determined that this was a necessary step for our football team, athletic department, the University and our community.”

Green-Beckham said in a statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he has been “young and dumb” and that he will enter counseling.

This is a bold move by Missouri and appears to set some standards for behavior. Keep in mind that this is Green-Beckham’s third incident that we know of; he was arrested twice for drug-related incidents during his time at Missouri. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up back with the program for the fall.

Green-Beckham had 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.