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Memphis Student Brandon Transou Claims He Had Jaw, Nose Broken by Football Players in Brutal Attack

Memphis student Brandon Transou (pictured) is in the hospital and being treated for a broken nose and jaw suffered when he was attacked by a large group of men, WREG reports.

The school’s police chief says his department is currently investigating the attack that allegedly took place outside a campus rec center. Here’s what they say happened:

Transou’s mother claims her son was attacked on campus outside the Rec Center by a group of 25 men. “Some guys, the football team had jumped him over a basketball game,” said Transou’s mother Teresa McFarland

“Next thing they knew, they say they started jumping him, my son was kicked in the face, one of his friend’s ear was bitten off,” said McFarland.

Obviously we have no idea what went on, but that’s pretty disgusting that someone would bite a person’s ear off. And I have a difficult time imagining what could have been done or said to inspire such a beating. That’s just messed up.

For additional background, Transou played high school football in Jackson, Tenn. and was hoping to play college football.

H/T to Kegs ‘N Eggs

Accepting Memphis’ $10 Million Would Be Ultimate Cash Grab

One of the biggest gripes amongst those dissatisfied with the shifting landscape in college football conferences is that it’s nothing but a cash grab. While these conferences are looking to add teams to boost their overall revenue, I believe the money made from TV deals will be put to good use by the schools. For instance, the extra revenue could help balance the budgets of the various athletic departments by paying the bills of the other athletic teams. Additionally, the money could go to the university’s general fund to support institutional research and help keep tuition fees down. In stark contrast is what’s going on with Memphis. According to Gary Parrish at CBS Sports, the CEO at FedEX, Fred Smith, is willing to offer a BCS conference $10 million per year to let Memphis in as a member. If any of the six eligible conferences comply, it would be a signal of the ultimate cash grab.

The shift we’re seeing across the conferences centers around one issue: football. The football programs are the ones bringing in the money and funding the rest of the athletic teams at most schools. The football programs are generating the big bucks for the conferences. The football programs are the reason Texas A&M is negotiating with two major conferences while Kansas and its historic basketball program has become a neglected child. Great, now that we’ve established that the changes are all about football, we have the answer to why Memphis has no place in a BCS conference.

Although Memphis had good seasons in 2003 and 2004 under Tommy West and they’ve had two fine players in DeAngelo Williams and Isaac Bruce, they have no history as a program. What notable accomplishment has Memphis’ football program ever achieved? What fan base do they have? What, besides $10 million a year, could Memphis’ football team possibly offer a BCS conference? Absolutely nothing, and that’s why it would be nothing other than a straight up money grab for a conference to accept them.

Sources:
FedEx CEO could provide millions if BCS-affiliated league takes Memphis [Gary Parrish/CBS Sports]