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Sunday, February 25, 2018

College Football

Ex-Arizona State CB arrested for making threats toward students, staff

A former Arizona State football player was taken into custody on Friday after police say he made threats toward students and staff at the university.

According to arrest records obtained by Jason Pohl of the Arizona Republic, Edward “Robbie” Robinson was arrested on Friday evening after he made “terroristic threats” on social media that he wanted to purchase a gun so he could “spray the stadium” and shoot people. His bond was set at $50,000.

An alert was issued for the Arizona State campus on Friday after police became aware of the threats. Robinson, who has not been enrolled at the school for over a year, was booked on suspicion of terroristic threats, disruption of an educational institution and possession of marijuana.

One in a series of tweets from the Twitter account Robinson was believed to be using appeared to show a screenshot of a text message he received from a police officer who expressed concern over the things he was saying.

Robinson — or whoever was using the account — also expressed frustration with former Arizona State coach Todd Graham. One tweet said people were trying to have him arrested because “these crackers done programmed society so bad that if you’re unapologetically black, you’re a threat.”

Threats of this nature are being taken even more seriously in the wake of the latest mass shooting, which left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was also taken into custody on Friday after a disturbing threat was posted on his Twitter account.

Scott Frost planning to use Tom Osborne as resource at Nebraska

Scott Frost

Scott Frost is looking to bring a new attitude to Nebraska, and he is hoping the man who presided over the most successful run in Cornhuskers football history can help him accomplish that goal.

As he tries to erase the leftover stench from Nebraska’s 4-8 season last year, Frost says he plans to lean on Nebraska coaching legend Tom Osborne for advice.

“Coach was in here this morning and I’m going to lean on him for wisdom and advice,” Frost told Tom Shatel of Omaha World-Herald on Thursday. “We’ve got to be careful with how we use (Osborne) because there are rules against someone who has been with the university helping coach on certain things. Any possible way we can use him I will. He’s been up in the office quite a bit here. I’m thrilled that he’s coming in. He looks happy that he’s able to come in and there are people in the offices that he’s comfortable being around. Makes me happy for Coach.”

Osborne won three national championships with Nebraska in the 1990s, and Frost was the starting quarterback for the 1997 title team. He helped the Cornhuskers beat a Peyton Manning-led Tennessee team in convincing fashion. Osborne was the head coach at Nebraska from 1973-1997, and he later returned in 2007 to serve as the school’s athletic director for seven years.

Frost said he is confident Nebraska will give him the time needed to return the football program to its glory days.

“That’s honestly one of the reasons why our coaching staff decided this was the best opportunity,” he said. “We knew that we would have unanimous support here with the state of the football program as it was, with our familiarity with the state, this is one of the few places where they would be patient with us and let us build it the right way.”

Reports during the 2017 season indicated that Osborne was one of the people who helped convince Frost to leave the successful UCF program he had built to return to his alma mater. It’s really no surprise the head coach considers Osborne something of a mentor.

H/T Land of 10

Saquon Barkley getting his own day, parade in hometown

Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley will be the honored with his own day and a parade in his hometown in Pennsylvania next month.

Barkley went from a high school football star in Pennsylvania to an All-American at Penn State. The standout running back announced shortly after the Fiesta Bowl that he was entering this year’s NFL Draft. Before Barkley turns pro, he will be saluted in his home state.

On March 14, Harrisburg will hold “Saquon Barkley Day.” Less than two weeks later, a parade will be held in Barkley’s hometown of Coplay.

“This whole day belongs to Saquon and his family,” Stephen Burker, a Coplay Borough Council member said, according to The Morning Call. “And it’s a day for the whole community that followed him from his days at Whitehall. Whether you wore a Penn State jersey or not, you always watched him play on Saturday.”

During his three years at Penn State, Barkley became the school’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (43) and all-purpose yards (5,538). Barkley, who signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, is expected to be the first running back selected during this year’s draft.

Kirk Herbstreit tells off fan who accuses him of Ohio State bias

Kirk Herbstreit doesn’t like having his objectivity questioned.

The former Ohio State quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst shot back at a fan who questioned his objectivity over Twitter on Tuesday, saying he was objective when studying college football and telling the fan to “get over it.”

Herbstreit wouldn’t get as far as he has without being a good analyst, despite his history. There is still the occasional moment where his true colors show, but he owns up to what he feels.

Ole Miss apparel store files lawsuit against Dan Mullen, NCAA

Ole Miss logo

Rebel Rags, an apparel store specializing in Ole Miss gear, has filed a lawsuit against Dan Mullen, the NCAA and many other figures.

SI’s Bruce Feldman reported on Tuesday about Rebel Rags’ lawsuit. The Clarion Ledger’s Antonio Morales says there are seven defendants in the case: Mullen, Mississippi State’s former football coach, Scott Stricklin, the former Bulldogs AD, the NCAA, and NCAA investigator Mike Sheridan. Also named as defendants are Mississippi State football players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones, as well as Lindsey Miller, the stepfather of former Ole Miss OL Laremy Tunsil.

Rebel Rags was mentioned as part of the investigation into alleged NCAA violations committed by Ole Miss. The store’s owner, Terry Warren, was named as one of the boosters in the report and banned by the school, though he has since been reinstated.

Rebel Rags was alleged to have provided Lewis, Jones and Miller nearly $3,000 worth of free merchandise during recruiting trips, as arranged by former Ole Miss staff members Chris Kiffin and Barney Farrar.

Last June, the Clarion Ledger reported that Rebel Rags was suing Miller, Lewis and Jones for defamation, slander and conspiracy. They say the accusations are false.

Stricklin and Mullen have since moved on to the University of Florida.

A Mississippi State fan helped take down Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss, so maybe this is the way some Rebels fans are trying to get back at their rivals.

Mike Gundy clowns Texas A&M TE coach Tim Brewster over tweets

Mike Gundy

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy had a funny reaction to Tim Brewster’s recent anti-Big 12 tweets.

Brewster, who is a tight ends coach on Jimbo Fisher’s Texas A&M staff, recently tooted the horn of the SEC with a couple of his tweets:

Brewster sent those tweets likely because he is trying to convince recruits in Texas to choose to play for Texas A&M over all the other schools in the state, many of which are in the Big XII.

Of course, the tweets carry less weight when you place them in context as the Gundy brothers did. Brewster was on Fisher’s staff at Florida State, and both Mike and Cale Gundy pointed out how only a year ago, Brewster was saying the same thing about the ACC, which was FSU’s conference.

Both Mike and Cale, who is an offensive coach at Oklahoma, laughed at Brewster over his latest boast:

Brewster clearly believes that wherever he is at the moment is the best. The Gundys definitely caught him, though given Brewster’s record as a troll, we doubt he cares.

Texas coaches to wear Kevin Durant gear while recruiting

Kevin Durant

University of Texas football coaches will soon be sporting Kevin Durant-branded Nike gear when they hit the road for recruiting trips.

Durant may have only spent one season at Texas, but his impact continues to be felt around campus. In the past, Durant has hooked up the men’s basketball team with versions of his signature sneakers in colorways that match Longhorns’ uniforms. Now, football coaches will wear gear with Durant’s initials as well.

On Monday, the Twitter account for the football program shared a photo of what coaches will wear while recruiting.

Last year, head coach Tom Herman offered an embarrassing quote on the state of recruiting for Texas’ football program. According to ESPN, the Longhorns have the No. 3 recruiting class for 2018.

Getting new swag with the backing of Kevin Durant can only help going forward, right?

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