A five-star recruiting prospect, accused of felony burglary, watched a University of Georgia athlete while she slept and continues to use the iPhone he denied taking from the dorm room she shared with other female athletes, according to a search warrant released by the Clarke County Clerk’s Office last week.
That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.
Police called Salomon’s high school coach Michael Tunsil, who said Salomon denied doing anything wrong and denied leaving the football players’ suite after they went to sleep at 3 a.m. But video surveillance from Busbee Hall from July 19 shows Salomon looking around on the first floor of Busbee Hall between 5:55-6:42 a.m., according to the warrant.
Just tell me this is no longer true.
Salomon, one of Florida’s top high school receivers for the Class of 2016, has scholarship offers from Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and LSU, among others. [Emphasis added.]
Surely Georgia is no longer interested. Besides, this kid’s not sharp enough for college.
As much as we tend to focus on bad behavior and what seems like the inevitable exodus from Athens that follows, it’s worth remembering that sometimes it’s about good kids that screw up and deserve that second chance. (I know, I sound like Malzahn there.) Davin Bellamy sounds like one of those kids.
“It was my mistake and, the way I was raised by my mother, if you do something own up to it,” Bellamy said last week. “It was nobody else’s fault. I shouldn’t have put myself in that situation. So whatever punishment happened, I felt like it was something I needed to do without complaining. You usually complain when you think something wasn’t fair or wasn’t right. But I knew it was my mistake and it was going to lead to that. So there was no reason to complain about it.”
Slowly but surely, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound athlete is starting to show the promise his coaches have seen in him since he arrived as a 4-star prospect. As a backup to entrenched starter Jordan Jenkins at the Jack position, Bellamy has recorded six tackles and a tackle for loss in three games.
“It definitely made me appreciate the game more, made me appreciate every snap,” Bellamy said. “I could have been kicked off the team, but Coach Richt decided to give me another chance. So every time I’m out there playing, I’m reminding him and thanking him for giving me that second chance.”
Admittedly, there’s a fine line to tread about when it’s right to give someone that opportunity. And the line should be more about reading a player’s character than his on the field contributions.
In Jonathan Taylor’s situation, what do you figure is the loophole to the Malzahn Rule?
I mentioned the other week hearing rumors that Auburn was recruiting former Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor. Well, it sounds like shit’s gettin’ real now.
While his legal issues have yet to be resolved, Taylor is currently on the road to redemption at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss.
According to 247Sports, he is being recruited by Auburn, LSU and Louisville. He unofficially visited LSU on Saturday and will “probably” visit Auburn this weekend for the Louisiana Tech game.
“Redemption” is such an amorphous term for a guy who believes – nay, knows – he’s a good guy. After all, it’s not him, it’s us: “I just feel like everybody has the wrong impression of me right now.”
Gee, I wonder how that happened.
- Last Saturday marked the sixth straight conference game in which Florida failed to score more than two touchdowns in regulation play.
- I know this is tongue in cheek, but it reads like some of the comments I see here at the blog now and then.
- Ed Orgeron was reportedly offered the head coaching job at Nicholls State and turned it down.
- Forget who’s the #2 quarterback at Georgia… who’s the #2 tailback?
- Scott Albrecht takes a look at comparing recruiting and performance.
- Senator goes after Big Game Bob in a USA Today editorial.
- FSU’s got a weird sense of priorities when it comes to Jameis Winston: no football suspension for theft or allegations of sexual assault (hell, no investigation, for that matter), but a half game suspension for talking dirty. Is Jimbo Fisher getting tired of his antics?
- I’ve gotta give Russ Mitchell credit for one thing. When it comes to Georgia bashing, he’s one consistent fellow.
Several dishes are filled for your dining pleasure.
- With due respect to Groo, in reference to the playcalling on 1st and goal at the 4, it’s not that we forget how Georgia had scored its previous two touchdowns. It’s that we remember how the Dawgs scored their first touchdown of the second half.
- Selling the Fainting Goat: “I was talking to the guy across from me, saying, ‘Wow, there is some thick air down here in Miami,” Mays said.
- Who’s to blame for Kentucky’s less than stellar recruiting over the years? Would you believe Bear Bryant?
- I don’t know about you, but when I read stories like this, my first thought is Second Chance U.
- Evidently, tall cornerbacks are the thing again in recruiting.
- Jackie Sherrill thinks that 7-on-7 drills have had the biggest impact on college football in the last decade.
- And Derek Mason says, “Patton Robinette is our quarterback.” Except when he’s not.
Gah, this is repellent.
In April, Missouri star Dorial Green-Beckham busted into the home of his girlfriend with such force that he broke through the drywall surrounding the door. He pushed one of her roommates down four stairs, according to a police report of the incident, and then the 6-foot-6, 225-pound wide receiver dragged his girlfriend out of the apartment by her neck.
Missouri kicked Green-Beckham off the team but he was never charged with a crime. His girlfriend’s roommate declined to press charges, saying she feared the backlash from fans and attention from the media. Police called Green-Beckham’s girlfriend “extremely uncooperative,” and police records show she texted her roommate: “Football really is all he has going for him, and pressing charges would ruin it for him completely.”
Three months later, Green-Beckham was accepted at Oklahoma, getting a fresh start with one of the most successful football programs in the country. It was a move that Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione admitted the school would be unlikely to repeat today. “If someone presented a case like that now, I think you would be fair to say that he probably wouldn’t be at Oklahoma,” Castiglione said.
“Probably”. Gah, indeed.
The only thing that’s changed between then and now was the emergence of the Ray Rice tape. Castiglione is basically admitting that Green-Beckham’s behavior in and of itself wasn’t a deal breaker. It’s just that the optics are worse now.
Castiglione stressed that Oklahoma didn’t regret admitting Green-Beckham. His stance that OU may not take Green-Beckham now is simply reflective of how the scrutiny level has changed. “Just because of the attention and the cases now in the public consciousness, the university would have been unlikely to take on a situation like that,” Castiglione said.
My only question is whether that passes the Auburn test.