Daily Archives: March 21, 2019

The most Urnge arrest you could imagine.

Read through this to the punchline at the end.

A University of Tennessee football player is accused of punching a Miami Beach police officer and then running from officers who tried to take him into custody.

Tennessee defensive back Kenneth George Jr. was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center early Thursday.

George faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct.

According to a Miami Beach police report, George was being combative with officers who was walking in the middle of Espanola Way.

Police said George was cursing at one of the officers and ignoring his commands. As the officer tried to get him out of the street, George punched him and knocked the police radio out of his hands, the report said.

George then ran away before other officers caught up with him near Espanola Way and Washington Avenue, the report said.

According to the report, once in custody, George said, “He hit me first. Why can’t I hit him back?”

Upon hearing the news, Fulmer probably nodded his head in approval and thought, “that’s the way we roll in Knoxville”.

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About those Martell floodgates

Tate Martell’s attorney is trying to soft sell the impact of the NCAA’s decision to grant his client a transfer waiver.

“This was a fact and circumstances case,” Leach said by phone Tuesday. “I don’t think this is something you will see a wholesale change to the way people look at [NCAA transfer cases]. It was a unique situation.”

He wouldn’t say what those unique facts were, but Martell’s new school was happy to fill in the blanks.

▪ Leach, according to a UM source, made the case that after landing quarterback Justin Fields from Georgia, Ohio State made no efforts to keep Martell. This argument carried weight with the NCAA.

After Ohio State landed Fields, the relationship between Martell and the Buckeyes obviously was impacted, and “no efforts were made by Ohio State to rectify the feelings between the two,” the source said. “Tate felt it was in his and Ohio State’s best interests to transfer.

Ohio State did not object to that or try to get him to change his mind.”

▪ Leach, according to those UM sources, made the case that once Martell entered the transfer portal, he was no longer affiliated with the Ohio State program and was essentially a free agent because of the way their divorce went down.

Here’s why: By the time he entered the portal, Ohio State had shown no interest in Martell staying.

“At that point,” according to a UM source, “he’s run off and now has to find a new home and found [UM].”

Now, that’s a rather sizeable leap being made there.  Showing no interest is not the same thing as being run off.  Nobody has made the statement that Ohio State revoked Martell’s scholarship.

And let’s take a moment to recall a couple of things here.  One, Martell’s initial reaction to the news that Fields was interested in an Ohio State transfer wasn’t to tuck tail and run.  Two, don’t forget that Martell once pondered a transfer waiver after the news of Urban Meyer’s suspension.

It’s hard to see this as anything more than a kid looking for greener pastures.

It’s also worth remembering what the NCAA’s waiver guidelines say.

In April, the NCAA’s Division I Council provided new guidelines for undergraduate transfer waivers:

■ The transfer is due to documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete’s control and directly impact the health, safety, and well-being of the student-athlete;

■ At the time of transfer to the certifying institution, the student-athlete would have been athletically and academically eligible and in good standing on the team had he or she remained at the previous institution;

■ The certifying institution must certify that the student-athlete meets percentage-of-degree requirements; and

■ The previous institution’s athletics administration does not oppose the transfer.

Martell doesn’t meet the first of those criteria, and it doesn’t sound like Miami is even making a half-hearted effort to argue that he did.  To meet the rest, though, Martell would have to be “in good standing on the team had he or she remained at the previous institution”, which would seem to be contradicted by an argument that he was being run off by Ohio State.

In other words, most of this is bullshit.  Martell wanted gone once it was clear he was being supplanted by Fields.  Ryan Day didn’t have a problem accommodating Martell in that regard.  That’s it.  And here’s the thing — there’s nothing wrong with granting a transfer waiver under those circumstances.  If a kid doesn’t want to stay at a program and his coach doesn’t care if he leaves, then why should there be a limitation imposed on his decision to transfer?  Indeed, that should be the easiest of calls.

Unfortunately, nobody seems willing to couch the NCAA’s decision in such a way, and that’s because the waiver guidelines don’t allow for it.  In my mind, that’s why I feel the floodgates have opened; if you’ve got a rule that you don’t care to follow, it’s not much of a rule.

The next test case I’m curious to follow will be the one where a coach “releases” a player, but restricts the kid from transferring to certain programs and the player, or more accurately, the player’s attorney objects.  Is that a situation where the player is being run off, or not?

Hair splitting is a beyotch.

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Your daily Dawg porn

Pinch me, I’m (still) dreaming.

In the 2018 season, Georgia rushed for more than 6,000 yards and 30 touchdowns, thanks in large part to a solid offensive front. In 2009, four-fifths of that offensive line – Andrew Thomas, Isaiah Wilson, Solomon Kindley and Cade Mays – are back, as is seasoned guard Ben Cleveland.

Even the remaining 20% has significant game experience.

The missing piece of the puzzle is at center, where Lamont Gaillard started for the past three seasons but has now moved on. Sophomore Trey Hill, who played in all 14 games last season, started at guard in four games and filled in at Kentucky after Gaillard went out early with an injury, appears to be the front-runner.

And — guess what? — Hill has two studs in sophomore Jamaree Salyer and early-enrollee Clay Webb breathing down his neck.

Sam Pittman is a golden god.

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“A disqualification is a very severe penalty.”

It turns out people are concerned it’s hard to determine whether a targeting penalty is warranted.

A players receiving a second targeting penalty in a season resulting in a suspension is a rule change unlikely to pass, according to the chair of the NCAA Football Oversight Committee. West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons told CBS Sports that the nature of the targeting penalty itself makes more discussion imperative.

Such suspensions were proposed by the NCAA Football Rules Committee earlier this month. Their passage will be considered in April by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP).

“I would say all of [the rules changes] — with the exception of the dismissal — will probably be approved,” Lyons said. “That one probably needs a bit more discussion.”

For a player hit with a second targeting penalty, the rules committee proposed an immediate suspension for the remainder of that game and the next game. That proposal is one of the more contentious this year. Critics have said it is unfair to suspend a player for an act that is so difficult to define.

“They went through some video and we all had to vote whether it was targeting,” Lyons said. “Out of 10 slides, it was probably three of the 10 we were 100 percent consensus. The other seven, you’re waffling one way or another.”

Gosh, who could have known?

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2019 UGA Football Spring Guide released.

Here you go.

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The American Athletic Conference gets a raise.

It’s pretty substantial, relatively speaking.

The American Athletic Conference and ESPN reportedly have reached a long-term agreement that is worth $1 billion. The new deal would pay UCF and other AAC schools close to $7 million per year when it goes into effect to start the 2020-21 academic year.

ESPN would pay an average of $83.3 million per year, according to the Sports Business Journal. That’s four times the amount the AAC receives through its current rights agreement of a little more than $20 million annually.

The new deal runs through 2031-32.

It includes an annual payout of $6.94 million per AAC school, which is up $5 million from the current rights deal payout.

Sure, that pales in comparison to your typical P5 partnership arrangement, but four times more is still four times more.  The real indicator this is a mid-major deal is this:

However, according to SBJ’s John Ourand, the new AAC agreement does include language that would protect ESPN financially in the event top programs leave the American and join other conferences during the contract.

Mickey doesn’t get to bargain for that kind of bet-hedging with the SEC.

In any event, what this really tells us is that, despite all the Clay Travis-type warnings about ESPN’s bleak future and what that means for college athletics, there’s still no safer place for a television network to put its money than live sports product.

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The spirit of Jimmy Williamson lives on.

Insert your Mudcat’s car reference here:

The University of Georgia Police Department is reporting the arrest of a Georgia Bulldog football player. Jaden Hunter faces misdemeanor charges that include driving with a suspended license and standing/stopping/parking in a prohibited area.

Question for you:  is stopping in a prohibited area a greater threat to public safety than emerging from an alley?  I mean, that’s a tough call.

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UPDATE:  Weiszer has the deets, and they’re about what you’d expect.

Hunter was the driver of a 2011 Dodge Charger that UGA police spotted stopped at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday with flashers activated on the East Campus Village Access road, according to an incident report. The car was unattended.

A police officer turned around in a surface lot and returned to the vehicle and Hunter entered the car and began to drive away. Hunter was pulled over outside the Rooker Hall parking lot. Hunter told police he had left the car to use the bathroom. When asked for his license, Hunter said he did not have it on him.

A check on driver information showed that Hunter’s license was suspended for failure to appear since March 12 for a violation from Sept. 20, 2018.

Hunter was arrested and issued the two misdemeanor citations. A Georgia teammate arrived on the scene to remove the vehicle.

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