Monday, April 14, 2014

Graham Harrell joins Mike Leach at Washington State

Graham Harrell experienced scores of success when he quarterbacked Texas Tech while Mike Leach was still running things in Lubbock. Leach will hope that he and Harrell can hook up for more good times at 
Washington State.

Harrell joined Leach's staff in Pullman most likely as a "quality control" staff member since the Cougars already have nine assistants on the staff which is the maximum  mandated by the NCAA. 

Harrell racked up huge numbers in Leach's pass happy system at Texas Tech  from 2004 through 2008. During his time with the Red Raiders, Harrell racked .up a number of awards and honors including the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, 2007 Sammy Baugh Trophy and multiple All-America honors. Harrell was also voted the 2008 AT&T All-American Player of the Year in a fan vote. Harrell ended his collegiate career with 15,793 passing yards and 134 touchdowns to 34 interceptions. 

Maybe the Cougars can get on track with Leach's crazy scheme and Harrell's knowledge of the system.

Chad Kelly, nephew of Jim Kelly, kicked off Clemson football team

Chad Kelly, the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, is no longer a part of the chase to be the Clemson Tigers starting QB. In fact, he is no longer even on the team following Dabo Swinney’s announcement Monday afternoon.

“I have dismissed Chad Kelly for conduct detrimental to our program,” stated Swinney.  “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.”

There reportedly was an argument between Kelly and the coaching staff during the team’s Orange and White game on Saturday. According to an AP report he disagreed with their decision regarding going for it on a fourth down play. He was benched during the second half of the game following two interceptions. Kelly, a sophomore, was in a three-way race for the starting QB slot competing against senior Cole Stoudt and freshman Deshaun Watson.

Kelly was a red-shirt for the 2012 season then suffered a torn ACL during the 2013 Spring Game. He did play in the SC State game on September 7th. During the 2013 season, he played five games, was 10-17 in passing with a total of 58 yards. He had 16 rushes for 117 yards with a touchdown. Of those rushes, seven were at Virginia with 56 yards.

"It Girl" of the week: Shakur Sozahdah

The Just Sports & Just Us "It girl" of the week is Shakur Sozahdah.

Penn freshman Tony Bagtas arrested for his role in campus burglaries

Penn freshman Tony Bagtas has been arrested for a string of campus burglaries.

Bagtas was released from the team after being charged with 10 burglaries that took place in Penn student housing between September and March, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian. Bagtas was released prior to being arrested on March 24, the report said.

I don't know how good of a player Bagtas was or could've become, but this was a really dumb decision. Why would you sacrifice a future just to steal a few laptops? Maybe Bagtas can think about that while he sits behind bars.    

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Missouri State doesn't want Dorial Green-Beckham

High major college football players who run afoul of the law usually wind up at a school at the FCS level or NAIA and Division II.

 Former Missouri star receiver Dorial Green Beckham was recently dismissed from the football team. One school he won't be playing at is Missouri State. Missouri State president Cliff Smart has made it known that DGB is not welcome at his school.

Smart said that he, athletic director Kyle Moats and head football coach Terry Allen held a meeting to discuss the possibility of the receiver’s potential availability. The consensus answer was no. Green-Beckham will not be allowed to play there.

  "That's not the kind of player we recruit to our program," Smart said.

Green-Beckham would be eligible to play at any FCS school immediately. He can't enter the NFL's supplemental draft because he isn't three years removed from his high school class. If he transfers at the FBS level he'll have to sit out a year.

I'm sure he has options but will anyone be willing to take on the baggage he would bring to a program.

Lightning's Ryan Malone arrested for DUI and cocaine possession

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was arrested Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence and cocaine possession.

Malone's BAC was .112 and .116 according to his booking information, which is over the legal limit in Florida of .08.

"We are aware of the situation concerning Ryan Malone this morning," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "Ryan will not travel with the team to Washington today, but beyond that we cannot comment further at this time."

According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's report, Malone, 34, was arrested at 5:40 Saturday morning on Platt Street and Rome Avenue S in Tampa. There were no other immediate details. Malone was being held on $2,500 bond.

It has been a difficult season for Malone, who has just five goals, 15 points in 57 games, has been demoted to a fourth line and has been a healthy scratch in the past three games.

He has one year left on his contract. If Malone was looking to catch on with another team as a free agent he didn't help his cause.

Friday, April 11, 2014

California eyeing Xavier's Chris Mack to lead their program

California reportedly is looking to Xavier's Chris Mack to lead their basketball program. The Golden Bears are looking to replace Mike Montgomery who retired after the Bears' NIT loss to SMU.

Mack has just finished up his fifth year with the Musketeers with a loss in the First Four of the NCAA tournament to North Carolina State. Mack sports a 111-57 record and is fourth on the school's all time wins list. The Musketeers have made the NCAA tournament four times during his tenure.

Mack was linked to the Wake Forest opening before Tulsa's Danny Manning took the job in Winston-Salem.

This is nothing new for Xavier as the basketball coaches have had success and have went on to high major programs.