As you all know by now, Florida’s All-American linebacker Brandon Spikes was handed a half-game suspension earlier today for trying to give a quasi-prostate exam to the eyes of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey.
In announcing the suspension, head coach Urban Meyer said that part of the reason for Spikes’ actions was the fact that the LB was poked in the eye earlier in the game.
Thanks to new reader “irishcuban”, we were pointed in the right direction to poke around (that’s what she said) and discovered the “damning” evidence being referred to.
Here’s the clip, and you be the judge. And jury. An executioner:
This is the damning evidence of Spikes being wronged?
To my eyes — and reviewing it like the Zapruder footage — it looked like a football play in which the Georgia player was attempting to block Spikes and his hands slid up the shoulder pads and knocked his lid off. Or it was even a case of the UGA player’s helmet that knocked Spikes’ helmet off.
And was it even his eyes that were hurt in this case? At the :09 mark, it looks as if Spikes reaches up to grab his ear, indicating it was the helmet being ripped off that did the damage and not some intentional eye rake.
But, certainly, the hands sliding up and knocking off the helmet could’ve led to Spikes being grazed across his eyes accidentally.
That is a far, far cry from intentionally jamming your fingers into a face mask and attempting to take a person’s eyes out.
Then again, what do we know. We’re just a bunch of them there Gator Haters.
Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms
Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.
With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future. The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.
Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.
At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas. The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.
Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels. He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.
Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”