In a scene that sounds like it’s straight out of Smokey and the Bandit — if, ya know, the Bandit was using a moped to run beer — Minnesota linebacker Gary Tinsley was arrested on a number of offenses early Sunday morning, the Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting.
And two of those charges are felonies. Involving a moped.
According to the Star Tribune, Tinsley is facing charges of fleeing police on a motor vehicle and fleeing police on foot, both of which are felonies. He’s also facing misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
Here’s the paper’s account of the early morning “events” that led to Tinsley’s arrest. And it involves a “high-speed chase” featuring a pair of mopeds.
According to Minneapolis police spokesman Jesse Garcia, a Minneapolis police lieutenant was working a “party” detail near the Minnesota campus when he noticed two people on mopeds driving the wrong way down a one-way street just after 1 a.m. The lieutenant got out of the car and tried to stop them, but the drivers fled on the mopeds, one nearly hitting the open door of the squad car.
According to the police report, the drivers drove through yards and on sidewalks. One rider dumped his moped in the 1100 block of 4th Street and fled on foot but was captured by University of Minnesota Police and identified as Tinsley. He was still in custody at Hennepin County jail as of Monday night. The other moped driver was not caught.
Again, dude’s facing two felonies for actions taken while driving a freaking moped. The only way this story could possibly get any better would be if Tinsley were car-surfing atop of the police car while sitting on his moped.
“Obviously we’re disappointed,” athletic director Joel Maturi. “Frustrated is probably a good word. But, until I know all the facts, I’m not ready to make more of a comment.”
It’s unknown whether Maturi’s disappointment stems solely from the arrest or that the arrest involved a freaking moped.
Being buried on the depth chart will ofttimes lead a player to move on and search for playing time elsewhere, and that’s what appears to be happening to the quarterback position at Tulane.
According to a report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the newspaper has learned that Devin Powell has decided to transfer out of the Green Wave football program. It also appears a destination for the redshirt season is known: Nicholls State.
As the Colonels play at the FCS level, Powell would be able to play immediately in what will be his final season of collegiate eligibility.
For what it’s worth, Tulane officials have yet to address Powell’s status with the team moving forward.
Over the past four seasons, Powell started four games. He finished his Green Wave career by completing 51 percent of his passes (116-229) for 1,204 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. The New Orleans product also rushed for minus-43 yards on 42 carries, and was sacked 21 times.
According to the Times-Picayune, Powell exited the spring third on the Green Wave’s depth chart.
The bad news for San Diego State is that its backfield has taken a hit. The good news? They still have Donnell Pumphrey.
On the negative front, head coach Rocky Long indicated that, more than likely, Marcus Stamps will miss the entire 2016 season. The redshirt junior running back recently underwent surgery on his back, the nature of which wasn’t specified by the coach.
“He won’t be back this season, probably,” Long said according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “He felt something in his back during spring practice. They kept checking him out, then they suggested he get it operated on.”
Stamps played in the first eight games of the 2015 season before a knee injury essentially sidelined him the the remaining three regular season games plus two in the postseason — the Mountain West Championship game and Hawaii Bowl. During the time he was healthy, Stamps ran for 33 yards on 16 carries.
As long as Pumphrey is healthy, though, the Aztecs’ running game should be in fine shape.
Pumphrey’s 1,651 yards rushing were seventh nationally last year. Entering his senior season, Pumphrey needs just 318 yards to surpass Marshall Faulk (4,589 from 1991-93) for the most in school history.
In last year’s opener, Christian Bell suited up for Alabama in their opener against Wisconsin. For this year’s opener, he’ll be on that Big Ten team’s sideline as they take on yet another school from the SEC.
On his Twitter account Thursday, Bell announced that he has decided to transfer into the Wisconsin football program. Over this past weekend, the linebacker announced via the same social media site that he would be transferring from the Tide.
Barring the unexpected, Bell will be forced to sit out the 2016 season and thus won’t be in uniform when UW opens against LSU at Lambeau Field. Then beginning in 2017, though, he would have four seasons of eligibility remaining.
Bell took a “grayshirt” for the 2015 season, ultimately enrolling in classes at UA this past January. The Birmingham, Ala., native participated in spring practice with the Tide this year.
A three-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, Bell was rated as the No. 19 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 17 player at any position in the state of Alabama.
It appears the brief but up-and-down career of Larry Jefferson in Morgantown has come to an abrupt end.
The former junior college transfer had been suspended from participating in West Virginia’s spring practices for violating unspecified team rules. Now, WV MetroNews is reporting, the defensive lineman was arrested late Tuesday morning and charged with drug possession. “Jefferson was stopped on Clay Street in Morgantown as officers were investigating a brandishing incident at South University Plaza in Morgantown,” the website wrote, and was subsequently found to be carrying small amounts of cocaine and marijuana.
According to the Dominion Post, Jefferson was holding .6 grams of coke and one gram of weed.
While WVU officials have yet to comment publicly on the situation, Jefferson’s name has been removed from the Mountaineers’ online roster. Jefferson had not been reinstated from his spring suspension, but, prior to this incident, he had been expected to be on the field for the start of summer camp early next month and be a part of WVU’s line rotation this season as a pass-rush specialist.
After coming to WVU following two seasons at a Mississippi JUCO, Jefferson played in nine games for the Mountaineers last season.