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.
Maybe the third time, this time at a lower level, will be the charm?
In early December of last year, Hayden Rettig became one of three quarterbacks who had decided to leave Rutgers. Nearly three months later, Rettig has found a new home, with the transferring signal-caller confirming to nj.com that he will continue his collegiate playing career at Tennessee Tech.
As he’s both a graduate transfer and a player dropping down a level, Rettig will be available to play immediately in 2017. This upcoming season will be his final year of eligibility.
“It’s a good fit,” Rettig told the website. “I think we can do a lot there. I love the coaches. I just wanted a place where I was needed, and Tennessee Tech was the place.”
Rettig, a four-star 2013 recruit, transferred from LSU to Rutgers in June of 2014. After sitting out that season to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws, Rettig played in five games (one start) the next two years; none of those appearances came in 2016.
He was named Academic All-Big Ten following the 2015 season.
Raided by the ACC, UNLV has officially turned its eyes to the Ivy League for its coaching replacement.
Travis Burkett, the football program has announced, has been hired the Rebels’ running backs coach. Burkett will replace DeAndre Smith, who left last week for a job at North Carolina.
Smith had been with Tony Sanchez‘s program for just three months or so, coming to Las Vegas by way of Purdue.
The past 10 seasons, Burkett served as an assistant at Cornell. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant at Bucknell.
This will be Burkett’s first job at any capacity at the FBS level. His new employer added the following in announcing his addition:
At UNLV, Burkett inherits a rushing attack that stood 15th in the nation last fall with 241.5 yards per game, which ranked fourth in program history and was the most since 1979. All three of the team’s top rushers return in 2017.
With an assistant fighting a significant health issue, Derek Mason has turned to someone very familiar with the Vanderbilt football program to fill the coaching void.
Vandy confirmed Monday that Warren Belin has been hired as the Commodores’ outside linebackers coach. Belin will, at least temporarily, replace Osia Lewis, who stepped down from his job as he battles liver cancer. Lewis will transition into an of-field role within the program as he fights the disease.
The announcement came on the same day Vandy kicked off spring practice.
From 2002 through 2009, Belin was Vandy’s linebacker’s coach under Bobby Johnson. He was at Wake Forest in the same role from 2013-15.
Last season, he was with the Demon Deacons in an off-field role as director of high school relations.
In opting to leave Miami in late January, Gus Edwards was restricted by the university from transferring to two of his top choices in Pittsburgh and Syracuse as they were on this coming season’s schedule. A little over a month later, the Staten Island native, who wanted to transfer and move closer to home as he was a new father, has found his new college football home in the same area of the country.
On its official Twitter account earlier Monday, Rutgers announced that Edwards has transferred into the Scarlet Knights football program. As Edwards will be coming in as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2017.
The upcoming season will be the running back’s final year of eligibility.
Edwards was third on the team this past season in rushing with 290 yards. For his Hurricanes career, the 6-1, 230-pound back ran for 977 yards and 12 touchdowns on 186 carries.
A foot injury suffered in summer camp cost Edwards the entire 2015 season. He received a medical redshirt for that season.