Bike theft earns Buffs DT Sipilo a suspension

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Oh, those zany Colorado Buffaloes and their madcap antics.

The same week that found one wide receiver likely lost for the 2010 season due to academic issues and another officially leaving the program following legal issues and having his scholarship stripped — oh, and a former five-star running back apparently finding a home at South Florida — has seen another player ticketed for pilfering a bicycle.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, defensive tackle Joe Silipo was ticketed early Wednesday on two counts of suspicion of theft of less than $500 and one count of criminal mischief.

CU police spokesman Molly Bosley said an officer saw Silipo pulling at one of the bikes on a rack at 1020 Broadway about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday before getting on and starting to ride away. When the officer confronted Silipo, the student admitted that the bike didn’t belong to him, Bosley said. …

The bike that Silipo is accused of taking is part of a semester-long rental program at CU. Students, faculty and staff members can make a $100 deposit and pay an additional $20 fee per semester to rent a bike, said Peter Roper, program manager for CU’s sustainable transportation program. Silipo wasn’t participating in the rental program when he is accused of tampering with the lock and taking the bike, Roper said. 

Following the incident, head coach Dan Hawkins suspended the senior from all of the team’s summer activities.

“[Silipo’s actions are] not consistent with his past behavior, and I don’t think he will have further issues,” Hawkins said in a statement.

“But we must send the message that this type of behavior is not tolerated and will lead to separation from the program among other consequences and that both positive and negative behaviors reflect on the entire university community.”

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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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’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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, 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.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.