Minnesota may have just caught a huge, huge break for their season opener by doing what I do most of the time: absolutely nothing.
If you recall the story from earlier this week, Middle Tennessee State’s outstanding dual-threat quarterback, Dwight Dasher, was/is the subject of a police investigation into some alleged shenanigans involving a $1,500 loan from an 80-year-old war veteran and the possible theft of a teammate’s checks to repay the loan. While the investigation into that situation is presumably still ongoing, the school has made a move that could keep Dasher off the field in the opener against, you guessed it, the Gophers.
MTSU announced this afternoon in a press release that they were suspending Dasher for accepting benefits in violation of the NCAA’s amateurism rules. Given the amount of money accepted by Dasher, the quarterback could be suspended for 30 percent of the 2010 season.
In a statement, the school school said the 30-percent penalty could be mitigated either higher or lower upon appeal for reinstatement, which the school plans to file Friday. If the appeal is not successful, Dasher would miss at least the first three games of the season.
If Dasher is indeed suspended, it’s a huge blow for a MTSU squad coming off a 10-win season that was capped with a win in the New Orleans Bowl. Coming off a season in which he became the fourth player in Div. 1-A history to pass for at least 2,500 yards and rush for 1,000, Dasher was named as the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year.