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MTSU's Dasher hit with likely multi-game suspension

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.

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  1. Slim Charles says: Aug 27, 2010 3:00 PM

    If we paid players, this wouldn’t need to happen.

  2. blitz4848 says: Aug 27, 2010 3:18 PM

    @ Slimey Charles
    We do…it’s called the NFL
    Under your dumb a$$ theory after we started paying college athletes then what do we tell the superstar high school athletes that want their share? ESPN is televising tons of high school games and their star athletes so they are making their high schools money….where does it stop?

  3. dotbo says: Aug 27, 2010 7:02 PM

    ….where does it stop?
    It stops when the market is not willing to pay.
    If there is cash being generated off the game, the kids should be compensated according to their market value. A high school game generates how much revenue? If there is enough to cover paying the players, the players should (in theory) unionize and demand their fair share. This is exactly what the NFL Players Association is for – negotiating their slice of the pie.
    The NCAA athletes are not represented by lawyers and agents, and it’s to their detriment. Nowadays, there is PLENTY of revenue to pay football and men’s basketball players. The fact is that the players are not organized enough to demand their fair share.
    Take me. I get paid for doing my job and contibuting to the revenue of my company. Depending on my marketable skills, I get paid more or less. It’s up to me to find the highest paying job available, and make the most of it. I stay out of trouble with drugs and the law so that I don’t get embarrased at work or potentially fired. The same logic and rules should apply to these athletes.

  4. spudvol says: Aug 27, 2010 7:27 PM

    I’ll bet Dasher has money on the over/under for the number of games he is suspended.

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