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‘Cuse, Kansas eyeing ex-Vol Nu’keese Richardson

Nu'keese Richardson

The long, strange journey of the immensely talented but problematic Nu’keese Richardson could be winding its way back to the Div. 1-A level in the not-too-distant future, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Richardson was a highly-touted member of Lane Kiffin‘s one and only Tennessee recruiting class in 2009, but was dismissed from the Volunteers following an arrest for attempted armed robbery his freshman year.  He ultimately landed at Hampton and participated in spring practice in 2010, but abruptly left the school without informing his coaches.  He then surfaced at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, but left that school after one semester.

He now plans on attending Palm Beach State College and, if he can get his associate’s degree, he would be eligible to play immediately at the Div. 1-A level in 2011.  And, despite his rocky history, there are still schools who have shown a great deal of interest in the circus he brings to campus.

According to the Post, and citing his high school coach, Richardson has offers from both Syracuse and Kansas, and could land at one of those schools in time for the 2011 season.  USF had also shown interest, but, in a “gee I wonder why?” moment, has scaled back their interest considerably.

If it were “just” the robbery charge — which he ultimately pleaded guilty to reduced charges and received three years probation — the interest level in the former the former four-star wide receiver/cornerback would likely be higher.  But, as the Post points out, there were a couple of other issues that have dogged Richardson since leaving Knoxville.

… He later admitted to problems with alcohol and marijuana while at Tennessee.

After his issue at Tennessee, Richardson had two negative incidents with social media. He posted a video on his Twitter account in May that showed him and his friends removing a t-shirt from its packaging and putting it on under their other clothes, though Richardson said they later paid for it. He was not prosecuted.

Last fall, he published a photo of himself on Facebook in which he is in the driver’s seat of a parked car while holding an open can of alcohol. He was 19 or younger at the time of the picture.

Add all of it up — the arrest and dismissal from UT, leaving another school without the courtesy of a call and everything else — and Richardson is a sizable risk for any school that decides to take a flier on him and his talent.  If he’s changed his life, though, it has the makings of a home-run signing.  Buyer beware, though; if he hasn’t done an about-face, there’s going to be one helluva mess to clean up.

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10 Responses to “‘Cuse, Kansas eyeing ex-Vol Nu’keese Richardson”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Jan 16, 2011 1:52 PM

    KU isn’t exactly a spotless program, but it’s sad to see them stoop to a recruit who was so bad that even an SEC school wrote him off.

  2. WingT says: Jan 16, 2011 3:15 PM

    @burntorangehorn
    Yeah, we kicked him out of the SEC for conduct issues but I see that the Big 12 will take him – it’s not surprising.

    roll tide…37 – 21….lol

  3. Slim Charles says: Jan 16, 2011 3:34 PM

    Hope he can get it together. Classy guy with a lot of potential.

  4. burntorangehorn says: Jan 16, 2011 3:34 PM

    “We”?

    I’m sure you were integral in that decision. The SEC is the conference that cheats and looks the other way on criminal and character issues more than any other conference by a mile, so when guy is kicked out by an SEC school, you know a kid has to be a bad egg. Look at Cameron Newton, after all.

    As for 37-21, but that’s unrelated to this discussion. You’re just trolling.

  5. WingT says: Jan 16, 2011 3:49 PM

    @burntorangehorn
    ROTFLOL…you are too funny.

    You know, I am not too sure about several of the negative claims you make about the SEC – I don’t have the facts to agree or disagree with what you state. Maybe you can back up your BS with fact – can you?

    Here’s one fact that I can support with proof, the SEC has won the last 5 NC games, lol.

  6. thatdude32 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:11 PM

    heres a fact alabama coach mike dubose assistants and a booster tried to buy a recruit albert means ring a bell homer?and was put on probation during mike shulas coaching tenure oops but theres no proof off any one doing wrong in the sec right?

  7. burntorangehorn says: Jan 16, 2011 11:04 PM

    You don’t have any facts because you’re in denial, WingT. thatdude already mentioned that Alabama went on

    As for backing up my “BS” with fact, does Alabama have some kind of censorship firewall in place that presents you from knowing anything about Cameron Newton, who was arrested approximately a dozen times, caught cheating in academics, had to go through diversion and probation for felony larceny, etc. before Auburn and Mississippi fell all over each other trying to recruit him? If not, how about a name that should be familiar to an Alabama fan: Albert Means. Those are just a couple of countless cheaters, and that doesn’t even get into the countless examples of SEC coaches who give either a slap on the wrist or no punishment at all to players who commit crimes or on-field misconduct.

    There’s a saying that in the SEC, if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’. The SEC is the new SWC. Winning BCS championships exonerates no one.

  8. huskersrock1 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:26 AM

    @wingT

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/sec/2010-09-23-florida-football-arrests_N.htm

  9. uh1973 says: Jan 17, 2011 1:43 PM

    The SEC is always finding new ways to dodge the sheriff as they say. What has Alabama been on probation 10 times? How about Kentucky basketball over the years. Cheatsville. That probably went on in FB as well but no one cares there about FB. Cam Newton??? Sold to the highest bidder! How many arrests did Florida have under Zook and Meyer? 25? How about some of those other gems from Tennessee. Let’s see where did Travis Henry go to school — UT. What did he have 10 kids by 10 different women. Then there was Jamal Lewis and his prison stint. Where did he go — UT. See a pattern here? If anyone takes a flyrer on this guy they are asking for it!

  10. tnance says: Feb 2, 2011 2:57 AM

    Most of Henry’s procreation issues weren’t at Tennessee and the Jamal Lewis/nose candy thing happened when he was in the NFL. By that logic, Vince Young has been a huge proverbial black eye for the Big 12.

    What conference did Lawrence Phillips play in? How about Dez Bryant? How often has Oklahoma been on probation?

    I’m well aware of what has happened in the SEC, as, clearly, everyone else is since the conference has been on top for half-a-decade. Keep riding your high horse after reading this…

    http://blog.al.com/bn/2008/03/sec_no_2_for_most_ncaa_infract.html

    P.S. Auburn has been committed more major infractions than any other SEC school, and they’re tired with Texas A&M and Oklahoma.

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