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Tar Heels RB latest hit with drunk-driving charge

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After a brief respite, presumably in observance of National Signing Day, news of yet another player arrest has surfaced.

According to the Raleigh News & Observer, North Carolina running back A.J. Blue was arrested Sunday morning on charges that included driving while impaired, driving with an open container of alcohol, and failing to maintain lane control.

Blue, who was arrested at 2:31 a.m. local time Sunday, had a BAC of .12.  The sophomore informed the coaching staff of his arrest earlier this week.

In 2009, Blue played in six games before suffering a significant knee injury.  He did not play in 2010.

So, for those keeping score at home, Blue is the 13th individual player whose arrest became public knowledge since the calendar flipped from 2010 to 2011, and the eighth in the past seven days.

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  1. southernpatriots says: Feb 3, 2011 9:32 AM

    Back in the stone age, the coaches would talk to us about where we would go and what we would do during the holidays and interim between semesters and the fall season and spring practice. DUIs were not as prevalent then and statistics were not yet available at how many mangled lives were the result of DUIs. All of that information is available today. Are coaches making the case to the athletes or are the athletes just not listening. We have emailed several football programs to find an answer to this question, but no replies to this date. The media would be able to put some pressure on them to make sure they speak with their student-athletes about proper decorum (and in many states drinking age is 21 excluding most college athletes). Having seen the horror of drunk and impaired driving up close and personal, staffs should have counseling programs in place to actively deal with this problem before laws are broken, scandal comes to the schools, and most importantly innocent drivers or the athletes themselves are not hurt or killed. We think universities can do a better job with this.

  2. sportsfix4u says: Feb 3, 2011 12:12 PM

    When you say …. the eighth in the past seven days……hopefully not from just this school ? if they are all from NC then this program is out of control.
    I’d love to see some stat’s done on Marshall’s team. Seems like everytime I pick up a paper one of there guys is in the pokey at one of our regional jails.

  3. southernpatriots says: Feb 3, 2011 12:46 PM

    This is from the Police Blotter on this site:

    Police Blotter

    2/1/2011 — Nebraska walk-on defensive tackle Justin Jackson was ticketed for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, minor consumption and negligent driving.

    2/1/2011 — Iowa State linebacker Matt Tau’fo’ou was charged with a drunk driving offense. He was suspended indefinitely.

    1/31/2011 — Missouri defensive tackle Jimmy Burge was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

    1/30/2011 — Arkansas wide receiver Lance Ray was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and minor in possession of alcohol.

    1/29/2011 — Arizona State safety Ramon Abreu was charged with felony sexual conduct with a minor. He was indefinitely suspended by the program.

    1/28/2011 — Louisville players and twins Jacob and Isaac Geffrad were each charged with one count of first-degree assault for beating down a teammate back In October. They have subsequently been dismissed from the football program.

    1/24/2011 — Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins was arrested for possession of marijuana.

    1/23/2011 – Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills was arrested for misdemeanor driving under the influence, while starting safety Tony Jefferson was arrested for interference with the official process.

    1/18/2011 — UConn running back Lyle McCombs was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The true freshman was suspended indefinitely by new head coach Paul Pasqualoni.

    1/11/2011 — Clemson offensive tackle Brandon Thomas was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.

    12/31/2010 — Pittsburgh head coach Michael Haywood was arrested on domestic battery charges. The school issued a statement on his situation saying, basically, nothing. Haywood was ultimately fired.

    12/25/2010 — Alabama JUCO signee Aaron Douglas was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

    12/20/2010 — Nebraska safety Rickey Thenarse was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and impeding traffic. He was suspended for the Holiday bow by head coach Bo Pelini.

    12/15/2010 — Memphis quarterback Cannon Smith arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

    12/12/2010 — Syracuse linebacker Malcolm Cater charged with four felonies – three counts of burglary, one count of grand larceny — and two misdemeanors – two counts of petit larceny — for a string of break-ins. He was dismissed from the football program by head coach Doug Marrone.

    12/10/2010 — Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place and failure to notify the department of transportation of an address change.

    12/9/2010 — Nebraska defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler charged with suspicion of driving under the influence. Head coach Bo Pelini suspended the sophomore for the Cornhuskers’ Holiday Bowl game against Washington.

    12/8/2010 — UConn offensive lineman Greg McKee has been has been charged with importing child pornography, obscenity and promoting a minor in an obscene performance. He was suspended indefinitely by head coach Randy Edsall.

    12/7/2010 — Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos was arrested on multiple counts of possession of controlled substances, keeping a drug house and two counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drugs. He was suspended indefinitely by head coach Kirk Ferentz.

    12/4/2010 — Louisville cornerback Darius Ashley arrested on an operating a motor vehicle under the influence and under 21 years old charge.

    12/1/2010 — Ole Miss wide receiver Melvin Harris arrested on a driving under the influence charge. The sophomore was suspended for the Egg Bowl as a result of the arrest.

    11/21/2010 — Tennessee walk-on quarterback Doak Raulston arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

    11/17/2010 — Penn State defensive end Sean Stanley cited for disorderly conduct after getting caught, you guessed it, peeing in public. It was a separate urination charge from Redd’s. As an aside, will State College be getting indoor plumbing at any point in the near future?

    11/16/2010 — Penn State running back Silas Redd relieves himself in public at 4:13 a.m. ET, cited for disorderly conduct.

    11/15/2010 — Illinois linebacker Evan Frierson is arrested on a charge of aggravated battery. A day after the felony arrest became public knowledge, Frierson was dismissed from the Illini football program.

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