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Seantrel Henderson reportedly suspended for Miami’s opener


For all intents and purposes, the year 2010 was one big circus when it came to Seantrel Henderson — particularly in the months leading up to his transfer to Miami. Apparently, based on one report, the show’s back in town.

By way of the Miami Herald, InsideTheU.com is reporting that the mammoth offensive tackle has been suspended for the Hurricanes’ season opener against Maryland. No reason for the suspension was given, although the Herald suggests the punishment may be related to academics.

The website is also reporting, citing multiple unnamed sources, that Henderson is unhappy with Al Golden‘s new coaching staff. Randy Shannon, fired by the school late last year, was reportedly one of the main reasons Henderson opted for the ‘Canes last summer.

Henderson, who started nine games as a true freshman last season, was listed No. 2 on Miami’s pre-spring depth chart.

Golden has subsequently denied the transfer rumors in a statement but, interestingly, did not comment on the suspension angle of the story.

“Seantrel has every intention of remaining with the University of Miami and our football program,” Golden said in the statement. “It is disappointing that individuals are taking the liberty to hypothesize on his future. He is coming off a strong finish to off-season workouts, rotated with the first team on Thursday and is well respected and liked by his teammates.

“Seantrel is growing into a leader, loves the game and cares deeply about being a part of the Miami Hurricane Family.”

Henderson, the top recruit in the nation last year according to Rivals.com, had committed to USC on national television on signing day last February, but did not immediately sign his Letter of Intent due to uncertainty over potential sanctions facing the Trojans football program. After signing his USC LOI in March — after proclaiming he was “hundred thousand, trillion percent” a Trojan, — rumors began to surface that the lineman was getting cold feet yet again.

USC ultimately released him from his scholarship in early July, and he transferred to Miami a week later.

UPDATED 7:39 p.m. ET: Henderson has released a statement denying that he’s considering a transfer.

“I am committed to my teammates, coaches and the championship goals we are chasing at the University of Miami. I have no desire to play anywhere but at the U.”

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 Gridiron.com, 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.