Well, so much for the good news portion of today’s installment of the soap opera that is college football. Time to head back to reality.
According to the Centre Daily Times, two members of the Penn State football program were among the 240 individuals arrested or cited for incidents that occurred on “State Patty’s Day” late last month.
Wide receiver Curtis Drake and defensive back Derrick Thomas were cited for disorderly conduct for their role in a fight involving multiple people, including two members of the PSU basketball program. The involvement of the football players in the fracas wasn’t discovered until police posted still images from surveillance cameras that captured the incident, the Daily Times reports.
It’s unclear what, if any punishment will be levied on the players. This was Drake’s second “legal issue” in the past eight months; in July of last year, he was cited for disorderly conduct following what was initially described as an altercation with a PSU basketball player. Oddly enough, that same player — Taran Buie — was cited for the same incident that led to Drake’s latest citation.
All in all, this has been a rather forgettable last few months for Drake. In addition to the off-field stuff, the redshirt sophomore also suffered a season-ending leg injury last summer camp as well as a fractured fibia in the same leg during spring practice this year. His availability for summer camp 2011 is up in the air at this point in time.
Thomas had been suspended for the last nine games of the 2010 season, but the Allentown Morning Call reports that he has reportedly returned to the team.
Jim Harbaugh clarifies comments on Colin Kaepernick anthem controversy
Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.
Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.
As it turns out, Pankey won’t be alone on the suspension sidelines as WVMetroNews.com is reporting that linebacker Xavier Preston will be suspended for the opener as well. No reason has been given for the punitive measure, and the football program has yet to confirm it.
The third-year sophomore would be eligible to return for the Sept. 10 Youngstown State game.
Preston played in 13 games last season. He has been described as the heir apparent to Nick Kwiatkowski at outside linebacker for the Mountaineers.
Jim Harbaugh doesn’t respect Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit anthem out
The latest sports controversy has reached college football’s borders.
Colin Kaepernick, as you might have heard, kicked up quite the controversy last week by declining to stand during the playing of the National Anthem prior to a San Francisco 49ers preseason game. The former Nevada quarterback’s words explaining to sit the anthem out served to add fuel to the raging firestorm.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Kaepernick has spent his entire NFL career with the 49ers, and his first coach at the professional level was Jim Harbaugh. Now the head coach at Michigan, Harbaugh was asked Monday about Kaepernick, who helped lead Harbaugh’s club to the NFC championship game in 2013, and his decision to sit on the bench while the anthem played.
“I acknowledge his right to do that,” Harbaugh said according mlive.com. “But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”
While more forceful and tinged with personal opinion, Harbaugh’s comments are somewhat in line those made by a former Oregon Ducks head coach who’s now in charge of the 49ers.
“We recognize his right to do that,” Chip Kelly said according to the Sacramento Bee. “It’s not our right to tell him not to do something. That’s his right as a citizen.”