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Reserve WVU LB charged with armed robbery

Branko Busick Mugshot

Ummm, oops?

West Virginia is reportedly facing a wee bit of off-field adversity — again — ahead of the start of Dana Holgorsen‘s first summer camp as Mountaineers’ head coach, with one of the first-year coach’s players staring at what looks to be a rather serious criminal charge.

According to West Virginia MetroNews, linebacker Branko Busick was charged with armed robbery following an incident Monday evening.  The North Central Regional Jail’s website lists the charge against “Nicholas Branko Busick” as being a felony, and no bail amount has been set as of this posting.  The specific charge or charges were not yet listed on the site.

Here’s the MetroNews‘ account of what led to the arrest:

Police say they received a call around 5:00 from a man claiming that another man with a gun and two acquaintances entered an apartment and demanded money from him.  When he told them he had no money, the victim says he was struck repeatedly with the gun and forced out of the apartment. 

The school has yet to issue a comment/statement on the situation or Busick’s status with the team.

Busick, who would be a redshirt sophomore in 2011, played in two games last season.  His bio on the school’s official website states that the Steubenville, Oh., native will be competing for the starting middle linebacker job this year.  Whether that’s still the case after this turn of events remains to be seen.

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8 Responses to “Reserve WVU LB charged with armed robbery”
  1. ldbright says: Jul 12, 2011 9:30 AM

    Wow! Trouble in West Virginia? Really? I mean who is really running West Virginia? Thugs? Hillbillies? Rich Rod? There was a rumor that they wanted to join the Big Ten but they were so “sketchy” academically and had so many incidents like this they were not wanted by the Big 10. Not sure what to say about this other than I hope the new coach cleans it up and hell what a way to get a welcome! Geesh! Oh and I think they should play Va Tech and Virginia every year. But they are scared to play them. I’m talking about the fans more so than the team…

  2. fitz66 says: Jul 12, 2011 9:54 AM

    Minus this incident (which is a biggie) what other player/coach has been arrested? And please, lets see a link about the Big 10 “rumor” – I’m calling BS.

  3. pabstman says: Jul 12, 2011 10:49 AM

    A lot of mixed reports coming out of Morgantown, I would wait to pass judgement. The Busick family is HIGHLY respected and this comes as a shock, to say the least, to many WVU fans close to the team and Busick family.

  4. lakesidegator says: Jul 12, 2011 11:23 AM

    The other teams’ players won’t come near him. What a winning strategy.

  5. akazeus says: Jul 12, 2011 12:04 PM

    “Wow! Trouble in West Virginia? Really? I mean who is really running West Virginia? Thugs? Hillbillies? Rich Rod? There was a rumor that they wanted to join the Big Ten but they were so “sketchy” academically and had so many incidents like this they were not wanted by the Big 10. Not sure what to say about this other than I hope the new coach cleans it up and hell what a way to get a welcome! Geesh! Oh and I think they should play Va Tech and Virginia every year. But they are scared to play them. I’m talking about the fans more so than the team…”

    Oh will you shut up

  6. seanb20124 says: Jul 12, 2011 1:04 PM

    Learned it all from LB Pat Lazear I bet.

  7. pabstman says: Jul 12, 2011 2:58 PM

    http://www.msnsportsnet.com/page.cfm?story=18858

    He has been dismissed…

  8. florida727 says: Jul 12, 2011 5:47 PM

    “Busick, who would be a redshirt sophomore in 2011, played in two games last season. His bio on the school’s official website states that the Steubenville, Oh., native will be competing for the starting middle linebacker job this year.”
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    Looks like he played in two games more last year than he will this year. Ahh, “pabstman” is on top of it. Dismissed from the team. Nice going kid. Screwed up your career and your free education all in one stupid, classless act. Idiot.

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