We didn’t touch on this initial story, but a few days ago Ohio State’s freshman football players were introduced during a news conference as the Buckeyes begin their fall practices. During the event, several freshman wore a wristband (pictured) containing the letters “JT” to honor former OSU coach Jim Tressel.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State has confiscated those wristbands from the players and reimbursed them for the cost in fear that said wristbands were a violation of NCAA rules.
OSU officials called it “cautionary”; we call it a “buzzkill”.
In fairness, compliance is just doing their job and the idea reportedly was not passed through anybody. We’re not sure if purchasing a wristband from an Ohio State staff member, whom the Dispatch claims sold the wristbands, is a violation of NCAA rules — the use of the wristbands might serve as a promotion for their sale, which would be a violation — but we are more-than-certain that not everything surrounding Tressel is an infraction.
Just most things.
While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.
In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program. The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”
The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend. Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.
Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension. He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.
Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.
Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).
It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.
On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program. Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.
Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before. It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.
Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina. He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.
The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively. He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.