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Witnesses to LSU bar fight claim Jefferson kicked victim in the head


Details of a Friday morning bar brawl allegedly involving LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three other Tigers (players, not animals. Although that would be awesome.) are still being gathered by Baton Rouge police, but there are some new specifics coming forth about the incident that carry potentially damaging repercussions.

According to a series of new developments from Randy Rosetta of TigerSportsDigest, Baton Rouge PD spokesman Sgt. Don Stone confirmed a report that one of the four LSU players identified as suspects — the four being Jefferson, offensive tackle Chris Davenport, linebacker Josh Johns and wide receiver Jarvis Landrykicked one of the victims in the head. Initial police reports said that four victims, none of whom were players, were sent to the hospital following the fight.

Multiple witnesses to the incident told WAFB-TV on Friday that it was Jefferson who was the one doing the alleged “soccer kick”, although that has yet be confirmed by BRPD, which wished to interview the four LSU athletes tomorrow (Monday).

Those interviews have since been postponed by attorney Nathan Fisher, who is representing the players.

We don’t have a new date, and the reason it was postponed is because I just got into the case this morning at 8 o’clock, so I’m playing catch-up. I just met the kids this morning,” Fisher told the Times Picayune of New Orleans. “We’re going to try, as is the district attorney I’m sure, to get a quick resolution because of the obvious reason that the season is about to start.”

That means we could know within a matter of a couple weeks the fate of Jefferson and his teammates. If that fate rules against LSU, don’t be surprised to see one — or four — players missing from the Tigers’ season-opening game against Oregon.

UPDATED 7:40 ET: Sgt. Don Stone of the BRPD has now confirmed that the interviews with the four LSU players have been rescheduled for Tuesday.

However, Fisher has told Randy Rosetta that he has not been informed of the date change. Clearly, this matter is very much unsettled.

Was Washington loss the beginning of the end of the Steve Sarkisian era at USC?

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Steve Sarkisian’s win totals in his six previous seasons are both a positive and a negative.

On one hand, he resurrected a moribund Washington program that went 0-12 under Ty Willingham in 2008 and took them to four consecutive bowl games from 2010-2013. He won nine games his last year in Seattle, then led a talented-yet-thin USC team to a nine-win season and AP No. 20 finish in 2014.

Those are good accomplishments. But the flip side of the argument is Sarkisian has never won double-digit games in a season, something that’s a necessity to keep one’s job at USC. The Trojans’ 17-12 loss to Washington last night — at home, no less — means the road to 10 wins and a Pac-12 title will be awfully difficult.

And worse yet, there are plenty of arguments to be made Sarkisian doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt and a little more time in Los Angeles to turn things around (#SarkAfterDark, his drunken rant at a booster event, certainly doesn’t help). The reaction from national media to last night’s loss looked like this:

Mandel, in his column, argued USC is right where it was two years ago with Lane Kiffin as its coach. And there’s this embarrassing thought, that looks more and more like a truth, for Pat Haden:

This one, however, was the most damning by far for many reasons, most notably that it came at the hands of Sarkisian’s old team. The sense among many Washington fans nearly two years ago was that the Huskies managed to upgrade coaches when the school lured Chris Petersen from Boise State upon Sarkisian’s departure to USC.

They were right.

USA Today’s Dan Wolken similarly wrote that USC needs to drop Sarkisian and bring in Chip Kelly from the Philadelphia Eagles.

This is the state of USC, and it may not get better. The Trojans start a brutal three-game stretch next Saturday at Notre Dame in primetime, then welcome Utah to Los Angeles the next week. A Halloween trip to Berkeley to face Jared Goff and Cal finishes it up. There’s a very real chance USC, for all its talent and all its hype, limps into November with a 4-4 or 3-5 record.

Sarkisian will have to engineer and sustain a major turnaround in these coming weeks, otherwise he’ll give Haden all the ammo he needs to unceremoniously jettison him after two years.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.