Police search Jordan Jefferson’s apartment

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The latest bit of news to come out of the LSU bar brawl saga surfaced Wednesday, with multiple media outlets reporting that police have executed a search warrant on the residence of one of the football players believed to have been involved in the melee late last week.

According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, detectives from the Baton Rouge Police Department searched the home of starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson in attempt to locate evidence pertaining to the investigation into the off-campus fight that left four people injured.  Jefferson was present during the search, and police officials stated that the QB “gave us 100 percent cooperation.”

WBRZ-TV reports that BRPD officers were seen taking bags of evidence from Jefferson’s apartment.  There’s no word on what evidenced may have been collected.

BRPD spokesperson Don Stone said there are no plans to search the homes of any of the other LSU players involved.  In addition to Jefferson, offensive tackle Chris Davenport, linebacker Josh Johns and wide receiver Jarvis Landry were interviewed by investigators Tuesday morning.

As to the warrant, Stone told Randy Rosetta of TigerSportsDigest.com that “[w]e have gathered enough probable cause to search for information to help either prove or disprove the allegations against [Jefferson].”  Rosetta had previously reported, citing sources close to the football program, that Jefferson was not directly involved with the fight.

Additionally, radio station 1210-AM The Score posted a “video” that purports to be footage of the fight, although it’s just 22 seconds in length and it’s nearly impossible to discern anything that’s going on, other than a man at the end being picked up off the ground after apparently suffering a beat-down.  The Advocate reports that the BRPD is looking into the video and, presumably, the person who shot it from what appears to be a cell phone and who could be a potential witness.

The “video” can be viewed by clicking HERE.

As of this posting, no arrests have been made in connection to the incident.

UPDATED 8:28 p.m. ET: WAFB-TV has added yet another piece to the puzzle as to what the BRPD may have been searching for at Jefferson’s aprartment.

WAFB’s Jim Shannon quotes a police source as saying one of the main items investigators were looking for was a pair of Jefferson’s tennis shoes.  Investigators want to see if the bottom of the shoes match an imprint on the shirt of one of the four people injured in the fight.  The source did not say whether the shoes were located during the search.

It had previously been reported that witnesses alleged Jefferson had kicked one of the victims in the head.

UPDATED 10:21 p.m. ET: According to multiple media outlets, a DNA swab was taken from Jefferson during the execution of the search warrant.

Former Ohio State assistant leaving Minnesota for Michigan

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An assistant with history on one side of The Game rivalry is headed to the other side. reportedly.

FootballScoop.com first reported that Minnesota’s Ed Warinner (pictured, center) is leaving Minnesota to take an unspecified job at Michigan. SI.com‘s Bruce Feldman subsequently confirmed the initial report.

While the Wolverines have not yet confirmed the addition of Warinner, the coach’s updated Twitter profile indicates that he’s now at U-M. As Jim Harbaugh already has his allotment of 10 on-field assistants, it appears likely that Warinner will serve as some type of offensive analyst.

Warinner spent the 2017 season as the offensive line coach and running-game coordinator at Minnesota. Prior to that, He was the line coach at Ohio State from 2012-16. In 2015, he added the title of co-offensive coordinator.

Oregon officially confirms swiping of assistant from Wazzu

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Washington State’s coaching loss will prove to be a fellow Pac-12 member’s gain.

Following up on reports that had surfaced throughout the latter part of this past week, new head coach Mario Cristobal announced that he has hired Jim Mastro as his new running backs coach. Mastro will also serve as the Ducks’ run-game coordinator.

Mastro had spent the past six seasons as the running backs coach at Washington State.

“We are thrilled to add Jim to the staff,” Cristobal said in a statement. “He has extraordinary leadership skills which will be of great benefit in developing our talented group of running backs. Jim possesses a wealth of experience both coaching and recruiting on the West Coast, and he has consistently been a tremendous innovator on the offensive side of the ball.”

Prior to Wazzu, Mastro spent one season (2012) as the tight ends coach at UCLA. For the 11 seasons prior to that first taste of the Pac-12, Mastro was the running backs coach at Nevada.

Mastro has also spent time on FBS coaching staffs at Idaho (1998-99) and San Jose State (1995).

QB Keller Chryst announces transfer from Stanford

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Stanford’s quarterback room will have a decidedly different look this coming season.

Keller Chryst announced on his personal Twitter account Sunday afternoon that he has decided to transfer from the Cardinal for his final season of collegiate eligibility.  Chryst will graduate from the university in June, making him eligible to play in 2018 at another FBS program if that’s the path he chooses.

Chryst gave no specific reason for the decision, although the fact that he lost his starting this past season likely played a significant role.

Chryst began the 2016 season as the backup to Ryan Burns, who started the first seven games after winning the job coming out of camp before losing it to Chryst midseason; he replaced Burns midway through that season as the starter.  While he suffered a torn ACL in Stanford’s Sun Bowl win over North Carolina following the 2016 regular season, he began the 2017 season as the starter; an injury in the Week 4 win over UCLA opened the door for redshirt freshman K.J. Costello to start the following week against Arizona State.  Chryst returned in Week 6 and started the next three games.

Ahead of the Washington State game in early November, however, a healthy Chryst was benched in favor of Costello.  In what turned out to be the final three starts of Chryst’s career with the Cardinal, he completed just under 57 percent of his passes for 453 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

In parts of three seasons, Chryst, whose uncle Paul Chryst is the head coach at Wisconsin, passed for 1,926 yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions in 289 attempts.

Rich Rodriguez releases statement as additional claim against his alleged behavior is filed

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Rich Rodriguez was fired earlier this month after his former administrative assistant filed an $8.5 million claim against him, saying she was forced to lie to his wife and children to cover up his extramarital affair and that he subjugated her to numerous instances of inappropriate behavior, including brushing up against her breast and making comments about his underwear and genitalia.

He admitted to the affair, but said the other claims were unequivocally false.

On Saturday, the same woman, Melissa Wilhelmsen, filed an additional $7.5 million claim against the University of Arizona, saying the school is liable for its former employee’s behavior.

From the suit, according to the Arizona Daily Star:

The document says that Wilhelmsen and her husband also have claims against Rodriguez for slander, defamation and false light, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress stemming from Rodriguez and his wife’s conduct after his firing — including “statements to football players at a team meeting on January 9, 2018.” Rich and Rita Rodriguez spoke to the players in a team meeting run by interim head coach Marcel Yates on that date. It was not immediately clear if any additional legal action had been filed.

Rodriguez on Sunday released a statement, essentially calling Wilhelmsen’s bluff.

Considering the plaintiff is now seeking a sum of $15 million here, the odds of an out-of-court settlement seem so overwhelming that they may as well be taken off the proverbial board.