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.

After finishing church mission, Oregon State signee transfers to BYU

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In large part because of Kalani Sitake‘s presence on Gary Andersen‘s coaching staff, Christian Folau signed with Oregon State as a member of the Class of 2017.  Two years later, Sitake’s situation has change — and now so has Folau’s.

On his personal Twitter account this week, Folau indicated that, instead of OSU, he will start his collegiate playing career at BYU.  The move, which had been somewhat expected, comes not long after Folau wrapped up an LDS church mission in San Jose, California.

A three-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, Folau was rated as the No. 12 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Utah.  He held offers from, among others, Cal, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin.  Before signing with the Beavers. Folau had been committed to the Cardinal.

Despite the transfer, Folau will be eligible to play immediately for the Cougars in 2017.

At the time Folau signed with OSU in February of 2015, Sitake was the Beavers’ defensive coordinator.  In December of that same year, however, Sitake left Corvallis to take over as the head coach of the Cougars, paving the way for Folau to join him at BYU.

Missouri set to rent empty dorm rooms to fans for football weekends

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Homecoming could be taken to another level at Missouri this fall with a chance for Tigers fans to actually spend a weekend in their old dorm rooms.

As part of an effort to make up several budget shortfalls and adjust to dwindling freshman enrollment, Mizzou revealed plans this week to rent out unused dorm rooms in residence halls for football games and other campus events. The St. Louis Post Dispatch adds that the concept has been in the works for some time and a mind-boggling seven residence halls have been taken offline in the wake of a huge drop in the number of students following a number of serious issues at the Columbia campus.

Guests who want to bypass a local hotel for games and sign up for the opportunity will be able to grab a furnished, two-bedroom suite with four single beds for $120/night. Internet access, bed sheets and towels are included and you can even head on down to the campus cafeteria to boot in order to buy food. For those planning on tailgating before a big game, the Post Dispatch notes that the school is still discussing whether alcohol will be allowed in the rooms.

While the ability to stay in an actual dorm room is pretty unique when it comes to the SEC football experience at the school, the reason for even taking this step should raise eyebrows even further given the situation at Mizzou. Student protests rocked the campus two years ago and Columbia really hasn’t been the same since with declining enrollment dropping off sharply ever since to further add to the crisis at the university.

Though financial necessities may be forcing the Tigers to go this route with unused dorms, it will be interesting to see if other schools in less dire situations at least take a look at emulating the concept on a smaller scale for game days in the future. Several universities around the country already have on-campus hotels so taking the next step to Airbnb some dorms seems like it will be in the cards for a football Saturday soon enough.

Buffalo reportedly receives state approval for new $18 million football field house

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If it seems like every college football program has an indoor facility nowadays, that’s because it’s a statement that is pretty close to being true. Now it’s time to cross one of the few remaining FBS holdouts off the list of those without one as Buffalo has finally gotten a thumbs up to build one just across the street from the school’s football stadium.

Buffalo Business First reports that the state has given the green light to a nearly $18 million field house project and that the university could issue construction bids for the building as soon as next week.

The project will check off a lot of boxes for the athletic department and the football team in particular. It reportedly will result in a 90,000-square-foot facility that includes both a full turf field and a small track. The exact timeline still appears to be up in the air a bit but it seems as though the school will receive bids soon and then commence construction sometime in early 2018.

That’s welcome news for head coach Lance Leipold as the Bulls were the lone MAC school without an indoor facility as of 2017. Given the winters (and fall’s and spring’s…) in upstate New York, the addition of a place to practice and train away from the elements should be a boon for the program going forward.

Kansas planning $300 million stadium renovation and new indoor football facility

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No matter how good or bad your football team is nowadays, chances are high that your school is planning to upgrade football facilities in order to keep up with the burgeoning college athletics arms race.

Case in point lies in Lawrence, where Kansas is set to embark on a whopping $300 million renovation of Memorial Stadium that will also include an indoor practice facility. AD Sheahon Zenger disclosed the plans on Wednesday night while speaking at a booster function, according to the Kansas City Star.

“It will be something that will be just that next step in transcending our program to the next level,” Jayhawks head coach David Beaty reportedly said. “We really do have to keep up with the facility war that goes on out there.”

Memorial Stadium is one of the older stadiums in the Big 12, dating back to the 1921 opening of the site. While there have been a handful of updates in the past few years, there hasn’t really been much of a major renovation since 1998-99. Plans for the updated design and any additional features should be unveiled in September based on the timeline that Zenger disclosed.

No word on if Kansas is planning on adding any waterfalls to project just yet however.