After being relatively quiet on the arrest front since the start of the new season, the pace of off-field legal shenanigans has picked up of late.
The latest to find themselves with a legal issue? Iowa State’s Donnie Jennert (not pictured) and Walker Lee Woods (not pictured either).
According to the Des Moines Register, the Cyclones duo was arrested by members of the Ames Police Department very early Sunday morning and hit with a couple of misdemeanor charges. Woods, a sophomore running back, was charged with public intoxication and simple assault, while Jennert, a sophomore wide receiver. was charged with public intoxication.
The arrests occurred a few hours after ISU’s thrilling three-overtime win over in-state rival Iowa. Based on the first part of the paper’s account of what led to the arrests, at least one of the players was very loudly proud of the upset.
Jennert was seen walking down the middle of the street screaming. When an officer called out to him, Jennert ran. Officers found him hiding in a backyard and described him as “highly emotional” and had the odor of ingested alcohol.
Woods was involved in a physical fight, and admitted to drinking three to four mixed drinks within the previous 3 hours. His blood alcohol level was .08.
A female victim stated she and Woods were arguing and that Woods tackled her and punched her in the right side of the face.
Neither Jennert nor Woods are contributors to the Cyclones in 2011; the former has already been ruled academically ineligible for the season, while the latter isn’t listed on the two-deep depth chart.
Enjoying some down time in Fayetteville, Ark., Mayfield was booked on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing the scene.
Those last two parts have drawn the brunt of the attention since the news went public, specifically this portion from the police report:
I told Mayfield to come over to me. When I gave that command, Mayfield began to walk away from me. I repeatedly told him to stop. Mayfield then began to sprint away. I chased after him. Mayfield was tackled to the ground.
For what it’s worth, Mayfield shredded Tulsa in their one meeting to date in 2015, hitting 32-of-38 passes for 487 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing 13 times for 85 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-38 Sooners win.
UCF announces largest financial gift in school history for athletics department renovations
UCF announced the largest financial gift in school history from UCF alum Kenneth Dixon. The donation will help give UCF the support needed to move forward with its athletics facility upgrades, including an athletics village. Among those upgrades will be an expansion to the school’s baseball stadium and basketball facility, as well as a better atmosphere outside the football stadium for fans.
As far as the football program is concerned, the upgrades to the football operations and athletics headquarters have received a $2 million commitment to date. Most of the renovations will help bring the school’s other sports programs up to a more level playing field, but the football stadium will be given a fresh look on he outside with a plaza and promenade to make for a more inviting atmosphere for UCF fans before and after home football games.
In all, UCF is looking to invest $25 million in the renovation project, and the recent donation from Dixon has helped the school cross the $10 million benchmark.
“With more than $10 million committed to our $25 million facilities vision, our goal is to build the best Athletics Village in the nation,” UCF Athletics Director Danny White said in a released statement. “Thanks to Ken Dixon’s gift of more than $5 million, we’ve taken a major step in that direction.”
Sirk was Duke’s leading passer in 2015 with 2,625 passing yards and 16 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He was also Duke’s leading rusher that season with 803 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Naturally, he will likely be a quality dual-threat option for whatever program lands his services in 2017. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play this fall at any FBS program.
With the rights to use “Row the Boat” successfully acquired through a deal with Western Michigan, Minnesota is going all in with the merchandising efforts to capitalize on the motto of P.J. Fleck. Aside from being able to use the motto for program-building measures, Minnesota has the rights to market the saying on merchandise, including an upcoming bobblehead featuring Minnesota’s Gopher mascot.
A limited edition University of Minnesota bobblehead featuring Goldy Gopher rowing a boat was unveiled on Friday by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Though just an illustration now, it looks incredibly promising and I sort of want to add it to my bobblehead collection.