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Mike Locksley out at New Mexico following ‘car borrowing’ incident


Suffice it to say, Mike Locksley‘s short tenure at New Mexico has been filled with just about everything except on-the-field results. The head coach has already been involved in allegations of punching an assistant coach in the face and sexual harassment.

(Just a heads up, the sexual harassment link dates way, way back to our early, non-featured image, one big ol’ paragraph days. You have been warned.) 

Now, there’s another bizarre incident that appears to have pushed New Mexico’s administration to their limit. A source close to the situation has informed CBSSportsDennis Dodd that UNM has fired Locksley after four games into his third season. The university later confirmed the dismissal.

The Lobos’ record by itself is worthy of termination — UNM is 2-26 under Locksley and was 0-4 to start this season — but in what capacity Locksley was involved in the following “borrowed car” story is a perplexing cherry on top of what has been a dismal few years for UNM football.

KOB Channel 4 in Albuquerque reports that a 19-year-old teenager by the name of Joshua Butts was pulled over Saturday evening after reportedly almost hitting a pedestrian on his way to University Stadium to see New Mexico host Sam Houston State.

When pulled over by police, Butts showed signs of being intoxicated and stumbled out of the car, which the university states is registered to Locksley’s wife and son, Meiko, a walk-on for UNM.

Butts was ultimately arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Furthermore, according to the police report, Butts stated “Mr. Locksley brought him from Chicago to play and gave him the vehicle to use.” New Mexico has since issued a statement that reads “On Saturday, a friend of UNM football player Meiko Locksley was arrested on the suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The suspect had borrowed the car of Meiko Locksley, which is registered to Kia and Meiko Locksley.

“The suspect, Joshua Butts, is not a recruit, not a member of the UNM football program or the athletics department.”

KOB also has video of the incident HERE.

To top the whole thing off, New Mexico actually lost to 1-AA opponent Sam Houston State yesterday — the game Butts was supposedly driving to see.

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

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As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.