Police: Former MTSU lineman used scholarship money for drug business

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Anyone out there opposed to giving athletes up to an extra $2,000 on their scholarship just got one big reason to back them up.

The legislation proposed by the NCAA last fall to allow schools to provide additional money to student-athletes was ultimately met with some extreme opposition — enough to suspend the idea until April so it can be revisited by the NCAA’s Board of Directors.

Whether or not they’ll take former Middle Tennessee lineman Preston Bailey‘s situation into account remains to be seen. Bailey was arrested earlier this month and charged with possession of a schedule VI drug with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police officers also found nearly a pound of marijuana and roughly $3,000 in cash in Bailey’s apartment.

But it was how Bailey, who has finished up his career and was placed on medical scholarship this semester due to a number of injuries, reportedly funded his drug business that is the most relevant to the NCAA BOD. A Murfreesboro Police spokesman said Bailey “used his scholarship money as start-up money for his illegal drug sales business.”

Naturally, MTSU’s athletic director Chris Massaro was stunned.

“This is one kid who did this, but even one is too many. To use (scholarship money) to sell drugs is outrageous,” Massaro said to the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. “We try to do everything we can to prevent this kind of thing and we think about what more we can do every day.”

Athletic programs are very involved in an player’s daily life, but it’s impossible to know what every kid is doing all the time. When athletic scholarship money is involved, the program becomes like a compliance office: the best they can do is try and educate athletes on how to live within their means.

As it pertains to an additional stipend, obviously you can’t assume every kid is going to use their scholarship money to fund a drug business — except at TCU, where, depending on who you ask, anywhere between five and 60 players are buying and selling drugs* — but instances like these don’t provide any favors to NCAA legislation already under intense scrutiny.

(*joking. Well, sort of) 

(Photo credit: MTSU athletics) 

Report: departing Miami DL coach could be headed to Alabama

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And now we know a little bit more of the rest of the story.

Just a short time ago, Miami announced that defensive line Craig Kuligowski was leaving the football program after two years to pursue unspecified opportunities elsewhere.  Subsequent to that announcement, Bruce Feldman of SI.com tweeted that Nick Saban and Tuscaloosa could be the assistant’s ultimate destination.

Kuligowski and Saban have a previous connection as the former played defensive line under the latter at Toledo in 1990.  Saban is searching for a replacement to Karl Dunbar, the Crimson Tide’s defensive line coach who left for a job with the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this month.

Other names floated as possibilities have included former FAU head coach Charlie Partridge and former UA assistant and current South Carolina line coach Lance Thompson.

DL coach Craig Kuligowski leaves Miami ‘to pursue other opportunities’

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At one point it appeared that Mark Richt had dodged a coaching-departure bullet.  In the end, however, his Miami staff has been hit.

Reports surfaced earlier in the day Monday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had interviewed UM defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski for the same job.  Not long after the initial speculation first appeared, the NFL club confirmed that it had hired someone other than Kuligowski for the position.

Tonight, however, the Hurricanes announced in a press release that Kuligowski “is leaving the program to pursue other opportunities.” What and where specifically that opportunity is wasn’t divulged by the football program.

Kuligowski had spent the past two seasons with the Hurricanes and is widely considered one of the top line coaches in the country.

Mark Your Calendars: KU, Wazzu reportedly set for 2027-28 home-and-home series

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Are you ready for some good news? Kansas and Washington State are (finally, FINALLY!) going to meet on the gridiron.

Are you ready for some bad news? You’re going to have to wait nearly a decade to see it.

The Jayhawks and Cougars have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2027-28, according to documents obtained by FBSchedules. Washington State is set to host the first game on Sept. 11, 2027, with Kansas returning the favor on Sept. 9, 2028. The programs have met 10 times previously, but not since 1977. Kansas holds a 7-2 all-time advantage.

Washington State is also set to visit Boise State in 2027, but does not have any other games lined up for ’28. Kansas does not have any other agreements for either season.

Interestingly, Wazzu’s Kansas home-and-home is sandwiched around a home-and-home with Kansas State in 2026 and ’29. Washington State has not faced a Big 12 opponent since a 65-17 loss at Oklahoma State to open the 2010 season.

Kansas, who also has future games with Rutgers, Boston College, Duke and Illinois on the docket, has not squared off with a Pac-12 foe — not counting former Big 12 bunk mate Colorado — since a 41-17 loss to UCLA on Sept. 8, 2001.

Cincinnati, Western Michigan ink home-and-home series

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Cincinnati and Western Michigan have agreed to a 2-game home-and-home series, it was announced Monday.

The Bearcats will host WMU on Sept. 12, 2020, and Western Michigan will host Cincinnati on Sept. 10, 2022.

The programs have met three times prior. Cincinnati and Western Michigan also played a home-and-home in 1949-50; the Bearcats won both games by scores of 27-6. Cincinnati also won their meeting in the 2007 International Bowl in Toronto,  a 27-24 triumph.

Cincinnati already has road games lined up with Miami (Ohio) and Nebraska in 2020, with a Sept. 5 opener still to fill. Considering the Bearcats already have two MAC opponents and a Big Ten trip lined up, that game will almost certainly be a home game and likely against an FCS opponent. In 2022, Cincinnati will host Indiana and play Miami (Ohio) at the Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium, with their Sept. 3 opener still unfilled.

Western Michigan also has a road trip to Notre Dame on the schedule for Sept. 19, 2020, and does not have any other games slated for 2022.