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Officer report: ‘I do not know Jessica Dorrell and I have never met her’

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Today, Arkansas State Police released the report written by Capt. Lance King, the officer who drove Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino from a Fayetteville intersection to a local hospital following a motocycle accident last Sunday involving Petrino and UA football employee Jessica Dorrell.

The report is the second from ASP to be released in the past week, the first of which (released last Thursday) opened up the story that resulted in Petrino being placed on administrative leave and admitting to a “previous inappropriate relationship.”

The report, I’m sure you can tell, is quite long, but ultimately doesn’t provide any details that would affect Petrino’s job security with UA. The issue at hand is Petrino withholding information from athletic director Jeff Long until the initial police report was released, and the possibility of a quid pro quo between Petrino and Dorrell, who was hired as UA’s  student-athlete development coordinator for football just days before the accident.

About the only thing King’s report does reveal is that Petrino asks a lot of questions about who will be interviewed and what will be asked. Which makes sense, because no married dude wants to get caught riding a motorcycle with a girl nearly half their age.

That, and Petrino did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of being transported to the hospital.

Oh, and there’s a Lt. Colonel named Tim K’Nuckles. That’s not important, but it’s pretty awesome.

What was important about King’s role in the incident is that there is a pre-existing connection between him and Petrino. If there’s a pre-existing connection, does King know about Dorrell and any possible relationship that could be detrimental to Arkansas? Obviously, that’s debunked quickly. In fact, King makes it a point to note that he does “not know Jessica Dorrell and I have never met her.” Additionally, King emphasizes he is not close with Petrino or his family outside of their respective jobs.

(Although, the sequence of who drove Petrino to the hospital doesn’t make a lot of sense. Long did, obviously, but he tells Mrs. Petrino he doesn’t know who took her husband from the scene. The next day, Mr. William says he took Petrino to the hospital. Just an odd sequence.) 

The memorandum was given to Long, but I highly doubt this provides him with any new usable information.

Baylor’s Chris Johnson reportedly transferring to Houston

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Baylor Attrition Day” here at CFT continues, although this one has nothing to do with a 2016 signee.

According to a report from Rivals.com affiliate SicEmSports, Chris Johnson has decided to leave Baylor and transfer into the Houston football program.  The same website is reporting that the Bears gave the erstwhile quarterback a release from his scholarship.

Johnson will be graduating from BU this summer, thus making himself immediately eligible to play for the Cougars in 2016.  Not only that, but he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Thanks to a rash of injuries at the position, Johnson started two games for the Bears at quarterback in 2015 before he too sustained an injury. He returned to start BU’s bowl win over North Carolina, but changed positions this spring and was listed as a wide receiver/tight end on his official BU profile. At least in the beginning, he’s expected to continue in a receiving role with the Cougars.

Third 2016 Baylor signee set to move on to Texas

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This past week, Texas confirmed four-star 2016 Baylor signee Devin Duvernay had joined Charlie Strong‘s football program, just a couple of days after BU announced five 2016 signees had been granted releases from their National Letters of Intent.  Shortly after that, another 2016 BU signee, offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez, revealed via Twitter that he too will be moving on to the Longhorns.

Now, another has migrated from Waco to Austin.

According to a report from ESPN.com, Donovan Duvernay has committed to play his college football for Texas.  This Duvernay is the twin brother of Devan Duvernay.

The wide receiver will be eligible to play for the Longhorns in 2016.

A three-star member of the Bears’ 2016 recruiting class, Duvernay was rated as the No. 61 athlete in the country and the No. 113 player at any position in the state of Texas.

Texas the landing spot for second four-star 2016 Baylor signee

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In the end, Baylor’s loss will turn into Texas’ gain.  Again.

Just a couple of days after Baylor announced five 2016 signees had been granted releases from their National Letters of Intent, one of those prospects announced their new landing spot.  And, to add insult to injury, said landing spot is a fellow Big 12 member.

And the state’s flagship university for good measure.

Pictured with Texas head coach Charlie Strong, that would be offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez announcing that he will begin his collegiate playing career with the Longhorns. And the get for UT, at least when it comes to recruiting pedigree, is a huge one.

Urquidez was a four-star BU signee this past February, rated as the No. 22 offensive tackle; the No. 37 player at any position in the state of Texas; and the No. 244 player on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.

The lineman becomes the second 2016 Bears signee to join the Longhorns since the sexual assault scandal slammed headfirst into Waco. Late this past week, UT confirmed the addition of four-star wide receiver Devin Duvernay.

Reportedly transferring from Vols, Ray Raulerson confirms he’s ‘exploring options’

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Thursday, reports surfaced that two Tennessee offensive linemen would be leaving the Volunteers football program and possibly transferring to the FCS level.  Friday, one of those two confirmed he’s looking into it.

Speaking to The Knoxville News Sentinel, Ray Raulerson acknowledged that he’s “exploring options right now,” although he stopped short of confirming a transfer.  However, the redshirt sophomore center talked of his time in Knoxville in the past tense, an indication that he is prepared to move on.

“I’m exploring options right now,” Raulerson told the News Sentinel. “…I really loved it at Tennessee, but I’m going to go to a place where I have a better chance to play.”

Raulerson was a three-star member of UT’s 2014 recruiting class.  After redshirting as a true freshman, he played in five games in 2015.

It has yet to be confirmed that the other lineman, fifth-year senior tackle Dontavius Blair, is indeed transferring.  Raulerson, though, told the newspaper that his teammate is leaving as well.