Suffice to say, this hasn’t been a postcard last couple of weeks for Brian Kelly‘s Notre Dame football program on the off-field front.
The latest Irish player to find himself on the wrong side of the legal tracks is wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, who was one of nearly 30 individuals cited for consumption of alcohol by a minor on May 13. As to what led to the issue at a residence owned by Daniels’ parents in Vernon Hills (Ill), the Chicago Tribune writes that “[p]olice said they were responding to a call for an ambulance when ‘all subjects were found to be participating in an underage party and had consumed alcohol while under the age of 21.'”
(Writer’s note: liberally insert “but for the grace of God go I” here, as well as “thanking said God for giving me really cool neighbors in a Podunk town growing up, including the chief of police who lived kitty-corner to us”)
One report stated that “police received an anonymous call just after midnight May 13″, which led to the citations.
A court appearance for the 19-year-old Daniels and all 28 other minors cited in the party incident is scheduled for June 14.
My personal opinion on the drinking age aside, Daniels becomes the third alcohol-related incident involving an Irish player this May. Quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were involved in an incident at an off-campus party earlier this month that resulted in multiple misdemeanors for the former and an intimidation charge for the latter.
In March of last year, All-American wide receiver Michael Floyd, a first-round pick in this past April’s NFL draft, nearly had his record-setting Notre Dame career derailed by the third of three alcohol-related arrests.
Ironically enough, Daniels, who redshirted as a true freshman in 2011, is being looked on as a receiver who could help alleviate the offensive production lost with Floyd’s departure for the NFL.
Entering the South Bend school as a four-star recruit in 2011, Daniels was rated as the No. 2 player at any position in the state of Illinois.
Remember how we talked about it’s impossible to follow sports and ignore politics? Not long after John Swofford released a statement on how a North Carolina law would effect ACC sporting events, the Arkansas legislature passed a bill that will do the same in the SEC.
The Arkansas House voted 71-20 to allow its state colleges and universities to exempt themselves from a law that greatly expands venues permitting concealed-carry handguns. Until the passing of SB724 today, guns would have been permissible inside Razorback Stadium, among other places.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey released a statement earlier this week urging state lawmakers to remove sporting venues from the bill. “HB 1249 creates concerns for the Southeastern Conference and its member institutions,” he said. “It remains our collective desire to provide a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans, and will continue to closely monitor the status of this legislation.”
Passing the bill was made more complicated by the involvement of the NRA, according to Rep. Jimmy Gateway.
The bill must now head back to the Senate before it can receive final approval from Governor Asa Hutchinson.
It’s pretty much impossible to keep politics out of the sports page today. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey was forced to release a statement on Tuesday urging Arkansas state legislators to exempt Razorbacks sporting venues from a bill that would greatly expand areas allowing concealed-carry handguns, and now ACC commissioner John Swofford has been forced to wade back into political waters.
North Carolina’s state legislature brokered a deal Thursday with new governor Roy Cooper to repeal House Bill 2, the controversial law requiring persons within Tar Heel state borders to use public bathrooms matching their gender at birth. The “bathroom bill” cost the state a reported $3.76 billion in revenue, and some of that lost revenue related directly to college football.
Following the NCAA’s lead of revoking the state’s championship event hosting privileges due to HB2, the ACC moved its football championship game from Charlotte to Orlando (the men’s basketball tournament was previously booked for Brooklyn), a move that cost the conference itself money as well.
Thursday’s repeal of HB2 is more complicated than simply yanking the bathroom bill (this is where I’ll direct you to a much more appropriate place to digest the political news of the hour than a college football blog) and, as such, Swofford’s statement is appropriately nuanced.
The ACC is still undecided where this December’s title game will be played, and Swofford will kick that decision upstairs to the league’s presidents.
Oklahoma offensive tackle Christian Daimler will pursue a transfer, according to a message posted to his Twitter account Thursday.
As a fifth-year senior, Daimler qualifies as a graduate transfer and will be eligible immediately. “I could not be more excited about what my future holds,” Daimler wrote. “Wherever I end up I know that I will always be a Sooner and for that am I so proud. This University [sic] will forever remain close to my heart. Boomer Sooner.”
If that name does not immediately ring a bell, you are forgiven. Daimler appeared in three games as a Sooner, all over last season.
Hailing from Houston, Daimler, who stands 6-foot-7 and is listed at 321 pounds, was a 3-star recruit when he signed with Oklahoma over Texas A&M, Arizona State and Colorado, among others.
With Baylor seemingly running away with the title of most embarrassing university in collegiate athletics, a Penn State trustee has said “hold my beer.”
Friday, former Penn State president Graham Spanier was found guilty on one count of endangering the welfare of children in a trial related to his role in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. In an email to the Chronicle of Higher Education this week, PSU trustee Albert Lord had sharp words for the victims of Sandusky, who was found guilty on 45 of 48 child-sex abuse charges in June of 2012 and is currently serving a sentence of at least 30 years.
“Running out of sympathy for 35 yr old, so-called victims with 7 digit net worth,” the trustee wrote in a portion of the email. “Do not understand why they were so prominent in trial. As you learned, Graham Spanier never knew Sandusky abused anyone.”
Spanier was found not guilty on two other charges, a second count of child endangerment and one count of criminal conspiracy.
In a statement, the chairman of the school’s board of trustees, Ira Lubert, attempted to distance the body from Lord’s comments.
“Al Lord’s comments are personal and do not represent the opinions of the board or the university.”