Way back in early January, Greg Reid announced that he would be eschewing early entry into the NFL draft, saying in a statement that he “wanted to come back and play my senior season at Florida State University.”
Exactly three weeks after his arrest on a drug charge, Reid won’t get to fulfill that desire to play his final season at FSU as the talented defensive back has been dismissed from the football program. The school confirmed the development in a 25-word press release.
While Jimbo Fisher announced the move, no statement from the head coach was included in the initial release. The official reason for the dismissal was, of course, the always-handy “violation of team rules.”
July 10, Reid was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol and charged with driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana and a seatbelt violation. That was the cornerback’s second brush with the law in less than a year; last September, he was charged with a pair of misdemeanors, although those charges were eventually dropped.
He was also suspended for the season opener last year for an issue unrelated to his first arrest.
When he was able to make it onto the field, he was an impact player for the ‘Noles. In addition to his two interceptions last season, Reid was 18th in the country in punt returns with an average 11.24 yards per attempt.
The news wasn’t so positive on the mascot front for LSU Monday. Tuesday, there’s a little more uplifting news on that front coming from Texas.
UT has announced that the university has identified the next longhorn who will serve as the school’s live mascot. Bevo XV is in the midst of training for the job, and will make its debut when the football team does for the 2016 season — Sept. 4 at home against Notre Dame in one of the most anticipated games in a highly-anticipated opening weekend.
“Bevo has embodied Longhorn pride and Texas spirit for 100 years,” UT president Gregory Fenves said in a statement. “He is part of our campus culture and has watched our football team’s successes for decades. I’m looking forward to seeing Bevo XV in his place of honor on the field this coming season.”
“We are excited to kick off the upcoming athletics season by introducing the newest edition of one of our most beloved traditions at The University of Texas,” a statement from athletic director Mike Perrin began. “It’s also appropriate to unveil Bevo XV during this 100th anniversary year. We all look forward to meeting Bevo XV in September.”
Bevo XV replaces Bevo XIV, who died in October of 2015. Three days prior to the longhorn’s death, it was announced that he had been diagnosed with bovine leukemia.
The debut of Bevo XV coincides with the 100th anniversary of Bevo’s first appearance at a Longhorns football game.
Not surprisingly, one member of the Boston College football team is being sent off on a forced sabbatical.
Monday, BC announced that Troy Flutie has been indefinitely suspended from the program. The move came a few hours after his arrest on alcohol-related charges was made public.
After hitting a curb with a vehicle very early Saturday morning, Flutie was ultimately arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor, possession of an open container of liquor while driving and being a person younger than 21 in possession of liquor. He was also issued a citation for a marked lanes violation.
The school said that the quarterback/wide receiver faces “additional university sanctions pending the outcome of the court proceedings” as well.
Flutie began his BC career as a quarterback and, after redshirting as a true freshman, played in eight games in 2015. He completed 24-of-49 passes for three touchdowns and an interception during his limited action. Because of injuries at the position, Flutie was one of four Eagles quarterbacks to attempt at least 42 passes last season.
This spring, Flutie,the son of former BC wide receiver Darren Flutie and nephew of 1984 Heisman winner Doug Flutie, was moved to wide receiver.
While Walter Tucker has left Miami, it doesn’t appear he’l be leaving the state of Florida.
On social media over the weekend, Walter Tucker, by way of Matt Porter of Palm Beach Post, has indicated that he will continue his collegiate playing career at FIU. That football program has not announced one way or the other the fullback’s connection to the football program.
In his Instagram post, Tucker, in addition to revealing his father has cancer, posted a photo of himself superimposed over FIU’s football stadium as well as the hashtags “#FIUNATION,” “#PANTHERNATION.” and “#PANTHERPRIDE.”
It’s unclear if Tucker would be eligible to play immediately in 2016 with the Panthers.
Tucker played in 32 games the past three seasons, mainly on special teams. He carried the ball three times for eight yards in 2015, and caught one pass for eight yards the year before.
In February, new Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt announced that Tucker had decided to transfer from The U.
A couple of months before the start of summer camp, Nebraska is in the market for some interior line help.
According to a report from HuskerOnline.com, Stevie Tu’ikolovatu visited Lincoln over the weekend as he continues his search for a new football home. Tu’ikolovatu had decided very recently to transfer out of the Utah football program.
Tu’ikolovatu would provide immediate help to the ‘Huskers as he would be coming in as a graduate transfer.
Last season with the Utes, Tu’ikolovatu played in all 13 games, starting two of those contests. His four fumble recoveries were tied for the lead in the Pac-12 and second nationally.