Yes, yes. You don’t care about Buffalo.
However, for those who do (welcome, you two), there’s some bad news for the Bulls’ defense. Junior linebacker Khalil Mack has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, per multiple news outlets. The Buffalo News reports that the suspension comes days after Mack was involved in a fight with a teammate, though the school is staying mum about the alleged situation.
Mack, who was absent from practice on Monday, missed last Saturday’s intersquad scrimmage, and UB coach Jeff Quinn declined to shed further light on the suspension or Mack’s return.
“It’s being handled,” Quinn said. “Right now it’s a day-by-day situation but it’s being handled. It’s the right way to do it.”
UB athletics director Danny White declined comment other than to say the program is following normal protocol for disciplining student athletes and that the situation will be handled with tremendous integrity, character and address what’s best for the student athletes.
Not that UB had a chance in its season opening game against Georgia anyway, but losing Mack is a big loss for the defense. In two seasons, Mack has recorded 133 total tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He’s also has seven forced fumbles, good enough to tie him for a school record.
Mack was recently named to the Nagurski and Lombardi watch lists.
Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.
With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future. The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.
Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.
At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas. The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.
Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels. He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”
Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”
At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations. Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.