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Pair of Hokies charged after detonating explosive device


No, seriously, they did.  Allegedly.

According to a report from the Roanoke Times, Virginia Tech football players Joshua Trimble and Brian Rody were arrested Sunday night after what the paper describes as a small explosive device was detonated (pictured).  At this time, it’s unclear if the denotation was meant as a tribute to or impersonation of the Hokies’ six-loss season.

Whatever the case, the two budding CIA operatives were charged with manufacturing and detonating an explosive device.  The charges are no joking matter, though, as they’re felonies.

Tech subsequently confirmed that, per school policy as it relates to a felony charge, the players are automatically hit with an indefinite suspension.  The Washington Post points out that Bonnie and Clod are no longer listed on the football team’s roster, either.

An attorney for the player told the Associated Press that “they were playing a prank on a friend and meant no harm.”  That prank, the Post reports, involved “[putting] aluminum foil and toilet bowl cleaner into a soda bottle and [leaving] it outside someone else’s apartment.”

It goes ‘Boom,’ blows up and made a loud noise,” the lawyer, Jimmy Turk, told the paper in reference to the incident, not the Hokies’ 2012 season. “They went back to their apartment and were laughing about it. They certainly did not have any idea that it would be anything at all that would constitute a felony charge being brought.”

Both of the players involved in the incident are walk-ons.  Trimble, a linebacker, played in 11 games this season, mainly on special teams, while Rody, a quarterback, did not see the field after redshirting as a true freshman last season.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.