Russell Diercks smokes a half marijuana and tobacco joint inside of Frankie Sports Bar and Grill in Olympia

Backup FIU lineman arrested on pot charge


I know, the horror of it all.

Regardless, yet another player from an FBS program in Florida has found himself in a sticky, so to speak, off-field situation.  According to the Miami Herald, FIU offensive lineman Prince Matt (not pictured) was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, while also producing a top-ten mugshot in the process.

Because of the amount involved, it’s a misdemeanor charge that’s already been settled with a $50 fine, the Herald reported.  The school is aware of the situation.

“FIU Athletics is aware of an incident involving one of our student-athletes,” the athletic department said in a statement. “We are in full cooperation with the University Police Department and its investigation. Per athletics department policy, there will be no further comment on this incident until the completion of the investigation.”

The specifics of the incident that led to the arrest have not yet been disclosed.

“I do take matters like this extremely seriously. He will be dealt with in an appropriate manner,” new head coach Ron Turner said in his statement.

Matt was a redshirt freshman in 2012 who did not appear on the team’s final two-deep depth chart.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.