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Three current MTSU players arrested after nightclub fight

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With the offseason arrest season in full swing, Middle Tennessee State is the latest FBS program to feel the sting of an off-field incident.

According to the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, five current or former MTSU athletes were arrested and charged early Sunday morning following an altercation at a local nightclub.  The current football Blue Raiders arrested were wide receiver Marcus Henry (pictured), cornerback Jared Singletary and offensive lineman Adam Stickel.

Two former MTSU football players were arrested as well — Anthony Amos and defensive lineman Jerrold Frazier.  The former was far and away MTSU’s leading receiver last season and is a 2013 NFL Draft prospect, while the latter was dismissed from the football program recently for unrelated reasons.

In the paper’s report, and aside from a basketball player, there’s no other indication that anyone else was arrested or charged in connection to the brouhaha.

“I was disappointed to learn the arrests of three current and two former football players,” head coach Rick Stockstill said in a statement. “This is not the reflection of our football program we want at Middle Tennessee and we will react accordingly after gathering all the information. We always try to represent our university to the highest standards and matters like this are taken very seriously.”

While no details of the fight that led to the arrest have been released, the specific charges were: the 20-year-old Henry, disorderly conduct and both evading and resisting arrest; the 18-year-old Stickel, underage consumption, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public intoxication; and the 19-year-old Singletary, disorderly conduct.

Henry started four of the six games in which he played last season, finishing 2012 with nine receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown.  Singletary appeared in six games, while Stickel took a redshirt as a true freshman.

(Photo credit: Middle Tennessee State athletics)

Was Washington loss the beginning of the end of the Steve Sarkisian era at USC?

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Steve Sarkisian’s win totals in his six previous seasons are both a positive and a negative.

On one hand, he resurrected a moribund Washington program that went 0-12 under Ty Willingham in 2008 and took them to four consecutive bowl games from 2010-2013. He won nine games his last year in Seattle, then led a talented-yet-thin USC team to a nine-win season and AP No. 20 finish in 2014.

Those are good accomplishments. But the flip side of the argument is Sarkisian has never won double-digit games in a season, something that’s a necessity to keep one’s job at USC. The Trojans’ 17-12 loss to Washington last night — at home, no less — means the road to 10 wins and a Pac-12 title will be awfully difficult.

And worse yet, there are plenty of arguments to be made Sarkisian doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt and a little more time in Los Angeles to turn things around (#SarkAfterDark, his drunken rant at a booster event, certainly doesn’t help). The reaction from national media to last night’s loss looked like this:

Mandel, in his column, argued USC is right where it was two years ago with Lane Kiffin as its coach. And there’s this embarrassing thought, that looks more and more like a truth, for Pat Haden:

This one, however, was the most damning by far for many reasons, most notably that it came at the hands of Sarkisian’s old team. The sense among many Washington fans nearly two years ago was that the Huskies managed to upgrade coaches when the school lured Chris Petersen from Boise State upon Sarkisian’s departure to USC.

They were right.

USA Today’s Dan Wolken similarly wrote that USC needs to drop Sarkisian and bring in Chip Kelly from the Philadelphia Eagles.

This is the state of USC, and it may not get better. The Trojans start a brutal three-game stretch next Saturday at Notre Dame in primetime, then welcome Utah to Los Angeles the next week. A Halloween trip to Berkeley to face Jared Goff and Cal finishes it up. There’s a very real chance USC, for all its talent and all its hype, limps into November with a 4-4 or 3-5 record.

Sarkisian will have to engineer and sustain a major turnaround in these coming weeks, otherwise he’ll give Haden all the ammo he needs to unceremoniously jettison him after two years.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

Kwazel Bertrand, Jacobi Owens
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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.