And, fortunately for the football program, it’s not another Bayou Bengal as had been rumored.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that 20-year-old Robert Bayardo was arrested earlier Friday on a charge of felony second-degree battery. A cell phone video of the bar brawl last week appeared to show Bayardo knocking the alleged victim unconscious with a punch shortly after LSU running back Jeremy Hill was also seen on the clip punching the man.
Hill, whose attorney claimed the incident that was caught on tape was preceded by the alleged victim heckling his client about his past legal issues, was charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, no formal charges have been filed against either individual. A district attorney told the paper that it would be at least several weeks before that step is taken.
“We’ll have to wait and get the reports and make a decision on what the appropriate charges are, like any other case,” East Baton Rouge Parish DA Hillar Moore told the Times-Picayune. “It will be several weeks, probably longer. it takes a while to get the file and all of the records and all of the reports, video and statements.”
LSU’s leading rusher last season, Hill was indefinitely suspended shortly after his arrest. In January of 2012, Hill received two years probation and a suspended six-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile. He had originally been charged with felony oral sexual battery of a 14-year-old girl following an incident in a high school locker room.
The Times-Picayune writes that “Hill could have his suspension revoked and will likely be called back before District Judge Bonnie Jackson for a review of his probation.” One of the stipulations of his probation is that he refrains from criminal conduct during those two years.
Suffice to say, Hill’s availability for the 2013 season — and his freedom for a six-month stretch — is very much up in the air.
In the minds of some in the media and even more in the fan base, Ohio State in general and Cardale Jones specifically have been underwhelming through the first five games of the 2015 season.
Jones, in particular, has been a rather large target of much of the angst. Coming off a Cinderella-like three-game postseason run that helped OSU to a national championship, the perception is that Jones has been underwhelming and underperforming; even head coach Urban Meyer appeared to be leaning in that direction as he considered making the switch to J.T. Barrett prior to the Western Michigan win before reaffirming his commitment to the redshirt junior.
Is that perception valid? Statistically, he’s not that far off from where he was in the 2014 postseason, at least in a couple of categories.
He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes this season compared to 59.4 percent in the games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon. It was 9.9 yards per attempt in that three-game stretch last season, 8.2 in five games this season. When it comes to scoring and turning the ball over, however, that’s another matter entirely.
He threw a touchdown pass every 15 pass attempts in the 2014 postseason; this season, it’s one every 21 attempts. Even more glaring, he’s currently throwing an interception every 21 attempts as well. During the run that made him a household name, it was one pick every 37.5 throws.
So, fewer touchdowns plus more turnovers equals validation of the angst, right? Not so fast, at least as far as the college arm of Pro Football Focus goes.
A very serious allegation has triggered the latest resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.
UCLA confirmed in a statement that Adam Searl (pictured, No. 39) has been indefinitely suspended from the football program. The move comes nearly a day after the punter was arrested on three counts of rape.
He was released a handful of hours after his arrest on a $300,000 bond.
“We have been informed of the situation involving Adam Searl, and we take these accusations very seriously,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “Adam has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process runs its course. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to discuss this matter further at this time.”
The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in the middle of last October, and is the result what the Los Angeles Police Department described as “an exhaustive investigation.” As for what led to the charges, here’s the Los Angeles Daily News‘ account of the alleged incident:
The victim, a student at UCLA, reported the alleged assault to the LAPD on Oct. 14, 2014. She told police that she had met the suspect outside of an off-campus house party in Westwood. They went to another residence, where she fell asleep and awoke to find him assaulting her. She was able to identify Searl following the police investigation.
Searl punted 11 times as a redshirt freshman last season. He had punted five times this season as the backup to Matt Mengel.