Fall camp can officially not get here soon enough. Although, when it does arrive for FIU, the Golden Panthers will be without their leading running back from a year ago.
The university announced in a statement Monday that Kendrick Rhodes has been dismissed from the team for the usual “violation of team policy.” However, a report from the Miami Herald suggests the reason behind Rhodes’ dismissal may not have been of the garden variety.
The Herald reports that Rhodes was arrested on Sunday charged with discharging a weapon on school property, a second-degree felony. He is also reportedly charged with three misdemeanor, including discharging a firearm while under the influence. FIU did not mention the report from the Herald or give any specific reason for Rhodes’ dismissal.
Rhodes led the team last year with 717 rushing yards while recording four rushing touchdowns. He also ran for 1,149 yards in 2011. With Rhodes gone, the team’s ground game suddenly looks bleak. FIU’s leading returning rusher is quarterback Jake Medlock. Shane Coleman, who only had eight carries last season, could be asked to shoulder a significantly heavier load for FIU in the run game this year.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.