Booted off the Nebraska football team in late June following an altercation with a teammate, Ernest Suttles was reportedly ticketed for a transfer to Miami.
The Hurricanes, however, added three transfer defensive linemen over the past week. Where does that leave Suttles and his off-field issue? Walking to Memphis, reportedly.
According to Sean Callahan of HuskerOnline.com, the defensive end has decided to transfer to Memphis and will continue his playing career with the Tigers. Callahan wrote on Twitter that the move to the American Athletic Conference school came after “Miami denied his transfer this week.”
The Memphis Commercial-Appeal subsequently confirmed the report, writing that Suttles attended the Tigers’ practice Monday.
“We, obviously, are very excited to have him here,” Memphis head coach Justin Fuente said. “He was involved in an unfortunate situation, but we got letters of recommendation from an associate athletic director at Nebraska, from (Suttles’) high school principal, his high school football coach, a high school teacher and we talked to two assistant coaches at Nebraska. They all had nothing but unbelievable things to say about him. They said he was a really good kid who made a mistake and was in a bad situation.”
Suttles would be forced to sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules if this move comes to fruition. He’ll have four years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.
According to reports at the time, Suttles was cited for hitting Nebraska linebacker David Santos in the head with a beer bottle (not pictured) during a party off-campus. Suttles and linebacker Thomas Brown, who was involved in the incident but not charged, were dismissed from the football program.
Suttles was a three-star member of the Cornhuskers’ 2013 recruiting class.
Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.
The website Gridiron.com, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August. The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.
From the site’s report:
The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.
The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”
Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”
At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations. Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.
One of the most productive pass-catching duos in the country has been cut in half.
Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery confirmed Tuesday that Keevan Lucas sustained a torn patellar tendon in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to Houston. As a result, the wide receiver will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
“He’s such an emotional leader for us and such a great kid,” the first-year coach said. “We’ll have to make a few adjustments offensively and move some people around and try to make sure we’ve got guys in the right spot but also guys who will step up and be ready to play.”
Lucas is currently second on the team with 26 receptions and 409 receiving yards, behind Keyarris Garrett‘s 33 and 539. His five receiving touchdowns, though, are tops on the team.
Montgomery expects Lucas to be healthy enough to participate in spring practice next year.