Well, this is certainly an unexpected — and wholly unwelcomed — development for Rutgers.
Head coach Kyle Flood announced Tuesday that starting cornerback Ian Thomas has abruptly left the Scarlet Knights football program in order to pursue a career in baseball. Flood said Thomas will transfer to another university in order to engage that pursuit.
The decision to move on and change sports appeared to blindside both the coach and players.
“I didn’t really see a sign that it would happen,” Flood said. “It’s a strange occurrence to me but it happens. It happens here and it happens at other places. I saw an article about a kid at UCF (DE Blake Keller) who was playing for them and decided it wasn’t the right place for him for whatever reason. Players make those decisions. Division I football is certainly demanding and if you are not 100 percent and your heart is not in it then I could see why somebody would want to move on.”
“Ian and I were very close friends actually and we talked all the time,” wide receiver Leonte Carroo said. “But nothing like that ever came up. It was very shocking to me.”
Thomas had started three of the six games in which he’s played in 2013. This season, the redshirt sophomore had one of Rutgers’ four interceptions.
Arguably the most surprising twist to this abrupt development comes courtesy of a quote from Thomas’ high school football coach.
“The young man didn’t play baseball in high school,” said Franklin (Md.) High School coach Anthony Burgos said.
Well, OK then.
Colorado had already lost one starting inside linebacker to injury. Now, the Buffs have lost another.
Kenneth Olugbode sustained an unspecified leg injury in the Week 5 loss to Oregon. As a result, Olugbode will miss 4-6 weeks.
At minimum, Olugbode will miss games against Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon State and UCLA, possibly returning for the Nov. 7 game against Stanford. Missing six weeks would see him miss the Stanford and USC games, returning, Nov. 21 vs. Washington State.
“It’s going to be a big loss,” defensive tackle Justin Solis said according to the Denver Post. “It starts up front with us, the D-line. Not having K.O. out there is a huge loss, but it’s definitely something we accept as a challenge as a D-line. We’re going to step it up while he’s out.”
Olugbode had started all five games this season after starting all 12 games as a sophomore last season. Ryan Severson is expected to take his place in the starting lineup.
Back on September 10, it was announced that Jim Harbaugh had dismissed Logan Tuley-Tillman for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.” Now we know what that unacceptable conduct was. Allegedly.
Wednesday morning, mlive.com is reporting, Tuley-Tillman was charged with three felonies stemming from a Sept. 4 incident in which he’s accused of filming a sex act with a woman without her knowledge. Tuley-Tillman was officially charged with two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.
From the report:
Capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person is punishable by up to two years in prison, a fine of no more than $2,000, or both. Using a computer to commit a crime, in this case, would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of no more than $5,000, or both.
The incident occurred in the 300 block of Catherine Street Sept. 4. Tuley-Tillman is accused of filming a portion of a sexual encounter with a woman without her knowledge and then transmitting it to his personal device without her permission, according to Ann Arbor police.
Tuley-Tillman was a four-star member of Brady Hoke‘s second-to-last UM recruiting class, rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Illinois. He played in one game as a redshirt freshman last season, the season opener against Appalachian State.
This season, he had been listed as the No. 2 left tackle and played in the 2015 opener.