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‘Cuse kicker suspended after resisting arrest charge


Oh those wild and crazy college football kickers.

According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Syracuse kicker Ryan Norton was arrested very early last Friday morning following an on-campus meet-and-greet with the men in blue.  Specifically, the paper reported, Norton was charged with resisting arrest and underage possession of alcohol.

Documents obtained by the paper indicate that police officers approached Norton, who had an open 24-ounce can of Bud Light on his person.  He promptly informed the approaching officers that he was “not going anywhere.”  Very shortly after that, Norton did indeed go somewhere, fleeing from police after they informed him he was being placed under arrest.

A pursuit ensued and, well…

Court documents say that Norton pushed officers while running in an attempt to avoid arrest, refused to go to the ground after numerous commands and, once tackled by officers, refused to roll onto his stomach or put his hands behind his back.

He said, “Stop, I’m sorry,” according to the document, but continued to refuse commands from police.

The arrest time was recorded as 2:05 a.m. ET, so that tells you about all you need to know as to the cause of this incident.  Well, that and the 24-ounce can of Bud Light.

As a result of the charges, head coach Scott Shafer said Norton has been suspended for one game by the football program.  Norton has been the Orange’s starting kicker since Ross Krautman suffered a season-ending injury in early September.

With both Norton and Krautman unavailable, punter Riley Dixon will handle the placekicking duties during Saturday’s game against Wake Forest.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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.