In the midst of a miserable first season under Sonny Dykes, the Cal football program has officially hit rock bottom off the football as well.
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that, late last week, two players were involved in a locker-room scuffle. The brouhaha ended with freshman running back Fabiano Hale hospitalized with undisclosed injuries and a police investigation into the incident.
UC-Berkeley police have declined to identify the other player involved or state whether charges will be filed.
“It was one-on-one,” police Lt. Marc DeCoulode told the Chronicle. “We know who the suspect is.”
The paper wrote that “[t]he incident happened after a workout involving players who don’t travel with the team.”
In the wake of this report, the university released a statement (somewhat) addressing the situation:
We are cooperating fully with the investigation into an incident involving members of our football team. Our team culture is built on mutual respect for and accountability to each other.
There has been a lot of misinformation reported today that does need to be addressed:
- A player was checked into the urgent care facility at the Tang Center on campus as soon as possible after an incident occurred by a member of our sports medicine staff.
- Once full advised of the situation, a Cal physician, coach and administrator each contacted the player’s family prior to the family’s arrival at the hospital. In addition, the coach personally visited the player and his family at the hospital.
We are still in the process of gathering information but will not rush to judgment. We will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.
How about we start off the morning with something positive for a change?
As the Bowling Green caravan was driving back from Saturday’s game against Buffalo, a woman in front of the school’s four bus swerved and her vehicle hit the center divider on the Interstate in Northeast Ohio. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle burst into flames.
That’s when Dino Babers, BGSU’s head coach, and trainer Chelsea Lowe jumped into action. From the Toledo Blade:
The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him — but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers said. “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt.
“I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”
So that first BG bus, which was unaffected by the crash, stopped a short distance away, and Babers and Lowe went to the car.
“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe said. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.
Baber and Lowe were able to pull the 25-year-old woman away from the vehicle, and stayed with her until police and fire personnel arrived on the scene. The coach was even able to go back to the burning vehicle and retrieve the woman’s purse and keys.
As for Babers motivation in acting the way he did, read the Blade‘s account of the incident. It’ll be well worth your time.
For those looking for a change under center Between the Hedges, think again.
In Georgia’s first loss Saturday, Alabama harassed and harangued Greyson Lambert into a miserable day. The Virginia graduate transfer completed just 10-of-24 passes for 86 yards and an interception in the rain-soaked 38-10 home beatdown.
While some wondered whether UGA would pull the trigger and promote backup Brice Ramsey for the Week 6 game against Tennessee, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicated that no change at the position is on the horizon — and that Ramsey would still get his opportunities.
“It’s no secret we plan on playing Brice in every game,” Schottenheimer said. “Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is going to play. …
“We believe in competition. Greyson doesn’t need to go look over his shoulder in terms of who is starting the game. He needs to worry about moving the team. He knows Brice is going to come in at some point. Nothing has changed. The rotation is what it is.”
If you were just going off the most recent tape, Ramsey’s play actually made it an easy decision for the staff to stick with status quo. Inserted in an attempt to breathe some life into a limp offense, Ramsey completed 3-of-6 passes, although two of those completions went to Tide defenders.