David Irving

Starting Cyclone DE David Irving arrested, charged after domestic incident


An incident involving scissors, a female and the police has left the short-term status of a starting member of Iowa State’s defense up in the air.

Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune reported early Thursday morning that defensive end David Irving was arrested Wednesday afternoon after Ames Police Department officers were called to a residence in response to a domestic dispute.  After speaking to both Irving and the alleged victim, Irving was charged with domestic assault with injury and simple assault.

From the paper:

The victim claimed to be assaulted by the defendant, who also cut a portion of the victim’s hair, in an argument, according to the complaint and affidavit provided to the Ames Tribune by Ames police. The victim showed bruising and a cut on the side of a leg. The victim was also cut on the hand, which the victim claimed was from scissors, according to the complaint and affidavit. The defendant denied cutting the hair of the victim, according to the complaint and affidavit.

The football has not commented on what the off-field incident may do to the defensive lineman’s on-field playing time.

Irving did not play in last Saturday’s loss to TCU due to what the Tribune said head coach Paul Rhodes described as “a non-football related health concern.”  Prior to that, Irving had started the first eight games of the season.

This season, Irving has 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.