Boise State DT Mataele back on scholarship; eligible in 2015

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After sitting out the entire 2013 season following a school sanctioned suspension Boise State will welcome back defensive tackle Deuce Mataele. Mataele was set to return to the football program for practices in 2014, but he will not be eligible to play for the Broncos until 2015 according to the NCAA. He will have one final year of eligibility on scholarship.

According to The Idaho Statesman, Boise State confirmed the status of Mataele on Friday. Mataele did not play a game for Boise State in 2013 after being ruled ineligible following a suspension by the university for the fall semester. The NCAA ruled Mataele ineligible following a bit of confusion regarding his academic status from a  junior college. Per The Idaho Statesman report, former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen stated the problem was an academic issue with Mataele’s junior college, although the extent of the complication was not revealed by Petersen.

An NCAA investigation in to the situation accused Mataele of providing false information to an online college regarding prerequisite course information. Due to the false grade reporting, Mataele’s grade was adjusted to dip him below the minimum required course work to be eligible to compete as a student-athlete. Boise state attempted to appeal the NCAA’s decision, which noted Mateele was suspended by the junior college, but it was a futile effort.

Mataele was previously thought to be a strong candidate for a starting job on Boise State’s defensive line. He will have plenty of time to get adjusted to the Boise State program and compete for a starting job in 2015.

Former Texas A&M WR Thomas Johnson arrested on murder charge

Thomas Johnson
Associated Press

A very disturbing story has emerged out of Dallas, where former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson sits in a Dallas County jail cell after allegedly admitting to hacking an unsuspecting jogger to death with a machete.

Just before 8 a.m. Monday, authorities say Johnson went to White Rock Creek Trail, a popular jogging trail in northeast Dallas, and randomly slashed a jogger to death. “It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told the Dallas Morning News. “He just attacked him. … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”

Johnson then walked away from the scene in search of a cell phone. An onlooker had already dialed 911, and when police arrived Johnson allegedly told them there was a man “laying down with a sword in his head and not moving.”

“I just committed capital murder,” Johnson said and then repeated, according to his arrest affidavit. The only motive police reported was that Johnson was angry at his situation in life at the time of the slaying.

The victim, an unidentified male between the age of 25 and 35, passed away at a nearby hospital.

Johnson, meanwhile, remains in a Dallas County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Johnson was a highly-regarded member of Kevin Sumlin‘s first recruiting class at Texas A&M. As a true freshman in 2012, the Dallas native caught 30 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown through the Aggies’ upset of then-No. 1 Alabama and then simply… disappeared. He went missing for three days in November 2012 before turning up back home in Dallas. His mother told the San Antonio Express-News last April Johnson would like to return to college football, but a return to the game never materialized.

No punishment from SEC for Bielema’s sideline interaction with Alabama player

Bret Bielema

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will not be disciplined by the SEC office for his brief interaction with Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson last weekend. A video showing Bielema exaggerating his interaction with Robinson at the end of a play was reviewed by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, and the commissioner has discussed the situation with the Razorbacks coach.

“I visited with Bret over the phone on Monday and we discussed the play that has now become widely reviewed through a brief video clip,” Sankey said in a released statement. “Football is played in an intense competitive environment and I reminded him of the need for head coaches to resolve with their own players issues that may arise, which was his intent. The unsportsmanlike penalty assessed on the play was not directly associated with Bret’s efforts to intervene at the end of the play and we are moving forward in a positive manner.”

That appears to be the end of the discussion regarding Bielema’s act. I personally think there should have been some more done here by the league’s commissioner, but we will see if Bielema avoids putting himself in a similar position moving forward.