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Alabama taking former receivers coach Mike Groh to court over $57,000


Alabama is taking legal action against former assistant coach Mike Groh, arguing the former coach owes the school money from a contract buyout.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Alabama is seeking $57,000 from Groh in a lawsuit filed Thursday in a Tuscaloosa county court. Groh was the wide receivers coach for Alabama from 2011 through 2012.  In 2013 Groh left Alabama to coach in the NFL as a receivers coach for the Chicago Bears. According to the lawsuit, Alabama head coach Nick Saban chose not to waive the buyout fee on Groh’s contract, meaning Groh would be required to pay the university the requested sum before leaving for another job.

Perhaps Groh left Saban’s staff on bad terms? For a school with as much going for it as Alabama, you would think they would just look past the $57,000. This all seems like a little bit of pettiness on behalf of Alabama, but you can understand where they are coming from. It would certainly be a bad precedent for a school to allow assistant coaches to leave without penalty as they wish. That leaves the door open for a constant state of instability, as odd as that phrase sounds.

Groh’s contract with Alabama was set to expire at the end of February 2014.

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Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”

Illini’s leading rusher, Josh Ferguson, officially ruled out vs. Iowa

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If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.

On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa.  The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.

Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.

Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team.  He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.

With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.  Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.