As expected, James Franklin is looking to mitigate a potentially damaging allegation that surfaced earlier in the day Tuesday.
The Tennessean reported yesterday morning that the former Vanderbilt and current Penn State head coach was accused in court filings of reaching out to an alleged rape victim days after an alleged sexual assault that led to the dismissal of four Commodore football players. The alleged victim reportedly aided Vandy in its football recruiting efforts, prompting Franklin, per the defense attorney for one of the accused, to reach out to her “during a medical examination four days after the [alleged] rape.”
The alleged victim appeared to have been a part of a “hostess program” at the school that would certainly garner the NCAA’s attention. From the paper: “Coach Franklin called her in for a private meeting and told her he wanted her to get fifteen pretty girls together and form a team to assist with the recruiting even though he knew it was against the rules. He added that all the other colleges did it.”
In a statement released through the university late last night, labeled the accusations false.
“The allegations that I did something wrong are simply not true,” Franklin’s statement began. “I have cooperated fully with the authorities in this matter but, out of respect for the legal process, I am not able to comment any further.”
Franklin is expected to meet with the media Thursday for the first time since the report of misconduct surfaced.
Back on September 10, it was announced that Jim Harbaugh had dismissed Logan Tuley-Tillman for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.” Now we know what that unacceptable conduct was. Allegedly.
Wednesday morning, mlive.com is reporting, Tuley-Tillman was charged with three felonies stemming from a Sept. 4 incident in which he’s accused of filming a sex act with a woman without her knowledge. Tuley-Tillman was officially charged with two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.
From the report:
Capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person is punishable by up to two years in prison, a fine of no more than $2,000, or both. Using a computer to commit a crime, in this case, would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of no more than $5,000, or both.
The incident occurred in the 300 block of Catherine Street Sept. 4. Tuley-Tillman is accused of filming a portion of a sexual encounter with a woman without her knowledge and then transmitting it to his personal device without her permission, according to Ann Arbor police.
Tuley-Tillman was a four-star member of Brady Hoke‘s second-to-last UM recruiting class, rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Illinois. He played in one game as a redshirt freshman last season, the season opener against Appalachian State.
This season, he had been listed as the No. 2 left tackle and played in the 2015 opener.
One of the most talented players on the defensive side of the ball not only in the Big 12 but in the country has seen his season come to an abrupt end.
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced Tuesday that Karl Joseph will miss the remainder of the 2015 season because of an injury to his right knee. The hard-hitting safety sustained the injury in a non-contact drill during practice Tuesday.
The injury also marks the end of Joseph’s collegiate playing career as he’s off to the NFL next spring.
“I am devastated and heartbroken for Karl,” Holgorsen said in a statement. “He is a young man who has given everything he has to our football program and University over the past four years and who elected to return to WVU for his senior season to earn his degree and to be a part of something special with this team. He exemplifies what it means to be a Mountaineer. Karl is an All-American, a fierce competitor, a leader and I know he will have a full recovery, and I can’t wait to watch him on Sundays next fall.”
Joseph started all 42 games in which he played for the Mountaineers. He was first-team All-Big 12 last season, and his name littered numerous preseason All-American teams this year.
“I want to thank my teammates and my coaches for their outpouring of support,” Joseph said. “This has been difficult for me and my family but I know I will come through this stronger than ever. I will forever be a Mountaineer and will be cheering on our team every step of the way.”