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Oklahoma State’s Devon Thomas charged with three felonies

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The charges against Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas are a little heavier than previously reported. It was reported last week Thomas was charged with two felonies, including an intent to kill, following an arrest from an armed robbery last week. Tulsa World is now reporting Thomas actually faces three felony charges.

Thomas is scheduled to be arraigned today. The charges previously reported were for shooting with intent to kill and for robbery with a firearm. The latest felony added to the charges is for first-degree burglary.

According to police reports, as documented by Tulsa World, Thomas is accused of being a part of a group of intruders breaking into a home, forcing a person into a bedroom while threatening to shoot while waiting for someone else to arrive at the home so they could rob him. The victim told police the men took marijuana, money, shoes and other clothing. The victim identified the intruders and claimed to know each of them for years. Thomas, according to the victim, was the only one carrying a gun.

Thomas enrolled at Oklahoma State this spring in order to practice with the Cowboys and get a jump on his career this fall. With this legal matter standing in the way, the future of Thomas at Oklahoma State remains foggy at best. For now, the university is allowing the legal process to play out, which is standard protocol under these circumstances for any program. If Thomas is found guilty of any of these charges, his football status will be the least of his worries.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.