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Son of Pat Swilling moving on from Tulsa hoops to Tulsa football

Pat Swilling Jr., Zach Hanson, Devin Brooks, D'Andre Wright AP

Last month it was a Duke lacrosse player looking to extend his collegiate sports career by moving on to a football team, albeit at a different university.  This month, it’s a basketball player doing the same thing, although this one won’t have to leave a campus with which he’s very familiar.

In an interview with Tulsa World Wednesday, Pat Swilling Jr. confirmed that he will become a walk-on for the Tulsa football team.  The son of former Georgia Tech and NFL standout Pat Swilling is expected to end up in the Golden Hurricane’s backfield as a running back.

Swilling Jr., who acknowledged he had spoken to UCF and Oklahoma State, among others, about playing football this season, has not played the sport since high school in 2009. He has, though, been shaking the rust off at a facility in Florida.

“I’m acclimated to wearing a helmet and pads again,” he told the paper. “I’ve done some football training during the last few summers. I haven’t been playing football games, but I’ve stayed connected with football.”

While head coach Bill Blankenship signed off on the addition, Swilling’s presence on the roster will likely come with at least a hint of controversy.

Swilling missed the last 11 games of his senior basketball season this year due to a suspension after he was accused of sexual assaulting a woman.  No charges were ever filed against Swilling, and a protective order that had been issued against him was dropped in April.

Because Swilling played just four years of college basketball and didn’t use a redshirt, he maintains one year of athletic eligibility according to NCAA accounting standards.

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7 Responses to “Son of Pat Swilling moving on from Tulsa hoops to Tulsa football”
  1. psly2124 says: Jun 12, 2014 7:52 AM

    Don’t know the circumstances around the accused situation. But chances are the victim didn’t want to go to trial. This will not be the last time this person assaults a female.

  2. ducksk says: Jun 12, 2014 10:53 AM

    Privileged. Spoiled.

  3. annapterp says: Jun 12, 2014 11:43 AM

    psly2124 – you stated you don’t know the circumstances and then made a completely uneducated speculative statement. Stick with your first statement because you don’t know anything. What a completely stupid thing to post.

  4. psly2124 says: Jun 12, 2014 11:50 AM

    Well there was enough evidence to suspend him for 11 games of the basketball season. That’s pretty serious, so if he were innocent, I would sue the accuser of defamation for possibly ruining my basketball career. So my assumption most likely is 99.8% correct.

  5. annapterp says: Jun 12, 2014 12:26 PM

    Backward thinking at its best! Must be a liberal. There have been MANY false accusations of sexual assault by women. Making remarks like yours with no facts or understanding the situation is reckless and irresponsible. But stand by your ignorant remarks. You have a 50-50 chance at best that you are correct.

  6. imaduffer says: Jun 12, 2014 3:25 PM

    @imatwerp,

    Using the words, backward thinking, liberal and ignorant just shows you how much of a tea bagger you are. And I believe I am 100% correct to say, that you need to go out and put some fresh air in the tires of your mobile home.

  7. psly2124 says: Jun 12, 2014 8:22 PM

    I am the furthest thing from a liberal. All liberals are p.o.s. Innocent people don’t get suspended for 11 games.

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