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Ex-Herd RB Grooms lands at Liberty

After a trio of legal issues over the past 15 months, Kevin Grooms was summarily dismissed by Marshall in late July. A couple of weeks later, the running back has found a new home.

In a press release, Liberty announced that Grooms has enrolled at the school and will be a member of the Flames football team. Despite the fact that Liberty plays at the FCS level, Grooms won’t be eligible to play immediately in 2014. He will have one year of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015.

Below is a statement attributed to head coach Turner Gill.

“Kevin sought out our football program because he is at a point in his life where he wants to make some positive changes. He believes Liberty University would provide the type of atmosphere that would allow him to be successful in this endeavor. He understands that he will be expected to grow academically, athletically, socially and spiritually. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Kevin and be a part of his growth and maturity.

“While Kevin has enjoyed success both academically and athletically at Marshall, the thing that made Kevin attractive to us is the fact that he has had some adversity and he wants to make changes in his life. Liberty University is a place that has always offered young people a second change and we are excited to be a part of that process in Kevin’s life.”

Most of the adversity to which Gill refers was of the player’s own doing.

His departure from the Herd came a few hours after Grooms was arrested on a felony burglary charge as well as misdemeanors of domestic assault, petit larceny and fleeing on foot.

The arrest was Grooms’ third in a little over 15 months. In late April of last year, the back was charged with underage consumption of alcohol and obstruction. Seven months later, he was suspended indefinitely after he was arrested and charged with domestic battery and obstruction.

Head coach Doc Holliday reinstated Grooms before the start of spring practice, with the player exiting the 15 sessions as the clear starter at the position.

After redshirting as a true freshman — he was a three-star member of the Herd’s 2011 recruiting class coming out of high school in Hollywood, Fla. — Grooms led Marshall in 2012 with 737 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He was named Conference USA’s Freshman of the Year following that season.

Despite not playing the in the last three games last season due to a combination of injuries and his suspension, Grooms finished third on the team with 503 yards rushing and six rushing touchdowns.

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7 Responses to “Ex-Herd RB Grooms lands at Liberty”
  1. mauldawg says: Aug 19, 2014 2:45 PM

    He will never make it thru the year. Once a thug always a thug. Doc gave him 3 or 4 chances and he blew them all. If ha cant play at MU as a thug he will never play anywhere a coach runs a straight program. MU will take any player it makes no difference what you criminal history.

  2. binarymath says: Aug 19, 2014 3:37 PM

    I wonder if this will become the model for CFB in the future:

    1. player gets in trouble with the law
    2. if he is in one of the Big 5 conferences, he gets “waived” and banished to one of the non-paying schools
    3. if he is already at a non-paying school, he can “do his time” for a season, and maybe get an offer from the big boys later if his talent > his risk
    4. meanwhile, a kid at a non-paying school plays well as a freshman, and then gets poached by a big school
    5. the big school then cuts a 3rd team special teams player to make room.

    Welcome to the new world.

  3. teedraper says: Aug 19, 2014 6:31 PM

    Kid is an idiot. Was a trouble making barely eligible player in high school & is the exact same way in college.

    The ghettos of Hollywood, FL await you idiot.

    What a shame.

  4. cubano76 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:53 AM

    Dang! A felony burglary charge as well as misdemeanors of domestic assault, petit larceny and fleeing on foot. I would hope he’s ready to make a change for goodness sakes. Hope this kid understands this may be his last chance to do something with his life.

  5. noaxetogrind says: Aug 20, 2014 8:42 AM

    Happen to know a little about this particular case because I have friends on both staffs. Some Facts as opposed to opinions are as follows:
    1. All the charges referenced above were dismissed. Of course that won’t make the news. They were dismissed because A) the dwelling he allegedly broke into was in fact his own, B) the 911 call was made by neighbors who heard him and his girlfriend arguing, the actual Domestic charge was for “verbal threats”, there was absolutely no physical altercation, C) For teedraper, leaving Marshall in good academic standing with over 2.7 GPA.
    2. For those on here who claim they know Doc, then you should know how Doc feels about this kid. No excuses, if you violate rules there are consequences. However the net of this is that he received a citation his freshmen year for an open container, and then had two run ins with the same girl resulting it two shouting matches resulting in two calls to the police,
    3. This kid had plenty of schools who wanted him after Marshall let him go. He called Liberty because he feels he needs that type of atmosphere to make it in life. Liberty grilled this kid and vetted him all the way back to high school. They think he is serious about changing his life. It’s actually a bad business decision for them as he only will have one year of eligibility remaining so I applaud there willingness to invest in his life.
    Time will tell if the cynics on here are right or if this young man is serious about changing his life.

  6. chad1999 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:20 PM

    Don’t talk about Hollywood fl like that we making somewhere just like him

  7. truewvufan says: Oct 7, 2014 11:44 PM

    @ noaxetogrind, were you aware that while he was not charged for it, Grooms was also driving a car that hit a pedestrian crossing the street but was only charged with underage consumption and obstruction last April? This thug fled the scene and ditched the car. Police caught him holding the keys and registration, witnesses saw him exit the drivers seat of the vehicle and flee the scene, but he claims he wasn’t driving.

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