The Arkansas legislature recently exempted state colleges from a new concealed-carry handgun law but that has not stopped schools from worrying about safety at big events in their stadiums this fall.
To that end, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the University of Arkansas has sent out a request for ‘metal detectors and advice on setting up the equipment to maximize both security and speed of entry.’ While school officials wouldn’t confirm metal detectors and new security measures would be in place this fall at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, it certainly appears we’re down that road eventually.
“UAPD and Razorback Athletics are working jointly to prepare security plans to be submitted to the Arkansas State Police, as outlined in the law, for the upcoming athletics seasons,” a school spokesman told the paper.
Metal detectors are not all that uncommon at big sporting events nowadays but are a bit rarer on the college football level. Some schools do implement such security measures and with the new law in the natural state, it appears Razorbacks officials are doing their part to keep the stadium secure and enforce the no-handguns policy.
Many schools have already started to enact NFL-style clear-bag policies and judging by what Arkansas is doing with metal detectors, it appears that won’t be the only new security measure that could filter down to the college level for the 2017 season.
It made perfect sense why Mark Dantonio dismissed Auston Robertson from his Michigan State football team on Friday. Now it really makes sense.
Friday, reports surfaced that Robertson was facing a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony, stemming from an April 9 incident. At the time, no details of what led to the charge were divulged; now, they have been.
From mlive.com, detailing the testimony of Meridian Township (Mich.) police detective Rebecca Payne during a court hearing:
… the alleged victim said she ran into Robertson at a party at around 11 p.m. on April 8 in East Lansing.
After the victim accompanied Robertson and a friend to a local pizza place, Robertson’s girlfriend then picked up the three and drove the alleged victim to her apartment, according to the testimony. MLive does not typically disclose the identities of sexual assault victims.
When the car arrived at the apartment, Robertson told the alleged victim he was going to walk her to her door “to make sure she gets there safely.” The woman told Payne she had been drinking.
He then entered the apartment and penetrated her against her will, according to Payne’s testimony, despite the alleged victim telling him multiple times to stop. He then abruptly stopped and told the alleged victim to not tell anybody about the incident, the testimony continued.
Prior to signing with MSU as a four-star member of its 2016 recruiting class, Robertson was charged with misdemeanor battery in his home state of Indiana. Prior to that, he had been charged with criminal mischief, damaging or defacing property and resisting arrest in a separate incident. Those charges were later dropped.
It was expected that Utah State would expand Rayshad Lewis‘ role with the Aggies to the defensive side of the ball. Instead, the son of former Miami All-American standout Ray Lewis has decided to look for a new college football home.
According to Scout.com, Lewis (pictured, No. 9) has decided to leave USU and will transfer to an undetermined location. The wide receiver seemingly confirmed the pending movement as he retweeted several well-wish tweets on his Twitter timeline. He also posted the following cryptic tweet Friday morning.
If Lewis lands at another FBS program, he’ll have to sit out the 2017 season. He’d then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.
Lewis was a two-star member of the Aggies’ 2016 recruiting class, opting for USU over offers from, among others, Appalachian State, Ball State, FAU, Idaho, Old Dominion and Toledo.
As a true freshman last season, Lewis started seven of the 12 games in which he played. The 5-10, 165-pound receiver finished second on the team in catches (40) and receiving yards (476), while his two receiving touchdowns were tied for second. The receptions and yards were second-most in the school’s history for a freshman.
For good measure, he added 110 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
This spring, the football program flirted with making Lewis a two-way player, with the rising sophomore logging time as a defensive back. He was also penciled in as a punt returner.
Just before the Terps’ spring football game on Saturday, Maryland has added a title and given a promotion to wide receivers coach Chris Beatty.
The Terrapin Times is first reported the change, which was later confirmed on the school’s official website.
Beatty is highly regarded for his recruiting abilities and played a big role in the team’s strong close to National Signing Day a few months ago. He joined the staff in College Park last year when head coach D.J. Durkin was hired and has recently had coaching stops at Virginia, Wisconsin and Illinois.
The title is a nice reward for Beatty and comes a few months after the previous holder of that associate head coach title, Mike London, left the staff to become the head coach at Howard University.
With Maryland wrapping up spring practice and the evaluation period under way across the country, it certainly makes plenty of sense for Durkin to finalize everything on his coaching staff and allow a trusted lieutenant to take on an even bigger role with the Terps.
Michigan State has dismissed defensive end Auston Robertson from the football team.
It surfaced earlier on Friday that Robertson was facing a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge as the result of an alleged incident on April 8th. It didn’t take long for the school to react to that headline hitting the papers before the Spartan defender was dismissed.
“The criminal sexual conduct charges announced today against Auston Robertson are of the most serious nature. Sexual assault has no place in our community,” head coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. “While there is an ongoing criminal process, we’re extremely disappointed that Auston put himself in this position. He is no longer a member of our football program.”
Robertson was charged with misdemeanor battery back in high school before even arriving in East Lansing but it was the latest troubling set of allegations that led to his quick dismissal from the program this time around. Per the Detroit Free Press, police said he raped a woman in her apartment after walking her home earlier this month.
Dantonio suspended Robertson from the team a day later and then formally booted him once charges were formally filed in the matter on Friday. The Free Press obtained court records that indicate the defensive end’s bond has been set at $75,000 but that he has not been formally arraigned yet.
Robertson played in seven games for the Spartans last season as a true freshman and was one of the team’s top recruits.
The dismissal is the latest in a string of bad news for Dantonio’s program this spring as they seek to reverse things on the field after a disappointing 3-9 campaign in 2016. Over a dozen players missed the team’s spring game two weeks ago and several unidentified players were suspended as the school investigates several sexual assault allegations. In addition, a prominent football staffer was also suspended for a month.