A former Tar Heels walk-on that allegedly suffered a concussion during an off-campus hazing incident has reached a settlement with North Carolina.
According to the Charlotte News & Observer, North Carolina will pay Jackson Boyer and his family $795,000 that “covers all of Jackson Boyer’s actual or potential personal injury claims, including but not limited to, any claim for damages, attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses.”
The incident occurred during preseason camp in 2014 while the team was staying at the Aloft Hotel in Chapel Hill. It was there that Tar Heels Des Lawrence, Donnie Miles, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker roped Boyer into the incident where, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports, Boyer suffered a concussion.
And that’s pretty much where the trail of information stopped.
No charges were filed, and neither the Chapel Hill or UNC police departments investigated the matter. The Boyer family has yet to discuss the matter publicly. The four alleged offenders remained on the team, with a one-game suspension, but have not been made available to the media. Boyer has since transferred to USC, and Walker left the team midway through last season.
Boyer’s attorney told the News & Observer simply, “the matter has been resolved.”
In addition to the $795,000 headed to Boyer, UNC paid for the mediator’s fees and expenses and “continue its good faith, best efforts towards developing healthy team cultures, taking into account the recommendations of the university’s current working group tasked with addressing student issues involving hazing and bullying.”
The rise of Elijah Hood has seemingly cost North Carolina a promising backfield prospect moving forward.
A UNC official has confirmed the burgeoning speculation that Ty’Son Williams has decided to transfer out of Larry Fedora‘s Tar Heels football program. The school has declined to give a reason behind the parting of ways.
Williams would’ve entered the 2016 season behind the junior Hood (first-team All-ACC with 1,463 yards rushing) and senior T.J. Logan (second amongst backs with 400 yards rushing) on the Tar Heels’ depth chart. However, with Logan out of eligibility after this year and Hood expected to make the early leap to the next NFL draft, it was thought that Williams would’ve been the team’s bellcow in the backfield in 2017.
A four-star member of UNC’s 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 22 back in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the state of South Carolina. He chose UNC over offers from, among others, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.
As a true freshman, Williams appeared in six games. He carried the ball 19 times for 57 yards in limited action.
The long, strange journey of Jake Raulerson has apparently come to an end, but not before one final little twist.
After it was announced in January that the Texas graduate transfer would be moving on to UCLA, it was reported earlier this month that he wouldn’t be a Bruin after all as he wasn’t admitted into his two preferred graduate programs at that school. Subsequent to that, Raulerson posted on Twitter that he had been accepted into SMU’s business program, leading most to assume that the Mustangs would be his new home.
What’s that saying about the word assume? Again on his Twitter account, Raulerson revealed Wednesday that he has been accepted into Arkansas’ business school, seemingly confirming that SMU now had some competition for his services both academically and athletically.
Less than a day after that posting, Raulerson took to the same social media site Thursday to announce that he will be finishing (presumably) his collegiate career with the Razorbacks.
The acceptance letter and decision to transfer to the Hogs came after an extended visit to Fayetteville by the offensive lineman last week. Along with UA and SMU, North Carolina had also been believed to be a potential landing spot.
Raulerson started five games in 2014 (four at center, one at guard), then played in eight games this past season. Exiting the 2015 regular season, Patterson was viewed as the favorite to win the starting center job for the Longhorns in 2016.
Not only will Raulerson be eligible to play immediately at Arkansas, but he will be eligible to play in 2017 as well.
The first member of Baylor’s 2016 recruiting class to unofficially move on from Waco revealed his intentions earlier this week. Today, there appears to be a frontrunner for the services of one of that recruit’s former classmates.
Late last week, it was reported that wide receiver signee Tren'Davian Dickson had been granted a release from his scholarship. A handful of days later, ESPN.com is reporting that Houston is the new frontrunner to land Dickson.
The recruitment is not over with, however, as the WWL adds that the Texas high school product visited Oregon Wednesday, and could set up a visit to North Carolina in the near future as well.
Unlike D.Q. Osborne, the 2016 BU signee who committed to Oklahoma State Tuesday, Dickson will have to sit out 2016 regardless of where he lands.
Dickson was an early enrollee who participated in spring practice and attended classes. Because of that, he’ll be forced to sit out the upcoming season.
Additionally, BU placed a stipulation on Dickson’s release that he would not be permitted to transfer to another Big 12 program.
A four-star member of the Bears’ most recent recruiting class, Dickson was rated as the No. 14 receiver in the country and the No. 16 player at any position in the state of Texas. On 247Sports.com‘s composite board, he was the No. 105 player in the country.
Usually when a player announces his intention to transfer as a graduate student to another institution, that’s the last we hear of it. The player leaves his undergraduate university, enrolls at his new school and that, as they say, is that.
But there is an entire field of hurdles that must be cleared for a player to switch schools, and it appears Jake Raulerson got snagged on one of them.
According to a report from Bruin Report Online, Raulerson, who announced this winter he would leave Texas for UCLA, did not gain admittance to his two preferred graduate programs — the MBA and Masters in Applied Economics programs. He was accepted into UCLA’s Masters of Education program but, according to the report, has chosen to go in another direction.
A part-time starter at center during his time at Texas, Raulerson was admitted to graduate programs at Stanford, Michigan and North Carolina, but chose UCLA and its inviting depth chart instead. With the Cardinal, Wolverines and Tar Heels now full, BRO reports Raulerson is likely to enroll in the MBA program at SMU.
4 p.m. ET Update: Raulerson has all but confirmed he will enroll at SMU.