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Rimington watch list details list of returning centers

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It’s the dead time of the college football calendar, which means it’s time for this sport’s oldest, most antiquated tradition: watch lists.

First one in line is the Rimington Trophy, given to the best center in college football. And to help voters narrow down their choice for when voting picks up six months from now, the Rimington has helpfully provided this watch list of essentially every returning starting center in college football.

The 2017 list includes (deep breath):

– Aaron Mitchell, Fresno State
– Alan Knott, South Carolina
– Alac Eberle, Florida State
– Antonyo Woods, Florida Atlantic
– Asotui Eli, Hawaii
– Austin Doan, Central Michigan
– Austin Golson, Auburn
– Austin Schlottmann, TCU
– Billy Price, Ohio State
– Blaise Fountain, New Mexico
– Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State
– Brad North, Northwestern
– Bradley Bozeman, Alabama
– Brendan Moore, Maryland
– Brian Allen, Michigan State
– Bryce Holland, Army
– Cameron Ruff, South Florida
– Chandler Miller, Tulsa
– Coleman Shelton, Washington
– Colton Prater, Texas A&M
– Danny Godloveske, Miami (Ohio)
– Dennis Edwards, Western Kentucky
– Drew Keyser, Memphis
– Erick Wren, Oklahoma
– Evan Brown, SMU
– Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
– Gabe Mobley, Georgia State
– Garrett McGhin, East Carolina
– Jake Bennett, Colorado State
– Jake Hanson, Oregon
– Jake Pruehs, Ohio
– James Daniels, Iowa
– James O’Hagan, Buffalo
– Jesse Burkett, Stanford
– John Keenoy, Western Michigan
– Jon Baker, Boston College
– Julian Good-Jones, Iowa State
– Keoni Taylor, San Jose State
– LaVonne Gauthney, Akron
– Levi Brown, Marshall
– Luke Shively, Northern Illinois
– Mason Hampton, Boise State
– Matt Hennessy, Temple
– Mesa Ribordy, Kansas
– Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
– Nathan Puthoff, Kent State
– Nick Allegretti, Illinois
– Nick Clarke, Old Dominion
– Reid Najvar, Kansas State
– Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest
– Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame
– Scott Quessenberry, UCLA
– Sean Krepsz, Nevada
– Sean Rawlings, Ole Miss
– Sumner Houston, Oregon State
– T.J. McCoy, Florida
– Tanner Thrift, Baylor
– Tejan Koroma, BYU
– Tim McAullife, Bowling Green
– Trey Martin, Rice
– Will Clapp, LSU
– Will Noble, Houston
– Zach Shackelford, Texas

Exhale.

Got all that?

Ohio State’s Pat Elflein claimed the honor last season.

Charlie Strong met with judge who issued scathing rebuke of USF coach

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When it comes to one of the more bizarre storylines of this offseason, they can indeed just get along.

Then-USF defensive end LaDarrius Jackson was arrested earlier this month on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment.  At Jackson’s initial court appearance last week, Judge Margaret Taylor, a USF graduate, ripped into both the player and, in particular, his head coach, Charlie Strong.  In a blistering diatribe that quickly went viral, the judge questioned whether the head coach has control of his players off the field because of two recent violent felony arrests as well as imploring Strong “to think long and hard about whether being head coach at USF is a good fit for you before any other members of this community have to suffer at the hands of one of your players.”

The public tongue-lashing forced Strong to issue a public statement defending himself and his football program, saying in part that “[w]e have wonderful young men in the USF football program who choose to do the right thing every day.”

Taylor subsequently recused herself from the case; Tuesday, the judge and the subject of her diatribe got together for what appears to be a very amicable meeting.  From the Tampa Bay Times:

It was a very positive conversation,” reported Chief Judge Ron Ficarrotta, who met Strong for coffee and asked if he would be willing to meet with the judge who gave him the dressing-down. Strong agreed, and the two spoke for about ten minutes in the chief judge’s chambers.

“I think Coach Strong was able to educate Judge Taylor on some of the issues,” Ficarrotta said. “It went very well.

Neither parties publicly commented on the meeting, although a USF spokesperson told the Times that the coach “appreciated the judge reaching out to him.”

“[It was]a very good meeting on both sides,” USF associated director of communications Brian Siegrest said according to the newspaper. “And they both left with a good understanding.”

Jackson was arrested again Wednesday on sexual battery and false imprisonment charges.  He was summarily dismissed by Strong the same day.

Bulls defensive back Hassan Childs was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in late March.  A day later, Childs was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession in connection to a road-rage incident the night he was shot.  Childs allegedly pointed a gun at least twice at a man, Jovanni Jimenez, and his family and was ultimately shot three times by Jimenez.

Childs too was dismissed from the football program.

Both Childs and Jackson were recruited and signed by Strong’s predecessor Willie Taggart, who left USF to take the head-coaching job at Oregon.  Strong was hired less than a week later.

USF dismisses DE LaDarrius Jackson after a second sexual assault charge

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For the second time in the span of a month, USF defensive end LaDarrius Jackson has been accused of sexual assault. And for the second time in a month, Jackson has also turned himself in to face charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment and has now been released by the program, according to Tampa Bay Times.

The alleged assault took place during a visit to a woman’s home on March 27. Per the report Tampa Bay Times report, the alleged victim informed police she was putting stuff away in her bathroom when Jackson asked multiple times to take a shower together. After turning down Jackson, the defensive end allegedly blocked the door, leading the woman to begin washing her hair. Jackson then allegedly grabbed her and began removing her clothes and committed sexual battery.

The story continued;

Afterward, Jackson made the woman drive to a nearby pharmacy to purchase an emergency contraceptive and ordered her to take it in his presence. He then made her drive him home to his on-campus dorm in USF’s Holly Apartments, the agency said.

This all allegedly took place in the same dorm that Jackson’s first assault allegation took place.

Last week, Jackson was arrested on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment and was held on bond. After that news, USF placed Jackson on an indefinite suspension from the program.

Jackson was a junior college transfer to the USF program under former head coach Willie Taggart (now the current Oregon coach). Charlie Strong was recently faced to confront comments from a judge about the behavior of the players within the Bulls program. The judge was presiding over Jackson’s preliminary hearing when she made the comments, and she has now disqualified herself from Jackson’s case.

Judge who ripped Charlie Strong disqualifies herself from USF player’s case

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Not surprisingly, there’s been another development in one of the odder stories of this or any other offseason.

Thursday morning, Judge Margaret Taylor, the Tampa Bay Times reports, issued an order that voluntarily disqualifies her from a case involving USF football player LaDarrius Jackson.  The Bulls defensive end was arrested Monday night on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment.

At Jackson’s initial court appearance Wednesday morning, Taylor, a USF graduate, ripped into both the player and, in particular, his head coach, Charlie Strong.  In a blistering diatribe that quickly went viral, the judge questioned whether the head coach has control of his players off the field because of two recent violent felony arrests as well as imploring Strong “to think long and hard about whether being head coach at USF is a good fit for you before any other members of this community have to suffer at the hands of one of your players.”

The public tongue-lashing forced Strong to issue a public statement defending himself and his football program, saying in part that “[w]e have wonderful young men in the USF football program who choose to do the right thing every day.”

Prior to the judge’s order earlier today, Jackson’s public defender had a motion ready to have her recused.  Those attorneys are also questioning the $102,500 bail set by Judge Taylor; a new judge will hear arguments on that issue later this week.

As it stands now, Jackson remains in jail.  He also remains indefinitely suspended from Strong’s football team.

Charlie Strong issues statement after judge’s blistering rebuke of him, his USF program

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That certainly didn’t take long.

Wednesday morning, a judge presiding over the case of a USF football player charged with two violent felonies issued a blistering rebuke of Charlie Strong, questioning whether the head coach has control of his players off the field because of two recent arrests.  Additionally, she implored Strong “to think long and hard about whether being head coach at USF is a good fit for you before any other members of this community have to suffer at the hands of one of your players.”

The judge, a USF alum, launched the diatribe at the preliminary hearing for LaDarrius Jackson, the Bulls defensive end who was arrested Monday night on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment.  Not long after her speech went national, the football program issued a statement, attributed to Strong, addressing the imbroglio.

Below is the statement, in its entirety:

In the short time I have been here our program has been built on character, discipline and family. We have wonderful young men in the USF football program who choose to do the right thing every day. We are dedicated to recruiting young men of high character, and to consistently developing them with structure and frequent education regarding appropriate conduct and behavior, on and off the playing field. While I am shocked and saddened at the recent arrest of a member of our team, I am disappointed that the actions of two players over the last two months have harmed the reputation of our program, of our wonderful university and of my character. We have high expectations of our coaches, staff and student-athletes and we hold accountable those who act contrary to our values.

Neither of the two players arrested in connection to violent incidents over the last month were recruited by Strong, who inherited them from his predecessor, Willie Taggart.  The first, defensive back Hassan Childs, was dismissed by Strong on the same day he was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession in connection to a road-rage incident, while Jackson has been indefinitely suspended.