Concussion have once again brought a premature end to a collegiate playing career.
In a missive posted to his personal Twitter account, Akeel Lynch announced that he has “made the decision to stop playing football.” The Nevada running back’s decision was made because of “two significant concussions” he suffered in “a short period of time” and after consultation with doctors and family members.
“I’ve been battling the internal conflict between a childhood dream and consequence of another concussion,” Lynch added.
In January, Lynch announced his decision to move on from Penn State and ultimately landed at nevada as a graduate transfer. In three games this season, Lynch had rushed for 28 yards on eight carries.
He hadn’t played the last two games because of the most recent concussion.
After redshirting as a three-star true freshman in 2012, Lynch ran for 358 yards the following season for the Nittany Lions. A team-leading 678 yards rushing in 2014 set him up to be the bellcow of the Nittany Lions’ running game this past season; however, the emergence of true freshman Saquon Barkley (1,076 yards) relegated Lynch to a secondary role — his 282 yards were still second on the team — and helped pave the way for his departure from Happy Valley.
Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary began his legal battle against his former employer today in Bellefonte. McQueary, a key witness in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, says he was never able to develop a network of contacts to find other work after being removed from the Penn State coaching staff amid the fallout of the Sandusky scandal fallout.
McQueary believes a narrative about him was built following Penn State’s decision to place him on paid administrative leave once the details of a grand jury presentment regarding Sandusky was revealed. McQueary was later fired and he claims was then ostracized in the coaching community and by friends and family. McQueary is seeking $8 million in compensatory and punitive damages from the university.
The focus of the case will bring the story back to the moment McQueasry witnessed Sandusky and a boy in the showers of a Penn State facility. McQueary reported the incident to former rPenn State coach Joe Paterno, who then relayed the info to former Athletics Director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz. McQueary did not inform authorities of the incident because he trusted it would be handled appropriately, he claims.
Penn State has held off on dealing with this particular legal battle as long as it could in order to allow other legal processes play out related to the Sandusky scandal. Spanier, Curley and Schultz are scheduled to begin their criminal trials January 2, 2017.
Maryland’s first-year head coach is laying out his own brand of tough discipline on one of his players.
During Maryland’s 24-point loss to Penn State this past weekend, Isaiah Davis was flagged for a late hit on Joey Julius, the Nittany Lion’s hefty kicker. Additionally, the Terrapins linebacker was ejected from the contest.
Tuesday, D.J. Durkin announced that, because of the hit, Davis has been suspended for this Saturday’s game against Minnesota.
“Isaiah is a great young man, he’s a great member of our team. We love him. He made a very bad decision. We are a work in progress in learning what our team is about, what our culture is about. I spend a lot of time talking to our guys and trying to educate them on respecting the game we play. Respecting our team and being accountable to each other,” the Terps coach said according to the Washington Post. “And that really violates all of those things.”
This was the second week in a row that the 258-pound Julius was on the receiving end of what was deemed over-the-line rough play on a kickoff. Minnesota linebacker Jaylen Waters was ejected after delivering a late blow to the kicker that nearly caused a melee between the teams.
A situation that began prior to Penn State’s Week 5 home tilt with Minnesota has bled into the early portion of this week.
According to the university’s police department, they are looking to identify two men captured on surveillance video entering Beaver Stadium prior to last Saturday’s game. The unidentified college-aged males, one of whom was carrying a backpack, were seen on tape at around 4:15 a.m. local time, then left a short time later.
The department announced before Saturday’s game that they had “received information about a potential threat made against Beaver Stadium.” After an extensive search of the stadium, police gave the all-clear and the game kicked off at its scheduled time.
The campus police have yet to offer specific details as to the nature of the threat.
From the school’s student newspaper:
Anyone with information on the incident or the identity of the men should call University Police at 814-863-1111 or submit tips to Centre County Crime Stoppers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those providing information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 from Centre County Crime Stoppers.
Four Minnesota football players will not be charged in an alleged sexual assault case, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced on Monday.
Authorities said they are declining to file charges on the grounds of insufficient, admissible evidence in the case.
Defensive end Tamarion Johnson and defensive backs Dior Johnson, KiAnte Hardin and Ray Buford were all suspended prior to the team’s opener against Indiana State last month. The four Gophers were being investigated after a woman filed a complaint that she was sexually assaulted but none of the players were arrested in conjunction with the case.
Head coach Tracy Claeys is expected to address the status of the players on Tuesday. Of the four, only Buford was expected to significantly contribute this season after earning the starting job at cornerback following fall camp.
Minnesota hosts Iowa on Saturday in their next outing.