Brent Calloway

PHOTO: Ex-‘Bama LB Brent Calloway wears Tide t-shirt in mugshot

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It appears that Brent Calloway still has an attachment to his former football program, at least when it comes to haberdashery.

Along with three teammates, Calloway was arrested in connection to a pair of robberies in February of 2013.  While Calloway did not physically participate in the robberies, he was charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.  That, though was Calloway’s second arrest since coming to the Tide as a four-star recruit in 2011; in October of that year, he was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

All four players were dismissed from the football program roughly two weeks after the alleged crimes were committed.

The former highly-touted recruit dropped down to the JUCO level before ultimately giving a rugby career a go. His off-field legal issues also continued after leaving Tuscaloosa, with al.com reporting that Calloway was arrested this past weekend and charged with felony unlawful possession of dangerous drugs and second degree possession of marijuana.

What makes this pertinent is that Calloway was proudly sporting an Alabama Crimson Tide t-shirt for his mugshot after being arrested:

Brent Calloway Mugshot

Parole Tide!!!

Calloway was a four-star member of the Tide’s 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 5 outside linebacker in the country; the No. 1 player in the state of Alabama at any position; and the No. 38 player overall according to Rivals.com.  His signing with Alabama was the culmination of a recruiting roller coaster ride that continued on into his very brief playing career in Tuscaloosa, with Calloway redshirting his true freshman season and playing a very limited role in the 12 games in which he appeared last season.

(Photo credit: Florence (Ala.) Police Department)

Saban addresses D.J. Pettway’s ‘horrible decision,’ return

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It’s not often we devote a single post to a junior college signee, let alone multiple ones. D.J. Pettway, though, is no normal JUCO addition.

The defensive lineman, a four-star Alabama recruit in 2011, was dismissed by the Tide in February of this year after being charged with two felony counts related to the beating and robbery of a UA student.  Two days after Pettway proclaimed he was back with the Tide following a season at the JUCO level, UA confirmed the player’s return. Because of the resulting controversy, the school’s athletic director even felt compelled to release a statement addressing said return.

Absent, though, was a public comment from The Process One. Until now.

Sunday night, Nick Saban addressed the decision to both allow Pettway back into the football program specifically and to the university in general.  And, for posterity, here are the Alabama head coach’s Pettway quotes, by way of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

“The university made some things that this particular guy (D.J. Pettway) could do and if he did all those things, they would look at letting him back in school. Based on what he did, based on his punishment and penalty, and based on what was required for him to go through a series of things, the university would make a decision to let him back in school, which he wanted to come back. He did all of those things. The university made a decision that he could come back. We made a decision that we wanted him back. We know D.J. Pettway very well. He certainly made a mistake in terms of what he did. We felt that this one person, because he did the things he was required to do, deserved a second chance.”

“D.J. was never a bad guy when he was here. We never had a lot of problems with him before. He did make a horrible decision to be involved with this incident but his involvement and the severity of his punishment was based on his involvement. Those are the guidelines that were set for him to get an opportunity to come back.”

The incident to which Saban attaches the “horrible decision” label involved three UA football players, including Pettway, accused of “[punching] a student’s head and face and [kicking] him in the ribs and back area.”   The three — Pettway, linebacker Tyler Hayes and defensive back Eddie Williams — were charged with two counts each of felony second-degree robbery, with the charges related to the theft of an Apple laptop as well as a debit card. Running back Brent Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card that was stolen in the attack.  All four were ultimately dismissed.

According to Saban, Pettway was the only one of the four who “[had the] opportunity” to return.

As for how Pettway wound his way back to Tuscaloosa, Saban acknowledged a potential return was discussed in the immediacy of the lineman’s dismissal.

“I told D.J. when the die was cast and this happened that if he did the things he was supposed to do we would certainly take it into consideration based on how he manages himself and things from now to coming back,” Saban said. “Until the university made the decision to allow him back in school, or cleared us to be able to recruit him, so we thought he could get back in school, we didn’t have any communication with him.”

As Yoda would say, stinks to high Heaven, this one does.

Or, as Mr. Vader once noted, the farce is strong with this one…

Nearly a year after dismissal, D.J. Pettway returns to the Tide

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Back in February, D.J. Pettway was one of four Alabama football players who were dismissed after they were arrested and charged in connection to the beating and robbery of a fellow UA student.  Ten months later, the lineman is apparently back in the football program’s good graces.

Eastern Mississippi Community College announced on its Twitter feed Wednesday that Pettway “is now officially an ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE!”  The defensive lineman himself confirmed via Twitter he has “signed with Bama again today.”

Wednesday is the first day players from the JUCO level can officially sign with FBS programs.

For what it’s worth, Alabama has not yet announced Pettway’s addition to the roster.

It was reported Feb. 12 that Pettway, along with linebacker Tyler Hayes and defensive back Eddie Williams, had been charged with two felony counts of second-degree robbery.  The three accosted a male Alabama student, beat him and stole an Apple laptop as well as a debit card.

According to arrest warrants, D.J. Pettway, Eddie Williams and Tyler Hayes punched a student’s head and face and kicked him in the ribs and back area. 

Williams and Hayes admitted to the attack, which caused cuts to the victim’s face, a mild concussion and severe swelling, according to the warrants.

The fourth player, running back Brent Calloway, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.

All four were indefinitely suspended the same day news of the arrests surfaced.  Two weeks later, the quartet was dismissed from the football program, with Pettway ultimately landing at EMCC after getting clearance from a judge to leave the state.

Pettway was a four-star member of Alabama’s 2011 recruiting class.  He played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2012.

(Tip O’ the Cap: al.com)

Brent Calloway drops from Tide down to JUCO level

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Nearly four months to the day he was booted by Alabama, Brent Calloway has decided to continue his playing career at a much, much lower level than he’s used to.

According to al.com, Calloway has decided to continue his playing career at Arizona Western College, where he will start out as a running back after spending time there as well as linebacker and H-back with the Tide.  After playing the 2013 season at the JUCO level, Calloway would have two years of eligibility remaining if he returns to the FBS ranks.

Along with three teammates, Calloway was arrested in connection to a pair of robberies this past February.  While Calloway did not physically participate in the robberies, he was charged with fraudulent use of a credit/debit card.  That, though was Calloway’s second arrest since coming to the Tide as a five-star recruit in 2011; in October of that year, he was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

All four players were dismissed from the football program roughly two weeks after the alleged crimes were committed.

Calloway was a four-star member of the Tide’s 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 38 player at any position in the country that year.  His signing with Alabama was the culmination of a recruiting roller coaster ride that continued on into his very brief playing career in Tuscaloosa, with Calloway redshirting his true freshman season and playing a very role in the 12 games in which he appeared last season.

Saturday afternoon one-liners

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Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…

— With an alumnus in charge, there’s a culture change afoot at Texas Tech.

— North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora: “We don’t feel like we’ve maxed out by any means.”

— The rehab from a broken femur for 2013 Notre Dame signee Torii Hunter Jr. has hit a snag and will delay a return to the football field.

— Father-and-son Iowa State assistants Wally and Shane Burnham find a way to mix football and family.

Mlive.com: Michigan State incoming linebacker Shane Jones gets brotherly shove heading to East Lansing.

— New Clemson recruiting czar Thad Turnipseed reunites with former Alabama mate Dabo Swinney.

Syracuse Post-Standard: In the secondary, the position to watch for Syracuse football is a three-man cornerback competition.

— Former Alabama football player Brent Calloway made a cameo appearance — as an Alabama Heisman winner — in the USA Network show “Necessary Roughness.”

— Penn State has extended its ban on bags, backpacks, purses, etc. at Beaver Stadium through the 2013 season.

— Houston will play its Oct. 12 game against Memphis at BBVA Compass Stadium.