Dre Kirkpatrick busted for pot possession


Not one week after declaring for the NFL, Alabama defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick has already found himself in some legal trouble that… okay, it probably won’t affect his draft status at all.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s website, Kirkpatrick was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning in Palmetto, FL, for possessing 7.9 grams of marijuana*. A police spokesperson stated Kirkpatrick was a passenger in a rented car driven by former Alabama defensive back Chris Rogers, which was driving on the wrong side of the road when the two were pulled over.

(*note: Honey Badger is unimpressed)

Rogers admitted to purchasing the drugs; Kirkpatrick says he was in the car when the purchase was made, but didn’t know it was a drug deal. Incidentally, the two were under the influence of drugs when the arrest was made.

Kirkpatrick faces a misdemeanor charge was released on $120 bond.

Kirkpatrick is projected to be a early-to-mid first-round pick by many NFL scouts. He recorded 30 tackles and two forced fumbles on the season. He was named a 2nd Team All-American cornerback by the Associated Press.

(Tip of the cap: The Big Lead) 

Updated: Mike Smith to coach linebackers at WVU


West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has already filled in one spot on his defensive staff left by the departures of coordinator and two assistants with former Oklahoma State safeties coach Joe DeForest. Now, he’s reportedly filled another.

CBSSportsBruce Feldman and Footballscoop.com both reported Tuesday that New York Jets linebackers coach Mike Smith would take the same job with the Mountaineers.

“Might not be a big name, but coaches we have spoken with think this is a great hire,” Footballscoop says. Feldman also praised the hire, but nothing official has come from West Virginia’s camp just yet.

Smith was previously an intern with the Jets, but was promoted to linebackers coach when Leach offered Smith to come to Washington State to coach. Smith played at Texas Tech when Hologrsen was an assistant under Mike Leach and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.

UPDATED 1/18 @ 9:15 a.m. ET: Smith confirmed to Patrick Southern of BlueGoldNews.com via text message that he is a part of WVU’s coaching staff. In what capacity, however, he would not confirm.

The New York Daily News reports that Smith will serve as co-defensive coordinator, although that has yet to be confirmed or denied by anyone at WVU.

Former LSU LB officially transferring to Houston, ready to play in ’13


Houston defensive coordinator James Bryant will have one of the top linebackers from 2011’s recruiting class to work with.

After just one season with LSU, Houston-area LB Trevon Randle is coming back to play for the Houston Cougars, according to Sam Khan of the Houston Chronicle. Randle, from League City, Texas, will be eligible to play for the Cougars in 2013.

Randle was a three-star LB and ranked No. 17 at that position according to Rivals. Khan has a more in-depth look at Randle’s high school career and recruitment.

Although Randle didn’t make an impact for Tigers this season, he is still relatively well-known for different reasons. In the height of the Willie Lyles investigation at Oregon, the NCAA interviewed Randle about a possible connection with Lyles, the owner of Complete Scouting Services. LSU used recruiting material provided by Lyles, although the legitimacy of that material has come into question.

(photo courtesy of Rivals.com) 

Updyke’s lawyer files motion for delay, change of venue


The lawyer for Harvey Updyke, the man accused of poisoning the trees at Toomer’s Corner, has filed two more motions — a delay in trial a change in venue — in addition to the request that the judge overseeing Updyke’s case be removed as Updyke’s case gets closer to trial.

Updyke’s attorney, Everett Wess, asked for the delay in the trial, which is currently set for March 5, on Tuesday at the Lee County Circuit Court so that he could “enlist experts on the poisoning of trees.” Wess also asked that the trial be moved to Birmingham, Jefferson County, Mobile County or Madison County.

So far, the motions are under consideration, although judge Jacob Walker said “This is not the appropriate time,” for such requests. For the record, Walker will remain the judge for Updyke’s case.

Updyke pleaded not guilty in May to two felony counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two felony counts for unlawful damage, vandalism or theft of property from a farm animal or crop facility and two misdemeanor counts of desecrating a venerated object.

Some want criminal investigation over assault video from night of BCS title game


Alabama walked away from the BCS championship game last week with a 21-0 victory over LSU, but the joy of their second BCS title in three years has been dampened by a viral video showing an Alabama fan sexually assaulting an unconscious LSU fan.

Some background: the video taken from a cell phone first appeared on the YouTube channel for “BamaSportsForum” (which has since been deleted) and was picked up by Deadspin.com two days ago. The incident took place at a Krystal restaurant on Bourbon Street the night of the BCS championship game.

The video, about five minutes long, features several Alabama fans hazing, poking and taking pictures of the unconscious man. Then, one individual exposes himself and places his genitals on the unconscious fan before a restaurant employee steps in to disperse the crowd.

The video, as one could imagine, has caused an outrage among both programs and fan bases, and at least one local figure wants a criminal investigation of the incident. From WDSU in New Orleans:

“The fact that it could happen with that additional amount of police officers being available is absolutely appalling and the reaction to it, to me, is pretty appalling,” said Dale Standifier with the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children.

New Orleans police said their Sex Crimes Unit was aware of the incident and was waiting to be contacted by the victim before taking action.

“The man was obviously passed out, intoxicated and unable to defend himself, and he was assaulted,” Standifier said. “He was sexually assaulted, and humiliated and tormented while people cheered, and he shouldn’t have to stand up for himself and say, ‘I want to press charges.’ The city should be pressing charges and trying to move forward. If you had a murder victim, you can’t expect the victim himself, the corpse, to testify.”

Remi Braden, a spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department, says the head of the Sex Crimes Unit is aware of the video and has reviewed it, but that all involved, including the victim, are unknown and no one has come forward to file a complaint.

“In sexual assault cases, victims make the ultimate decision to inform police so that we can thoroughly investigate a situation.Should that person in this video decide to come to us, we will launch a complete investigation,” Braden said.

Alabama has issued a statement on the video, which reads:

“UA hopes that our fans will act with class and dignity and we are disappointed when they don’t. We are aware of the video… and will appropriately deal with any student who might have been involved.”

It’s unknown if the individual who assaulted the fan is a student at Alabama.

LSU has chosen not to comment on the video at this time.