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Petition requests Youngstown State remove convicted rapist from football team

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In 2013, Ma’lik Richmond was one of two football players from Steubenville High School in Ohio to be convicted of raping a 16-year old high school girl. Today, he is currently a Youngstown State football player, unless an online petition gains enough traction to change that.

An online petition on Change.org started by Katelyn Davis of Ohio and a student at Youngstown State, is asking Youngstown State head coach Bo Pelini and president Jim Tressel to remove Richmond from the football program.

From the online petition;

Now, in 2017, as YSU students prepare to return to school and spend fall nights watching their football team play, there is a huge problem. That problem is that Richmond will be on the field, playing a game. He will be representing the university and all that it stands for. President Tressel and Coach Pelini, are you more concerned with your football team’s status than the disgusting rape of a young girl?

The petition goes on to say Richmond is deserving of a second chance and explains the demand is only to have Richmond not be a part of the football program.

Does he deserve a second chance? Yes, he does, and he is receiving that second chance by furthering his education on YSU’s campus. Does he deserve the privilege of playing on a football team and representing a university? Absolutely not. Education is a right, whereas playing on a sports team is not.

As of the time of this posting, the petition is fewer than 1,000 digital signatures away from the target goal of 7,500 signatures before being presented to Pelini and Tressel.

Richmond was released from juvenile prison in 2014 after completing his sentence. Richmond has been registered as a juvenile sex offender.

Bo Pelini moves closer to a national title shot; Mount Union ousted from D3 playoffs

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While Army and Navy were closing out the regular season for this college football season, the playoffs have continued to whittle down the number of national title contenders at the FCS, Division 2 and Division 3 levels this weekend. Among those left standing in the lower tiers of college football is former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, who has Youngstown State (11-3) heading to the FCS semifinals next week following a double-overtime victory Wofford (10-4).

“You take a win any way you can get it,” Pelini said following an exciting victory at home over Wofford. “We had to overcome a lot… did enough to win the football game. That’s all that really matters.”

For a coach who had a rough time getting Nebraska over the hump to be a Big 12 and later a Big Ten champion, Pelini has turned Youngstown State around into being a legitimate national title contender at the school once dominated by Jim Tressel (who is now the president at Youngstown State). Could this be the first step toward Pelini returning to an FBS program? Maybe next year once the coaching carousel gets back in full swing, but for now Pelini is focused on his next opponent.

Next up is a semifinal matchup with Eastern Washington (12-1). The Eagles are coming off a 38-0 victory over Richmond (10-4) on Saturday, so Pelini’s Penguins will certainly have another uphill battle in front of them this week.

Elsewhere around the ongoing playoffs on Saturday, North Dakota State (12-1) avenged their only loss of the regular season by topping South Dakota State (9-4), 36-10. The five-time defending national champions are on a roll, but South Dakota State did pull one of the more entertaining trick plays of the weekend…

North Dakota State will take on James Madison (12-1), with the Dukes coming off a decisive knockout of previously undefeated Sam Houston State (12-1) on Friday night (65-7). That should be one heavyweight fight.

The D2 championship is set to be played between North Alabama (10-1) and Northwester Missouri State (13-0). No school has more D2 national titles than Northwest Missouri State, with five (North Dakota State won five D2 titles from 1983 to 1990 before moving up to 1-AA). North Alabama will play for the first D2 national title in school history.

For the first time since 2004, the Division 3 championship will not be won by either Mount Union or UW-Whitewater. UW-Whitewater was ousted last week and Mount Union took a loss on Saturday against Mary Hardin-Baylor. Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-0) will take on UW-Oshkosh (12-1) in the Stagg Bowl. Both schools will be playing for their first D3 championship.

Bo Pelini still having meltdowns with officials at Youngstown State

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If you thought a move to the FCS world would simmer Bo Pelini, think again. The former head coach of Nebraska is still raging as head coach of Youngstown State, as Saturday showed in epic fashion.

Here’s the situation. Youngstown State trailed North Dakota State, 27-24, late in the fourth quarter. The Penguins took the ball at its own 30-yard line with a chance to move down field for a tie or perhaps a win against one of the true powers of the FCS. With 29 seconds remaining on the clock and a shot a game-tying field goal about to be had, Pelini’s temper got in the way and drew not one, but two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Pelini was upset over a pass interference penalty on a previous series when Youngstown State was on defense. North Dakota State went on to score a touchdown on that drive.

They didn’t like the way I was talking to them,” Pelini said of the officials after the game.

Pelini had plenty of reasons to feel hot under the collar. His Youngstown State team blew a 24-10 lead int eh fourth quarter for the loss.

Nebraska AD offers show of support for Mike Riley and staff

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Things are not going well for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in year one of the Mike Riley era. Riley may be the nicest college football coach in the country, but his Huskers are on the brink of being ineligible for postseason play. After hitting a ceiling of nine wins under Bo Pelini, Nebraska has now come close to falling through the floor under Riley. With this most recent loss against Purdue, Nebraska Athletics Director Shawn Eichorst felt the time was now to put out a public statement showing support for Riley and his coaching staff. he did that today.

“While many are understandably disappointed in the current record of the football team and the heartbreakingly close loses we have suffered, I am confident the future is bright because I see it in the eyes of our players, coaches and staff and I am impressed by what I know is going on behind the scenes,” Eichorst said. “Coach Riley has a vision and a plan and is committed to providing the Husker faithful with a sustained winner which will compete annually for championships.”

It may be fair to point out Pelini coached Nebraska to multiple appearances in the Big 12 championship game and one more in the Big Ten championship game after switching conferences. Despite some level of success under Pelini, his temper and demeanor led to his dismissal as head coach and Nebraska went 180 degrees the opposite way with Riley. So far the results have not been there on the field, although Nebraska may be the best 3-6 team in college football. Nebraska has lost six games by a combined 23 points. The widest margin of defeat was 10, by Purdue over the weekend.

North Dakota State picked to win MVFC, Bo Pelini’s Youngstown St picked 4th

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Ohio State was not the only defending national champion to be picked by members of the media to win its conference this season. North Dakota State, entering the 2015 season as four-time defending national champions, have been tabbed the preseason favorite in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

The Bison are coming off a rare four-peat and look to stretch their streak of dominance to five this fall. North Dakota State received 32 of 40 possible first-place votes in the preseason MVFC poll, with the other eight going to Illinois State. These two conference foes did not play each other in the regular season last season, but did clash in the FCS national championship game. The two programs were named co-champions of the conference last year. Both should be strong forces again this season.

For those more interested in the big time programs of the FBS or with only limited interest in the world of the FCS, here is another reason to be interested in this poll. Former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini is now coaching in the conference, at Youngstown State. Pelini’s Penguins have been picked fourth in the preseason poll of members of the media, sports information directors and coaches.

2015 Missouri Valley Football Conference Preseason Poll

1. North Dakota State (32)

2. Illinois State (8)

3. Northern Iowa

4. Youngstown State

5. South Dakota State

6. Indiana State

7. Southern Illinois

8. Western Illinois

9. Missouri State

10. South Dakota