Well, as long as there was a valid reason.
Earlier this week, a freshman student at the University of Alabama, Connor Bruce Croll, 19, was accused of phoning in a bomb threat on Tiger Stadium during last Saturday’s Florida-LSU football game. It was reported at the time that Croll “was booked into jail early Sunday, where records listed him as a ‘fugitive from justice.’” Croll, who remains jailed in Tuscaloosa without bond, could be facing a felony charge, at least initially, when the case moves to the state of Louisiana.
While no details were available initially, and based on a police affidavit, WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge has now reported that Croll, a native of Virginia, admitted to police that he phoned in the bomb threat because “his friend was on the verge of losing a large bet.”
Subsequent to that, LSU issued a statement that sheds some light on university’s and law enforcement’s actions in the aftermath of the threat being phoned in.
While LSU cannot discuss specific security measures, it is important for the general public to know that LSU Police and officials, along with federal and local law enforcement agencies on location, have protocol in place to respond immediately and appropriately to real and perceived threats at Tiger Stadium and all campus facilities. In this case, protocol was followed efficiently and effectively to quickly ascertain the source of the threat. That protocol including an immediate sweep of the stadium and a multi-agency investigation, which led to the suspect being identified within minutes and arrested soon thereafter. LSU appreciates the cooperation of all agencies and the University of Alabama and UAPD in this very serious matter. There is nothing more important than the safety and wellbeing of the public on campus.
Not that it’s mattered much production-wise, No. 2 LSU will again be without one of its top playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.
When Terrace Marshall went down with a foot injury in the Week 4 win over Vanderbilt, it was initially reported that the LSU wide receiver was expected to be sidelined for as long as a month. That timeline was subsequently extended out, with Ed Orgeron stating that Marshall could return toward the “latter part” of the regular season.
On his radio show two weeks ago, however, Orgeron indicated that the wide receiver was ahead of schedule; that, though, gave way to Marshall missing each of the past two games. With Mississippi State on tap this weekend, Orgeron has already confirmed that Marshall will be sidelined for a third straight game.
According to the coach, Marshall is “not ready to play yet” but will participate in some individual drills as he continues to work his way back onto the field.
Following the MSU game, LSU will play host to Auburn. After that, and coming off a bye, LSU will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on top-ranked Alabama.
At the time of his injury, Marshall’s six touchdown receptions this season were tied for second at the FBS level. He was also tied for second on the Tigers with 20 catches while his 304 receiving yards were good for third on the team.
As we’re right at the halfway point of the 2019 regular season (already???), the race for the playoffs is beginning to take shape, at least wagering-wise.
In its latest set of odds released this week, one offshore sportsbook continues to have the two combatants for the 2018 title, Alabama and Clemson, as the co-favorites to win the 2019 College Football Playoff championship. Both the Crimson Tide and the Tigers come in at 5/2 after sitting at 11/4 a week ago.
Ohio State is next at 5/1 (11/2 last week at this time), followed by LSU at 11/2 (7/1) and Oklahoma at 6/1 (9/1).
There’s a significant gap between that group and the next one that includes Georgia, which tumbled to 14/1 from 7/1 coming off its loss to unranked South Carolina in Athens. Also at 14/1 is Wisconsin, which sat at 25/1 this time last week.
The only other team even remotely in that neighborhood is Penn State, which saw their odds shorten from 33/1 to 25/1.
As the motto says, it just means more. In this case, though, the more is “stupidity.”
According to the Tuscaloosa News, a freshman student at the University of Alabama, Connor Bruce Croll, 19, is being accused of phoning in a threat to Tiger Stadium during last Saturday’s Florida-LSU football game. The News writes that Croll “was booked into jail early Sunday, where records list him as a ‘fugitive from justice'” and that “[h]e is being held without bond and is expected to face charges in Baton Rouge.”
Croll could be facing a felony charge, at least initially, when the case moves to the state of Louisiana.
At this moment, the exact nature of the threat hasn’t been divulged, at least publicly.
“We are aware of the arrest of a UA freshman over the weekend,” a statement from the University of Alabama began. “Threats and pranks can have serious ramifications and necessitate an appropriate response. The university and UAPD are cooperating fully with the investigation, but we cannot provide any additional details on a pending matter.
“UA will follow its student conduct policies and procedures. The LSU community has always been gracious to us, and we regret these events.”
Alabama and LSU, currently ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the latest Associated Press Top 25, are set to square off Nov. 9 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
Tide, Tigers and, oh my, some more Tigers. There was a new No. 2 team in the country thanks to the action in Week 7 and it’s not the defending champions either.
LSU assumed the spot behind No. 1 Alabama in the latest AP Poll — supplanting new No. 3 Clemson — after their big win over Florida on Saturday night in Baton Rouge. Ed Orgeron’s crew even picked up an extra first place vote in the process to give them 12 to Dabo Swinney’s 11 (the Tide had 30, No. 4 Ohio State had nine).
No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 7 Penn State and No. 8 Notre Dame all moved up in the poll while the No. 9 Gators and a tumbling Georgia rounded out the top 10.
Interestingly, Utah is the new No. 13 team after leapfrogging No. 14 Boise State. The Utes are a spot behind conference rival Oregon, who will take on new No. 25 Washington in Seattle this upcoming Saturday.
No. 20 Minnesota, No. 22 Missouri and No. 24 Appalachian State were also ranked for the first time this season — replacing Virginia, Wake Forest and Memphis.
The full AP Top 25 heading into Week 8:
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Boise State
- Arizona State
- Appalachian State