Mon Mar 28 07:55am EDT
Making the morning rounds.
• Call it the Rocket Ismail Route. St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Charley Walters isn't the first to suggest suspended Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd has his eye on the NFL's supplemental draft if he's not allowed to return to the team by this summer, but Walters added another possibility for the hometown star over the weekend: The CFL. Specifically, Floyd could be attracted to the Montreal Alouettes, who currently employ Andy Bischoff, a former assistant coach at Floyd's high school. [St. Paul Pioneer Press]
• Justice for Jasper Howard. A 22-year-old Connecticut man who pled guilty to fatally stabbing UConn cornerback Jasper Howard outside a Homecoming dance in October 2009 was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday. John Lomax III initially faced a murder charge that would have carried a longer sentence, but pleaded no contest to first-degree manslaughter in January. "I would never want this to happen to any family," Lomax said through sobs at the sentencing, surrounded by Howard's family and friends. "Even though you may despise me, I don't despise you. We're all God's children. I don't hate y'all. I love y'all." Two of Howard's former teammates said outside the courtroom they had hoped Lomax would get 20 years, the maximum for first-degree manslaughter. [Associated Press, Hartford Courant]
• Get well, Sooner. Oklahoma offensive lineman Jarvis Jones, expected to take over full-time at right tackle after a part-time gig on the left side in 2010, will likely miss at least part of the season after tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee during Friday's practice. Jones underwent surgery on the knee on Saturday, and the extended recovery time could leave the right tackle job to a redshirt freshman, Daryl Williams. [The Oklahoman, SoonerScoop.com]
• Man, that sucker is huuuuuge. Miami offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson says he's down to 345 pounds in spring practice — about 40 pounds lighter than he weighed when he showed up on campus last summer. "Just offseason workouts, running hard and working out," Henderson said. "I haven't really gotten on a meal plan. I've just been eating better than I was and less than I was." [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Last Friday, inevitably, "Teach Me How to Bucky" was at the center of an outbreak of campus violence. From the police report:
A 19-year old Madison man was knocked unconscious early Friday morning and taken to a local hospital with a broken nose, a broken orbital bone, and cut to his eye requiring multiple stitches following a fight on Langdon Street. The victim and a 22-year old friend were battered outside of a residence following a dispute with the suspects listed above. One, Mr. Andrew Schecher, had evidently helped the 22-year old victim film the popular dance video: "Teach me how to Bucky" and has not been happy about his level of compensation for his efforts. He says he and his twin brother, the other suspect, had gone to Langdon Street in order to speak with the 22-year old regarding the financial disagreement when a fight broke out.
Where will the scourge of parody-related crime end? [City of Madison, via Adam]
Quickly… Michigan State cuts ties to a corrupt booster club. … The NCAA could dock scholarships at Maryland for sagging academics. … Nick Saban suspends one defensive lineman, but has another one on his heels. … Georgia defensive end Jeremy Longo is hanging up the cleats after shoulder and knee surgeries. … Landry Jones gets pumped up. … Rich Rodriguez dons the crimson and cream to take in Oklahoma practice. … Urban Meyer sticks with the suit and tie at Notre Dame. … And you'll never believe this, but Steve Spurrier is unhappy with his quarterbacks.
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