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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1150 on: June 15, 2017, 09:21:50 am »

https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/875356393393573888

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A Tuscaloosa police officer stopped Wilder Wednesday afternoon in his Cadillac Escalade. Police spokeswoman Lt. Teen Richardson said Wilder was pulled over for a tint violation in the vicinity of Skyland Boulevard and McFarland Boulevard.

When officers approached the vehicle, she said, they smelled marijuana coming from inside the SUV. Officers obtained verbal consent to search the vehicle and found a small amount of marijuana inside the console.

Wilder received a traffic citation, and was charged with second-degree marijuana possession, a misdemeanor. He was released a short time later after posting $1,000 bond.

Wilder's attorney, Paul Patterson: "Deontay has been out of state for several days," he told the newspaper Wednesday night. "He returned home today from Georgia driving his Rolls Royce and selected his Cadillac Escalade from his fleet of vehicles to run errands."
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1152 on: June 23, 2017, 08:59:28 am »

UPDATE 6:30 pm: Police say reports of a hostage situation with a gun in south Columbia were a false alarm.


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A female caller apparently stated she was being held hostage at gunpoint by an intimate partner. Apparently the caller also provided an address that wasn't valid.

Police say the scene is now all clear and say officers did not find any evidence of a hostage or a gun.

The call came in around 11:45 this morning and for two and a half hours, police evacuated three apartment buildings on Apple Tree Court off Southampton Drive.

A total of 33 sworn officers were on scene including the SWAT and Crisis Negotiation teams, detectives with the criminal investigations division and the K-9 unit.

"We must take all reported incidents of this nature seriously," said Deputy Chief John Gordon. "We will use every resource feasible for precautionary measures and to ensure the safety of our citizens."
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1153 on: June 25, 2017, 07:24:58 am »

https://twitter.com/JasonRileyWDRB/status/878319536646246400

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman is suing Bullitt County over strip searches at the Bullitt County Jail.

The lawsuit alleges people with minor offenses -- or no offenses at all -- are required to remove their clothing for a visual inspection when they are admitted to the detention center.

Tabatha Shadburne and her attorney says these searches are illegal and violates the jail's own regulations.

She was arrested on a bench warrant in Dec. 2016 for failing to provide proof she had a attended a domestic violence victim's class. She was the alleged victim in the case.

Her attorney says she had enough money to make bond, and wouldn't be housed in the jail, but was strip searched anyway.

They are seeking the case as a class action lawsuit saying hundreds of others were unfairly searched.

"The Bullitt County Detention Center is a cyst on the [EXPLETIVE] of Bullitt County Government," said attorney Gregory Butrum, who represents Shadburne. "I intend to lance it."

Stacey Blankenship, who is representing the county, said she's "confident" the case will be dismissed...
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1154 on: June 26, 2017, 12:58:56 pm »

https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/879395022436696064

23-year-old man arrested Sunday for driving his Volkswagen Passat into Mizzou Arena at 4 am, crashed through gate -- got his car onto Mizzou Arena court, then drove out through press gate. Damage estimates at $100K -- an events assistant for SEC Network
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1155 on: June 27, 2017, 08:49:51 am »

https://twitter.com/theadvocatebr/status/879668046109036544

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OMAHA, Neb. — Dr. Jerry Poché and Jimmy Roy, whose sons are part of the LSU baseball program, revived an elderly Florida fan in the sixth inning of Monday’s game in the College World Series finals.

Poché received confirmation from the lead paramedic at TD Ameritrade Park that the man to whom he and Roy provided CPR is in stable condition.

“The man died,” Poché said. “He didn’t have a pulse; he didn’t have nothing. It looks like, luckily, we got him back.”

Poché is the father of Jared Poché, who will start Game 2 of the best-of-three series Tuesday night against Florida. Jerry Poché said Cole Freeman’s mother, Kellie, called out for him after they saw an elderly man slumping and losing consciousness in the stands. By the time Jerry Poché arrived, the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

Jerry Poché said he has been a family doctor in Lutcher for the past 25 years. He immediately provided chest compressions for what he estimated to be five to seven minutes until paramedics arrived.

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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1156 on: June 27, 2017, 09:00:01 am »

https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/879395022436696064

23-year-old man arrested Sunday for driving his Volkswagen Passat into Mizzou Arena at 4 am, crashed through gate -- got his car onto Mizzou Arena court, then drove out through press gate. Damage estimates at $100K -- an events assistant for SEC Network

https://twitter.com/GaryParrishCBS/status/879492202921156608

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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1157 on: June 27, 2017, 09:41:38 am »

Nine Stands For News: East Tennessee State University confirms it has suspended Defensive Line Football Coach Jeffrey Scott Brumett after a weekend arrest in Chattanooga



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Brumett threatened to kill, beat, and hang a hotel clerk "from a noose" because his room key card didn't work.

He's charged with disorderly conduct, assault, and public intoxication.

ETSU spokesperson Joe Smith confirms that Brumett is suspended pending the outcome of their investigation.

According to his biography on ETSU's website, Brumett helped coach the Chattanooga Mocs defensive line in 2007. [Good thing he didn't get his mitts on DMac or Felix Jones.]
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1158 on: June 27, 2017, 10:21:26 am »

https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/879395022436696064

23-year-old man arrested Sunday for driving his Volkswagen Passat into Mizzou Arena at 4 am, crashed through gate -- got his car onto Mizzou Arena court, then drove out through press gate. Damage estimates at $100K -- an events assistant for SEC Network

https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/879400282979000321

Mizzou Arena gate-crasher Nathaniel Conant graduated from MU in December with English degree. Had been a temp in athletics since March

Conant, suspect in Mizzou Arena incident, was utility worker/pulled cables for MU events. Hadn't worked an event since February



As of today, Conant is no longer employed by Mizzou, via univ spokesperson. MU can't disclose why - but I think we all know.

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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1161 on: June 29, 2017, 11:33:42 am »

https://twitter.com/Dave_Matter/status/879395022436696064

23-year-old man arrested Sunday for driving his Volkswagen Passat into Mizzou Arena at 4 am, crashed through gate -- got his car onto Mizzou Arena court, then drove out through press gate. Damage estimates at $100K -- an events assistant for SEC Network

https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/880212528298680320
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1162 on: June 29, 2017, 03:23:08 pm »

https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/880514485475303424

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Makayla Martin and Brittany Maresette both appeared in court in Auburn on Thursday afternoon and agreed to the city's diversion program, which includes counseling and community service.

Shortstop Haley Fagan is set to appear in court in August.
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1164 on: July 07, 2017, 03:27:23 pm »

 AL.com‏Verified account @aldotcom 8m8 minutes ago

2 teens were caught, and 1 more is being sought after a bizarre morning in 2 north Jefferson County cities http://trib.al/1iVweZc



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Four people- including at least two teens- are in custody after police say they tried to carjack a woman in one Jefferson County city, and then stole a running car at a gas pump in another city.

It all began about 11:15 a.m. Friday when, Fultondale Police Chief D.P. Smith said, a woman was driving north on U.S. 31. A  vehicle pulled in front of her and tried to block her. One of the men inside the vehicle got out with a gun and started running back toward her car. She drove around him, Smith said, and was able to get out of harm's way.

The trio then went to the Shell gas station on Fieldstown Road just off of Interstate 65 where a woman fueling her white 2000 Chevrolet Suburban. One of the suspects, said Gardendale Police Chief Mike Walker, jumped into the running vehicle and took off with the gas nozzle still attached to the SUV.

A bystander saw what was going on and jumped onto the hood of the Suburban to try to stop the fleeing suspects. The suspects continued to drive off, and the bystander...
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1166 on: July 13, 2017, 07:28:41 am »

https://twitter.com/CandyceClifft/status/885447076448010241

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) - Nothing was off the table Wednesday night in a candid and sometimes strange interview with Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson.

Johnson spoke to local radio host Terry Meiners, explaining his version of events of what happened when he posed for a picture with Councilwoman Jessica Green at a public event last month at Wyandotte Park.

Green said he grabbed and squeezed her backside.

"My arm was trapped between my leg and Jessica Green's leg when she moved close to me," Johnson said. "When I moved my arm away from being there to put it toward her shoulder, it landed on her backside, and I did not do it on purpose. I couldn't even see what I was doing. It just went there."

Johnson also addressed allegations he exposed his naked rear end to Councilwoman's Angela Leet's legislative aide in a parking lot.

He said that incident never happened, but he did admit he's had problems in the past with keeping his pants up.

"I have been in public a long time, and sometimes my pants have come down," he said. "But it certainly hasn't been like that. I've had a thin waist and a full waist, and it depends on where I was at that time, I suppose, as to what might have happened. But I sure don't remember it."

He said he's since resolved the issue by buying a better belt.

Johnson is banned from all future Greater Louisville, Inc. events after a chamber of commerce employee said he made lewd comments during a work trip to Austin, Texas.

The councilman said those allegations were made after "they were force feeding us beer" at a dinner.

"She said I said something to her later, and I don't ever remember that," he said. "And if that's the case, I'm sorry."

Johnson said he doesn't have a drinking problem and is not on medication that could affect his memory.

Metro Council president David Yates sent a letter to Johnson last week demanding at least an hour of advance notice before he arrives on the property because "some metro council employees are fearful and intimidated by your physical presence."

Johnson said he won't comply.
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1172 on: July 23, 2017, 07:26:30 am »

Woodford County castle sells to a group of investors for $8.7 million

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A group of investors are the new owners of the castle on U.S. 60 in Woodford County.

Tom Post, the Miami lawyer who turned the property into a boutique inn and called it CastlePost, said Friday he sold the property for $8.7 million.

Dr. Matthew Dawson, a University of Kentucky emergency room physician, and Dr. Danny Bramer, an anesthesiologist at UK, said they are among a group of investors who bought the castle building and surrounding 50-plus acres.

Dawson said there are some other buyers but he declined to identify them. They have incorporated under the name Castle Catering LLC.

“We’re all from Kentucky, born and raised, and most of us have spent 20-plus years in Lexington,” Dawson said. “We are grounded in the Bluegrass and we’re the stewards of the castle. We really want to make sure this is accessible and something that everyone in Kentucky is proud of.”

Dawson said he was familiar with the castle because he has hosted a medical conference there for six years.

“It’s an amazing venue and everyone is in awe when they step in it the first time,” Dawson said. “Seeing the experience my guests have had, we felt like that could be brought to a lot more people as well.”

“It’s truly an iconic feature in Central Kentucky and we want to take something that’s already fabulous and make it even better,” Bramer said.

The name will remain CastlePost, and all the events that are booked there will continue to be held.

“We want to put a beautiful working farm there that will honor the Kentucky farming tradition,” Dawson said. “That’s going to supply the farm-to-table restaurant. We’re going to have really authentic food from the farm that’s really deeply healthy also.”

The castle has been a Central Kentucky curiosity for more than 40 years. It has 16 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, tennis and basketball courts, a billiard room, a library and a large banquet room.

Lexington contractor Rex Martin Sr. started building the castle’s exterior walls in 1969, but its interior sat unfinished and empty for decades.


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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1174 on: July 24, 2017, 01:01:00 pm »

https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/889521837163655168

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No. 1, what I can say is we're very happy that no one was hurt
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1178 on: August 02, 2017, 01:05:10 pm »


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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1179 on: August 03, 2017, 07:29:33 am »

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The new media policy restricts the use of social media during interviews, and it dictates where media members are allowed to stand.

"Going forward, our policy for media attending post-practice availabilities will be that social media posts will not be permitted during those sessions. Any social media entry should come after the conclusion of all post-practice media interviews have concluded. Our hope is that you would take time to review your post and re-listen to increase accuracy and insure the necessary context in each of your social media reports. We hope this will not only allow everyone more time to craft those commentaries/reports, but also allow necessary time to absorb full context. It also will be beneficial in providing fill attention for follow-up questions or the next line of questioning during the actual interviews. Thank you in advance for adhering to this new policy.

"Also, to follow up on a concern that came up during today's post-practice availability. Please do not stand behind Coach Herman or the players during the availabilities. The ropes are in place as a guide to avoid that and to allow the subject to address the group. To assist you and with your recording devices, we will add a table for you to place those on going forward."

On Wednesday, reporters were gathered around Herman during his availability Wednesday. As you can see in the video (via link above), media members were asked to move from behind Herman.
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« Reply #1180 on: August 03, 2017, 08:28:03 am »

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« Reply #1182 on: August 04, 2017, 07:07:22 am »

Nashville pedal bars finally face off in court.



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Nashville Pedal Tavern LLC states a rival, Sprocket Tours, is illegally calling its own wheeled booze-vessel a "pedal tavern."

A federal lawsuit filed Thursday argues the slow-moving, people-toting bars are officially known as four-wheeled party bicycles. Nashville Pedal Tavern trademarked the phrases "pedal tavern" and "Nashville Pedal Tavern," and therefore no other company should be able to promote similar services using such terms, the lawsuit states.

However, Sprocket Tours — a company that operates similar slothful saloons they call "Sprocket Rockets" — advertises their company as "Nashville's #1 Party Bike Pedal Tavern," the lawsuit says.

By doing so, the company is using a term that it can't, argues Nashville Pedal Tavern.

"(Sprocket's) intentional use of a mark that is confusingly similar to Plaintiff’s PEDAL TAVERN® mark constitutes willful trademark infringement," states the lawsuit.
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1183 on: August 04, 2017, 01:49:37 pm »

 Matt Jones‏ @KySportsRadio 8m8 minutes ago

Former UK Player selling Kentucky 2012 National Championship player ring eBay  http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/kentucky-2012-national-championship-player-ring-sold-on-ebay



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The ring, which had the player’s name covered up for discretion, sold about an hour ago for $4,999.95...

Pawn Broker: The ring is stainless steel. This is the real deal, one of 15 player rings.
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Sad Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1184 on: August 06, 2017, 07:09:21 am »

Oak Hill Academy Football Player Passes Away in swimming incident



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WEST POINT, Miss. (WCBI) — The Oak Hill Academy football team is mourning the loss of one of its own.

Head Coach Chris Craven said Thomas Lee Bales, 16, died in a swimming accident while with his youth group, Saturday.

Craven: “We lost a great young man on our football team…He was a ‘yes sir, no sir’ kind of guy…His smile lit up the room…I love him like a son. I will miss you.”
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« Reply #1186 on: August 08, 2017, 06:20:17 am »

 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

University of Georgia students can choose their own grades in ‘stress reduction policy’

https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/894623470029504512

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« Reply #1187 on: August 09, 2017, 05:33:26 pm »

https://twitter.com/sbarchenger/status/796897020216836096

 Stacey Barchenger‏Verified account @sbarchenger 2h2 hours ago

Man charged in rape of nanny at Nashville park wants evidence thrown out, says bad police work to blame http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/08/09/man-charged-rape-nanny-nashville-park-challenges-police-investigation/549879001/ … @tennessean



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The defense for a man charged with raping a nanny at a Nashville park last year is challenging two key pieces of evidence in the case, saying bad police work is to blame and that means the evidence should be excluded from trial.

The nanny should not be allowed to identify Dennis N. Ramos-Montes as her attacker, Assistant Public Defender Adam Pienciak argued in a Wednesday court hearing, because of how Nashville Police Detective Chuck Fleming handled an initial photo identification in the case.

"The procedure used by Detective Fleming on Sept. 26 was so suggestive that it undoubtedly tainted the reliability of any later ID," Pienciak said.

And Fleming overlooked conflicting witness accounts and made false statements when seeking a warrant to obtain Ramos-Montes' DNA, Pienciak argues in another motion. The defense wants the DNA to be thrown out.

A Wednesday hearing on the defense challenges was the second on the issues heard by Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier. Dozier did not immediately rule and asked the lawyers to return to court on September 14.

The woman, who attended the hearing with several supporters by her side, testified briefly. Dozier asked her opinion as to whether she could identify the attacker.

"I am confident that is him," she said.

Ramos-Montes, 27, wore an orange jail uniform, ducking his head and listening to a Spanish interpreter through headphones during the hour-long hearing. He is a native of Honduras, police have said.

Police say Ramos-Montes raped the woman, then 18, in daylight Aug. 4, 2016 at the Hamilton Creek Recreation Center off Bell Road in Nashville. She was babysitting 3-year-old twins at the time.


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« Reply #1188 on: August 09, 2017, 05:50:06 pm »

 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 21h21 hours ago

Arkansas players freed after being stuck in elevator for nearly an hour

17 players were stuck, most of them linebackers. University maintenance and the local fire department combined to help free the players

Training for '18 Auburn game?
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« Reply #1189 on: August 11, 2017, 10:01:53 pm »

 Stacey Barchenger‏Verified account @sbarchenger 9h9 hours ago

ICYMI: Police, child services investigate allegations related to Brentwood Academy reported assaults http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/2017/08/10/police-children-services-investigate-allegations-related-brentwood-academy-reported-assaults/555934001/ … via @tennessean



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Brentwood police and state child services workers confirmed they investigated allegations referenced in a civil lawsuit that accuses Brentwood Academy officials of downplaying repeated sexual assaults of a 12-year-old student by other students.

"Due to the nature of the allegations and the age of the victim and alleged suspects the only thing I can confirm is that we have an ongoing open investigation," Brentwood police Assistant Chief Thomas Walsh said.

Walsh said the department learned of the incident in April 2015 after receiving a referral from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services. He said he could not comment on the length of the investigation.

DCS spokesman Rob Johnson confirmed his department also started an investigation in April 2015. It's unclear if the DCS investigation is ongoing.

At least four eighth-grade students in five separate attacks assaulted and participated in the rape of a sixth-grade boy during the 2014-15 school year, according to the lawsuit. The boy and his mother filed the suit Friday in Williamson County against the school, the headmaster and other officials seeking $30 million in damages.

The first attack happened at an after school football game party in fall 2014, the lawsuit states. Then in January and February of 2015, four male students and others “conspired to engage in male on male sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or rape upon John Doe in the locker room not supervised by an adult," according to the suit.

The attacks involved boys preventing anyone leaving or entering a lockerroom while another boy ...
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1190 on: August 12, 2017, 07:45:41 am »

 Ben Baby‏Verified account @Ben_Baby 15h15 hours ago
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High school transfers that look like college commitments, Pt. 6:

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Strange Stories from the Carbon Footprint
« Reply #1191 on: August 16, 2017, 05:44:42 am »

 Not Jerry Tipton‏ @NotJerryTipton 8h8 hours ago

What a stupid time to be alive.

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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1192 on: August 19, 2017, 06:59:50 am »

 Annie Costabile‏Verified account @AnnieCostabile

#breaking Olive Branch loses its state championship title after player is found ineligible.



http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/high-school/2017/08/18/ineligible-player-costs-olive-branch-6-a-girls-basketball-state-championship/581931001

 Annie Costabile‏Verified account @AnnieCostabile 7h7 hours ago

Annie Costabile Retweeted Annie Costabile

...a 14 year old did not rule herself eligible. This is not on the shoulders of this young athlete in any way. That should be clear.
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1193 on: August 19, 2017, 07:36:52 am »

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Chris Simms says he was paid by boosters while at Texas http://on.si.com/2wpxWy3


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No!!!! Say it isn't so! A college quarterback gets benefits?!?!


Read somewhere that Simms was reportedly "big-timing it", limo riding and stuff and a workmanlike Major Applewhite took the starting job at Tejas.
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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1194 on: August 19, 2017, 12:38:25 pm »

Grateful CovCath Sr. Jake Walter buries the lede (he committed to XU):

Jake Walter‏ @jakewalter44

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Re: Strange Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1196 on: August 25, 2017, 05:16:13 am »

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ICYMI: Police, child services investigate allegations related to Brentwood Academy reported assaults http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/2017/08/10/police-children-services-investigate-allegations-related-brentwood-academy-reported-assaults/555934001/ … via @tennessean



Boy sues families of students who allegedly assaulted him at Brentwood Academy


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NOTE TO READERS: This story contains graphic descriptions that may be disturbing to some readers.

A boy who alleges Brentwood Academy students repeatedly raped or assaulted him in a locker room during the 2014-15 school year has filed a second civil lawsuit against some of the students and their parents.

The lawsuit, filed by the boy's mother on his behalf, says the parents share the responsibility for the actions of their children because they knew of a "pervasive pattern of harassment, bullying, and assault" by their children.

The $6 million suit, filed Thursday in Williamson County by John Doe via his mother Jane Doe, comes weeks after a $30 million lawsuit accusing school officials of negligence in relation to the reported attacks that have rocked the elite private Christian school.

The names of the boys accused of attacking John Doe and their parents are not included in either lawsuit. The original lawsuit says four boys who either held down John Doe, held closed the locker room door or physically assaulted the boy. The new lawsuit is filed against three of the boys and their parents, but contains the same allegations.

Two of the boys are accused of alternating between holding John Doe down or holding locker room doors closed while a third boy...

The parents of the three boys are accused of knowing their sons were "involved in a severe pattern of harassment, bullying, and assault upon one or more children at Brentwood Academy during the academic year 2014-15," the lawsuit states.

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Re: Sad Stories from the SEC Footprint
« Reply #1198 on: August 30, 2017, 04:50:31 am »

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Stetson football player Nick Blakely dies after practice


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Blakely, 19, said he didn’t feel well after practice started Monday night and then collapsed, according to a university news release. He was transported to Florida Hospital Deland, but it was unclear whether he died at the hospital or en route.
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The feds proclaimed the arrests of Fort Campbell soldiers for stealing military goods. Now that case goes to trial:


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It was a scheme that involved eight men, greed and the trafficking of stolen military goods overseas via a blossoming eBay business, according to federal prosecutors.

The man prosecutors say was at the center of it all — John Roberts, 26, of Clarksville — sat in a federal courtroom Monday in Nashville for the first day of his trial on charges he bought and sold goods stolen from Fort Campbell, one of the U.S. Army's most important posts.

"The defendant made hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on the backs of our soldiers, by selling stolen U.S. military equipment to the highest bidder," Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Jaworski told a jury in an opening statement Monday.

"We're not talking about Army cots and green blankets and fatigues. You'll learn the equipment he sold online included military-grade machine gun parts, sniper scopes, red dot targets, night vision goggle equipment and body armor for our Special Forces soldiers."

Roberts' defense lawyer said Roberts did not know the goods were stolen, arguing the Clarksville construction worker believed the goods were Army discards.

Roberts was one of eight men — six were Army soldiers — charged in the conspiracy in October. Prosecutors have said the group worked together to steal goods from Fort Campbell and then sell them on the internet to buyers in places like Russia, China, Mexico and others.
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