The following just came from the Associated Press:
Dunlap out for SEC title game after DUI charge
MARK LONG,AP Sports Writer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Top-ranked Florida will be without one of its best pass rushers against No. 2 Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap was arrested early Tuesday and charged with driving under the influence, just days before the biggest game of the season.
Dunlap, the defensive MVP of the Bowl Championship Series national title game in January, has started every game this season for the defending champs. He has 35 tackles and is tied for the team lead with seven sacks.
The Orlando Sentinel tracked down the father of Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap and found the pass rushing junior isn’t a good bet to play Saturday after his DUI arrest.
Check out the online story here.
I really can’t wait to hear more about this situation. It is just so shocking when a player of that caliber makes such a bizarrely poor decision.
And so it begins…
I am just learning more about the early-morning arrest of Florida’s starting defensive end Carlos Dunlap, so read more about the story in the Gainesville Sun.
Initial reaction: Wow.
Just days away from the SEC Championship and he’s asleep at the wheel after 3 a.m. This will be an interesting day. Stay tuned for more.
The latest round of awards news includes Mark Ingram on the Doak Walker Award semifinalist list. Ben Tate of Auburn also made the cut along with eight others.
Three finalists will be named Nov. 23 and the winner will be announced Dec. 10 live on ESPN.
On a a side note, three Tennessee football players were arrested in connection with an armed-robbery. Read more here and stay tuned for updates on this one.
Domestic violence charges against Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw and his ex-girlfriend were officially dropped when they complete anger management classes.
Upshaw and his Kendall Lynn Grzyb, both 19, were in Tuscaloosa County District Court Wednesday dealing with the next step in the legal process that began with the Aug. 19 on-campus argument that turned physical.
Read more about the case in Thursday’s paper.
You’re just one day away from the weekend. Celebrate with a few nuggets I thought you might be interested in.
- My admiration for Sports Illustrated has been well-documented in previous posts. That love was re-affirmed today when I found the following link to a new project. They are trying to use open records laws to obtain the ballots of coaches who vote on the USA Today Coaches Poll. Click here for the story.
- Don’t forget Nick Saban is a voting member this year. I just traded e-mails with a university spokesman who said SI had contacted the school. He said the ballot was not a UA record, thus not subject to open records requests.
- I smell a fight brewing.
- What do you think? Should the ballots be made public? Leave your opinion in the recently repaired comment section.
- One former SEC coach is not having a pleasant morning. Ex-Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie was arrested and charged with DUI for the third time. Check out the booking mug. Ouch. Click here for that picture and the story written by two reporters who I worked with at my high school and college papers. Small world.
Alabama football recruit Nico Johnson was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of harassment in his hometown of Andalusia, according to several news reports.
The Star News of Andalusia had the following in its crime blotter “Nico Johnson on a misdemeanor charge of harassment after a verbal, non-physical altercation with another male. He was released on a $500 bond.”
Johnson is a five-star recruit according to scout.com who also rated him the No. 2 middle linebacker in the class of 2009.
Check back for more details as they emerge.