Florida LB Finley arrested on campus
Roundup: WVU issues statement; UGa names Crowell starter
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida linebacker Dee Finley has been charged with resisting arrest without violence after a traffic stop on campus.
Finley, a sophomore who played a backup role in the team’s first two games, also was charged with driving with a suspended license.
He was arrested Monday and released on his own recognizance Tuesday morning at the Alachua County Courthouse. Both charges are misdemeanors.
Team spokesman Steve McClain says coach Will Muschamp is aware of the incident and “will handle the matter.”
According to the University Police Department, Finley was pulled over after he drove his scooter around a barricade at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. When asked for his license and registration, Finley refused to give the information.
Finley started his scooter and tried to leave the scene, but a police officer grabbed his wrist and refused to let him go. Finley pushed the officer’s hand away. The officer threatened to use a Taser on Finley before the player complied and put his hands behind his back.
UPD initially arrested Finley on a charge of resisting arrest with violence, a third-degree felony, but the State Attorney’s Office reduced that charge after consulting with police.
According to court records, Finley’s license is suspended in Florida and in his home state of Alabama for multiple failures to pay fines and make court appearances. In Alachua County, Finley has been charged four times for driving with a suspended license in less than three years.
In conjunction with his release, Alachua County Judge Denise Ferrero ordered Finley not to drive any motor vehicle without a valid license.
WVU asks fans to wear tasteful T-shirts to games
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is asking Mountaineer football fans to use fashion peer pressure after one was shown on television wearing a T-shirt bearing a curse word.
Luck issued a letter to fans on WVU’s athletics website. He says the T-shirt in question was seen during the Sept. 4 game between Marshall and West Virginia that was broadcast nationwide.
Luck says such a portrayal isn’t the image WVU wants to promote of the university or the state. He’s asking fans to help convince those wearing such T-shirts to “reconsider their choice of attire.” Luck says the First Amendment protects free speech. But he says his father used to tell him, ‘“just because it is legal does not mean it is right.”’
No. 18 West Virginia plays Saturday at Maryland.
Wisconsin CB Smith out for season
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin cornerback Devin Smith is done for the season after having surgery on his left foot.
The seventh-ranked Badgers announced the news Tuesday. Smith, a senior, will apply for a medical redshirt in hopes of playing for Wisconsin in 2012.
Smith was injured during the first quarter of the Badgers’ 35-0 win against Oregon State on Saturday.
Wisconsin (2-0) plays Northern Illinois (1-1) in Chicago on Saturday.
Georgia RB Crowell to start against Coastal Carolina
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Mark Richt says it is time to confirm the obvious: Isaiah Crowell is the team’s No. 1 tailback.
Richt said Tuesday that the freshman from Columbus would start Saturday against Coastal Carolina. Playing behind Richard Samuel, Crowell rushed for 118 yards with a touchdown in last week’s 45-42 loss to then-No. 12 South Carolina. He also caught a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Richt says Crowell’s production is “a big part” of his promotion to starter. Samuel also is slowed by a heel injury. If Samuel can’t play this week, junior Carlton Thomas could have his first carries of the season behind Crowell.
Crowell leads Georgia (0-2) with 178 yards rushing. Richt calls him “a very special back.”
Fresno State DB Dennis suspended one game for flagrant hit
DENVER -- Fresno State defensive back Terrance Dennis was suspended for one game by the Western Athletic Conference for committing a flagrant personal foul last week against Nebraska.
WAC Commissioner Karl Benson announced the punishment Tuesday. Dennis will miss this week’s game for the Bulldogs against North Dakota.
Benson says protecting defenseless players from hits to the head is a priority. He says Dennis should have been ejected for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Nebraska tight end Kyler Reed with 4 seconds remaining in the first half of the Cornhuskers’ 42-29 victory last Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.
Notre Dame TE Ragone gone for season with injury
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone will undergo surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and miss the rest of the season.
The school disclosed the news Tuesday.
Ragone, known mostly for his blocking ability, was hurt in Saturday night’s 35-31 loss to Michigan. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior has one catch for 10 yards this season and 11 for his career for 109 yards.
Second Mizzou DB kicked off team in as many weeks
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A second Missouri defensive back has been kicked off the team in as many weeks.
Coach Gary Pinkel says redshirt freshman cornerback Tristen Holt has been “removed from the program.” He announced sophomore safety Tavon Bolden’s dismissal the first week of the season for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Holt was arrested Saturday on charges of leaving an accident scene. He reportedly drove away when another driver asked for his insurance information.
Holt did not play in Missouri’s first two games.