GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Authorities say Florida freshman tight end A.C. Leonard was arrested on a simple domestic battery charge.
Gainesville police say the 20-year-old got into an argument with his girlfriend Wednesday night.
According to a police report, Leonard shoved the woman to the ground, causing her to hit her head on a dog cage. She told police Leonard had told her to leave the apartment they shared.
The arrest report says Leonard grabbed the woman by both feet and pulled her out of the apartment when she refused to leave.
Police say the woman had scrapes and bruises on her arms.
Leonard was released on his own recognizance Thursday by Alachua County Judge Tom Jaworski.
A school spokesman declined comment on Leonard’s arrest.
UConn safety suspended, leaves school
STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut safety Jerome Junior has been suspended from the team and is no longer enrolled at the school.
The university said Thursday that Junior was suspended for a violation of team rules, but did not divulge any details.
The school says Junior, who would have been a fifth-year senior next season, is no longer enrolled at UConn and will not be in school next fall.
Junior was fourth on the team with 60 tackles in 2011.
Spurrier, South Carolina leaders to meet with NCAA
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Steve Spurrier and University of South Carolina officials will appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Los Angeles on Friday.
The NCAA says the school received $55,000 in improper benefits for athletes – mostly football players – who stayed at a hotel for a reduced rate and for South Carolina’s involvement with a mentoring group in Delaware.
Spurrier, university President Harris Pastides and athletic director Eric Hyman are part of the 11-person contingent traveling for the meeting.
South Carolina agreed in its response to the NCAA in December that major rules violations did take place.
Spurrier bluntly summed up how he feels about the hearing when he said earlier this month, “Sometimes crap happens. You just have to deal with it.”
Martin leaving Kentucky for Southern California
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Wide receivers coach Tee Martin is leaving Kentucky to take a similar position at Southern California.
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips says in a statement that he wishes Martin well and appreciates the contributions Martin made over the last two years. Martin informed Phillips late Wednesday night he was accepting the job on Lane Kiffin’s staff.
Martin was picked as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com in 2011.
Martin led Tennessee to the 1998 national championship and was drafted in the fifth round by Pittsburgh in 2000. He spent three years in the NFL and two more in the Canadian Football League before turning to coaching in 2006.
Iowa State tabs Troy Douglas as DB coach
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State has hired former North Carolina assistant Troy Douglas as its new secondary coach.
The 46-year-old Douglas spent the past three seasons with the Tar Heels. Douglas has also coached the secondary at South Florida, Indiana, South Carolina State, Michigan State and SMU in a career spanning 25 years.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says Douglas came highly recommended by defensive coordinator Wally Burnham, who worked with Douglas at South Florida. Rhoads also says Douglas’s experience recruiting in Florida will be crucial for the program.
The hiring of Douglas completes Iowa State’s staff for 2012.
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