Vols’ Ryan Thaxton suspended after domestic assault, false imprisonment charges

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University of Tennessee football player Ryan Thaxton was suspended Monday after a Sunday night arrest.

The second-year defensive lineman was charged with domestic assault and false imprisonment of his girlfriend, according to online court records.

“We are aware of the incident,” Tennessee football spokesman Zach Stipe wrote Monday in a statement to USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee. “The student-athlete has been suspended from all team activities while law enforcement and the university investigates.”

According to online court records, Thaxton is accused of pushing his girlfriend toward his room when she refused to accompany him to his dorm. Thaxton then carried her inside the dorm room, where an argument took place, and he blocked the door when she attempted to leave, according to records.

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Former Virginia Tech football player Mook Reynolds charged with felony

The Fulmer Cup Mook ReynoldsFormer Virginia Tech defensive player Mook Reynolds was arrested by Blacksburg police on Monday, the same day he was dismissed from the university’s football team.

Reynolds faces a felony charge of the sale or distribution of marijuana or the possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute it.

The case was filed Friday on the Virginia courts’ website. He is due to be arraigned in Montgomery County General District Court on July 27.

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Rutgers football players under investigation for credit card fraud

Rutgers The Fulmer CupSeveral Rutgers football players are under investigation for fraudulent use of credit cards, according to three persons with knowledge of the situation.

Those persons have requested anonymity because they have not been authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and because the investigation is ongoing. They would not divulge specifics of the investigation.

The probe — which is being conducted by the Rutgers University Police Department — could involve as many as eight players, NJ Advance Media has been told. NJ Advance Media is withholding the names of the players allegedly under investigation because no one has been charged.

Rutgers coach Chris Ash has not responded to several attempts by NJ Advance Media for comment.

On Wednesday, Rutgers dismissed defensive back K.J. Gray and linebacker Brendan DeVera for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Asked if his dismissal was connected to the investigation, Gray said his lawyer advised him “to keep quiet about the situation.”

Gray’s attorney, John Shiffman, didn’t return an email or phone messages Wednesday and Thursday.

Attempts to reach DeVera and his attorney were unsuccessful.

On Wednesday, DeVera and Gray issued statements on their Twitter accounts that they were given scholarship releases and were free to transfer to other schools.

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Alabama sophomore VanDarius Cowan dismissed from football team following arrest

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University of Alabama sophomore linebacker VanDarius Cowan has been dismissed from the football team for a violation of team rules, according to an announcement Monday from the UA athletics department.“VanDarius has been dismissed from the team and is no longer a part of our football program due to a violation of team rules,” Coach Nick Saban said in the statement Monday morning. “Each of us has a responsibility to represent The University of Alabama in a first-class way, and failure to

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Dismissed Notre Dame RB turned Penn State walk-on, CJ Holmes, will have shoplifting charge dropped

CJ Holmes The Fulmer CupThe good news just keeps pouring in for CJ Holmes. Over the weekend, it was reported that Holmes, dismissed by Notre Dame last January, would be walking on at Penn State. Tuesday, the trigger behind the running back’s Fighting Irish dismissal is set to be put behind him as well.

Holmes was arrested for shoplifting last December and was subsequently suspended from Notre Dame’s bowl game.  That suspension ultimately gave way to the dismissal from the football program nearly a month later.

This past season in South Bend, Holmes ran for 32 yards on eight carries.  The Connecticut high school product was a four-star member of the Fighting Irish’s 2017 recruiting class, rated as the No. 19 running back in the country on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.

It had been reported early last month that Holmes was headed to a Mississippi junior college for the 2018 season, but those plans appear to have changed.

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Wyoming linebacker Cassh Maluia charged with suspicion of DUI

Cassh Maluia The Fulmer CupWyoming starting linebacker Cassh Maluia was arrested early Saturday and charged with suspicion of driving under the influence, underage consumption of alcohol and driving without a valid driver’s license, according to the Albany County Detention Center.

Maluia, 19, was arrested by the Laramie Police Department and has since left the detention center on bond. The arrest was first reported by the Laramie Boomerang.

UW spokesman Tim Harkins confirmed that Wyoming athletics is aware of the arrest but has no comment at this time.

Maluia, who will be a junior in the fall, started every game at weak-side linebacker last year for the Cowboys. He recorded 74 tackles in 2017, fourth most on the team. His interception sealed Wyoming’s overtime win Sept. 23 over Hawaii. As a true freshman in 2016, he played in 13 games, starting one. Rising sophomore Ryan Gatoloai-Faupula is listed as Maluia’s backup.

The Compton, California, native was signed by Wyoming as a two-star safety out of Paramount High School.

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Ohio State’s Marcus Hooker charged with DUI in Pennsylvania

Marcus Hooker The Fulmer CupOhio State freshman safety Marcus Hooker has been charged with driving under the influence by police in Neshannock Township, Pennsylvania.

Hooker, 18, was also charged with purchase of alcohol by a minor, disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving and having no rear lights from an incident that occurred on June 16. Lawrence County court records show that Hooker has a preliminary hearing set for 9:30 a.m. on July 5.

Court records also show that Hooker’s blood alcohol content registered between .10 and .16.

Cleveland.com’s request for comment from Ohio State was not immediately returned.

Hooker is the younger brother of former Ohio State safety Malik Hooker, who now plays for the Indianapolis Colts.

The New Castle, Pennsylvania native moved to Ohio State’s campus on June 3 with other members of the Buckeyes’ 2018 recruiting class.

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UNM football player, Rayshawn Boyce, arrested, charged with battery

Rayshawn Boyce The Fulmer Cup Rayshawn Boyce, a University of New Mexico football player, was arrested over the weekend and faces several charges including aggravated battery and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

According to a criminal complaint, he attacked a man inside his ex-girlfriend’s home back in May and then hit his ex-girlfriend in the face. Boyce then left the house and fired shots at her vehicle.

Police interviewed Boyce who admitted to being at the home but says he never went inside. He claims he fought the man outside of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

Police were able to locate a firearm at Boyce’s residence.

Boyce has been charged with aggravated battery, battery of a household member, criminal damage to private property and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Boyce is a linebacker with the UNM football team who was preparing for his junior season.

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