Eli Ricks, Alabama newcomer and former All-American cornerback, was booked on charges of speeding, driving without insurance and possession of marijuana Sunday evening in Mississippi.
Eli Ricks, who transferred to Alabama from LSU this offseason, was arrested by Mississippi Highway Patrol and booked at 5:15 p.m.
According to an online database, it was Ricks’ first marijuana possession charge and his bond was set at $0.
A 6-foot-2 cornerback from California, Eli Ricks started his career at LSU where he earned Freshman All-SEC and AP All-America honors during his first season.
He entered the transfer portal in November, roughly a month after the firing of head coach Ed Orgeron.
Ricks is expected to compete for a starting role at Alabama, which lost starting cornerback Josh Jobe to the NFL.
Alabama defensive coordinator Pete Golding was arrested early Thursday morning for DUI, according to Tuscaloosa County jail records. The report states Stephen Thomas Golding was arrested by the Northport Police Department around 1 a.m. and jailed overnight with a bond set at $500.
“I am deeply sorry for the actions that led to my arrest last night. I sincerely apologize to my family, everyone in our organization, including our players, Coach Saban, the staff, The University of Alabama, and our fans,” wrote Golding in an apology released by the university. “Regardless of the outcome of this pending investigation, I did not uphold the values I have for myself and the values of the Alabama football program. I am committed to learning and growing from this mistake and I will work to earn back the trust of those who I have disappointed.”
Golding, who is 37 and goes by Pete, was hired by Alabama in 2018 to be the team’s inside linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator along with Tosh Lupoi, but he was elevated to the sole DC position following Lupoi’s departure in 2019. Alabama has finished in the top three in the SEC in total defense in three of Golding’s four seasons in Tuscaloosa. The 2021 Crimson Tide defense finished second in the SEC, allowing just 304.1 yards per game, and third in defensive yards per play at 4.77.
“Alabama Athletics is aware of the incident involving Pete Golding,” said a school statement. “We are mindful of the seriousness of the situation and will continue to gather more information to address this personnel matter.”
Scooby Carter, former Alabama football player, and his girlfriend were arrested following an argument between the two at a Tuscaloosa apartment complex that turned physical. Both Carter and the girlfriend, Terren Merritt, were accused of pushing and shoving each other, although other details are currently scant.
As a result, both Carter and Merritt were arrested on one count each of third-degree domestic abuse. The two individuals involved have since been released on separate $500 bonds.
In late February, it was confirmed that Carter’s name is once again listed in the NCAA transfer database. This is at least the third time the last three months that the rising redshirt freshman has reportedly entered the portal.
The move back into the portal continues what has been a roller coaster ride for both Carter and the Alabama football program since November.
On his radio show in mid-November, Nick Saban revealed that he had to suspend a player for the Mississippi State game in Starkville because he missed a class, although the head coach didn’t reveal the player’s identity at the time; on the day of the game, it was confirmed that the player in question was Carter (pictured, No. 11). Not long after, the true freshman cornerback announced that he was entering his name into the NCAA transfer database.
A month later, Carter’s father revealed that his son had opted to remain at ‘Bama and rejoined the Crimson Tide team. The purported return was preceded by at least one conversation with Saban.
In a late-December update, however, Saban indicated that Carter was still away from the team. In fact, Carter hadn’t practiced with the team since that initial suspension and, at the time, he was still listed in the portal. The coach did, though, state that the door remained open for a return.
In mid-January, it was reported that Carter had again pulled his name from the portal, signaling a decision to stay with the Alabama football team.
Carter was a four-star member of the Crimson Tide’ 2019 recruiting class, rated as the No. 9 cornerback in the country and the No. 15 player at any position in the state of Texas. He was the highest-rated corner signed by the Tide this past cycle.
In three games this season, Carter was credited with one tackle. Because he only played in those three games, he can take a redshirt for the 2019 season.
Josh Chapman, an Alabama football staffer landed in jail Saturday morning after his second DUI in two and a half years.
Josh Chapman was booked into Tuscaloosa County Jail after being arrested by Tuscaloosa police. A defensive lineman from Hoover who played with the Crimson Tide from 2007-11, Chapman has been an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the program since 2016.
Chapman was held in jail on a $1,000 bond after Saturday’s arrest. Further details weren’t immediately available.
The fifth-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 was also arrested for DUI in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 29, 2017.
Tuscaloosa police charged Alabama football defensive lineman LaBryan Ray with public intoxication on Friday. Ray was booked into jail on Friday night. His bond was set at $500. He was arrested in Midtown Village in Tuscaloosa, according to Tuscaloosa Police spokesman Lt. Teena Richardson. Security encountered Ray, who refused to leave an establishment, Richardson said. […]
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
Alabama tight end Major Tennison was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana — a Class A misdemeanor — according to the Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Office.
Tennison is no longer in jail, however, and was released on a $300 bond.
According to a report from the University of Alabama Police Department, the incident occurred Sunday, Jan. 28, between 10:20 and 10:25 p.m. in the 500 block of Devotie Drive. The incident report did not reveal any other specifics.
The freshman tight end appeared in five games for the Crimson Tide this past season and caught two passes for 30 yards. He arrived at Alabama as a 4-star recruit in the 2017 recruiting cycle, per the 247Sports Composite.
Alabama third-string quarterback Mac Jones was arrested Friday morning and charged with driving under the influence, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
The freshman was also charged with improper ID by a minor.
Alabama senior walk-on wide receiver Donnie Lee was arrested Thursday morning and has been kicked off the team.
The Northport native was charged with third-degree domestic violence and also received a reasonable and prudent speed charge, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s arrest database.
Warrants for felony aggravated assault have been issued for Morris Joseph, 18, Rufus Joseph, 18, Deionte Thompson, 20 and Daletredricc Wolfford, 21, according to Major Douglas Hudson of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
Morris Joseph and Rufus Joseph played for West-Orange-Stark this past year and Thompson played for the school through 2014.
Thompson is currently a red shirt freshman on the University of Alabama football team according to the team’s online roster.