North Texas quarterbacks coach Tate Wallis was arrested and charged with two counts of misconduct in Denton County on Thursday. The university has placed him on administrative leave.
Wallis was charged with two counts of improper relationship between an educator and student, a felony charge in Texas. He posted a bond of $20,000 and was released the same day.
The alleged incidents took place during Fall 2019, when Wallis served as offensive coordinator at nearby Argyle. Wallis was hired at North Texas a month after the second alleged incident.
“We have been made aware of charges brought against a member of our football coaching staff for a matter unrelated to his employment with the university,” North Texas said in a statement. “The employee has been placed on administrative leave and will not be allowed on campus or to participate in any job related duties while on leave. We have initiated a review of the available information and we will take appropriate action following completion of the review.”
Previously, Wallis coached at North Forney for two years. Notably, Wallis served as wide receivers coach on Art Briles’ staff at Baylor before Briles was fired in 2016. He spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons at North Forney before serving as coordinator at Argyle from 2018-19.
North Texas faces off against Houston Baptist on Saturday in the season opener. The Mean Green have yet to name a starting quarterback. Seth Littrell will take over playcalling duties for the first time as a head coach.
Northwestern State University head football coach Brad Laird has been placed on administrative leave without pay after being arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated Saturday night.
Northwestern State Director of Athletics Greg Burke said:
“Brad Laird informed me on February 16 that he had been charged with a DWI the previous evening. The university takes misconduct by any employee seriously and especially one with the level of responsibility of a head coach. The university immediately investigated and confirmed this incident. I met with Coach Laird on the morning of February 17 and informed him that he would be suspended for one week without pay. He was also issued a letter of reprimand informing him of consequences that could result from any future misconduct that would violate the conditions of his contract with the university. The letter also outlined additional measures to address this incident. Having known Coach Laird for many years, I respect and was not surprised that he expressed regret about his lack of judgment in this incident and stated that it is his desire to learn from this matter and move forward as a better leader for the young men in the NSU football program.”
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.
Otis Yelverton, a Florida football support staff member was arrested Monday morning and is facing a third-degree felony. Alachua County Court records shows that Otis Yelverton is facing an aggravated stalking charge. The Florida football assistant director of player personnel was arrested by police after he was thought to be a threat.Yelverton has been placed on leave by Florida following the charges.According to the ACSO police report, Yelverton has “repeatedly and maliciously” harassed the victim
University of Louisville football assistant coach Chris Klenakis has been placed on leave after being arrested Sunday morning on DUI charges.
Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith appeared in court Wednesday afternoon after being charged with criminal trespassing, stemming from an incident in mid-May, according to a Delaware Municipal Court record.
According to an arrest record obtained by Eleven Warriors, police were dispatched to the home of Courtney Carano Smith, Zach Smith’s ex-wife, around 8 p.m. on May 12. The report indicates that there was no forced entry and no suspected use of alcohol or drugs. Smith was charged with criminal trespassing, and has since pleaded not guilty.
According to the criminal complaint also obtained by Eleven Warriors, “Mr. Smith took his son to his ex-wife’s residence (redacted) to drop him off after being instructed by Ms. Smith not to come to her residence and disregarding a previous criminal trespass warning that had been given to him by Detective Pentz on Dec. 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. The incident was witnessed by Ms. Smith and their son along with photographs of Mr. Smith’s vehicle being present in her driveway. Mr. Smith also admitted to Sgt. Roach that he was present on Ms. Smith’s property and acknowledged receipt of the trespass warning given to him by Detective Pentz.”
Per the criminal complaint, criminal trespassing is a fourth-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a $250 fine.
Ohio State has not commented on the situation.
Kevin Purvis, 37, who is listed as associate equipment manager on the Georgia Athletic Association’s website, was booked into Athens-Clarke County Jail at 8:48 p.m. Friday and charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor. Three of the felonies are for illegal eavesdropping or surveillance. The other felony was for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and the misdemeanor was for possession of marijuana.
Purvis’ arrest came nearly a month after an unidentified person found a camera hidden in a shower area of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. UGA officials called police Feb. 27 and an investigation began. Arrest warrants for Purvis were executed Friday by the Athens-Clarke County sheriff’s office, and Purvis turned himself into the jail later that night. He remains incarcerated on $16,000 in bonds.
Connolly, 40, of Ann Arbor was arrested about 11:50 a.m. at First and Mosley streets in Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor police Detective Lt. Matthew Lige confirmed in an email.
Connolly has not been formally charged.
The coach said he admits to driving under the influence and was stopped while driving from home about 11:30 p.m., going out to get food.
Stiegelmeier said he hadn’t eaten all day, was at home doing taxes and had some wine before he went out without thinking about how much he had to drink.
The arrest has not affected his employment status, and both his players and employers are aware of the arrest, he said.
Source: Stiegelmeier arrested for DUI
The latest episode of “The Vols of our Lives” has former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer being named the school’s athletic director. Fulmer would replace John Currie, who Tennessee fired on Friday after Currie’s decision to fire Butch Jones resulted in the world’s worst coaching search.
After a fan revolt following the near-hire of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, Tennessee went through candidate after candidate for its vacancy, doing little more than helping coaches at other schools secure raises by using the Vols as leverage.
The hope now is that Fulmer will bring some much-needed stability to the program as it attempts to get through these rough waters. Of course, it should be pointed out that Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman reported Friday that Fulmer was trying to “undermine” Currie’s efforts in hopes of securing the AD position for himself.