East Carolina’s depth on defense took another hit when freshman Dorian Hardy, a reserve end, along with running back Tay Williams were arrested for resisting a public officer this week. They will not be active for the game against Temple, a team spokesman confirmed Wednesday night, but were not dismissed from the team.
Hardy, who has played in two out of four games and has one tackle, was removed from the travel roster for this weekend. Williams has not played this year and was already not on the travel roster.
Head coach Scottie Montgomery said Tuesday that reserve defensive backs Tim Irvin (conduct detrimental to the team) and Keyshawn Canady (seeking transfer) were no longer with the Pirates.
Hardy, an Elizabeth, N.J., native, was a highly touted prospect and verbally committed to Penn State before his recruitment got sidetracked when he reportedly was involved in a fight at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School. He signed with the Pirates in February.
Bronson Massie, a sophomore defensive end with the Kansas State football team, was arrested on a warrant for unpaid parking tickets early Thursday morning in Manhattan.
The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld the sexual assault conviction of former Baylor University football player Sam Ukwuachu, reversing a lower court that had ordered a new trial because jurors were not shown text messages between the accuser and a friend.
The Waco-based 10th Court of Appeals had tossed out the conviction, ruling that the trial judge improperly excluded several text messages that the accuser, a fellow student athlete identified in court documents as CW, sent to a friend in October 2013. Defense lawyers wanted to introduce into evidence texts sent prior to a message in which CW said Ukwuachu ““just raped me basically.”
A unanimous Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said the trial judge properly excluded the prior text messages.
The ruling — an opinion joined by four judges and two concurring opinions joined by the court’s five other judges — returns Ukwuachu’s case to the 10th Court of Appeals to consider other objections raised by the former football player.
Ukwuachu, a one-time All-American who transferred to Baylor, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.
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East Carolina football defensive end Chandon Hickerson was charged with three misdemeanors last weekend.
The Greenville Police Department arrest report shows Hickerson was arrested Sunday at 5:41 a.m. on Greenville Boulevard and charged with resisting a public officer, reckless driving to endanger and failure at stop sign/flashing red light. He had a secured bond of $1,000.
An ECU football spokesman said Tuesday afternoon that head coach Scottie Montgomery has talked with Hickerson and is in the process of gathering additional information.
Hickerson made 15 total tackles in nine games as a freshman in 2017.
Keenan Williams, an Eastern Washington football player faces hit-and-run charges after crashing his truck into a Cheney apartment building, causing significant damage, then fleeing the scene.
Keenan Williams, 20, is under indefinite suspension from the team following the incident on the night of March 9 at the Eagle Point Apartments on Betz Road.
According to witnesses cited in a Cheney police report, Williams drove his Ford F-250 pickup truck into Building 17 at Eagle Point.
Because no one was injured, Williams faces misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run to unattended property.
At 8 a.m. the next day, Williams, accompanied by his father, turned himself in to police.
Officials at Greystar Property Management of Spokane, which owns Eagle Point, did not respond to messages regarding the extent of the damage, or whether the company plans to sue Williams for the cost of repairs.
At the scene, Cheney fire and police officials estimated that repairs to the building would cost at least $100,000.
Williams, who is from Cheney, is scheduled for a court appearance next week.
Eastern coach Aaron Best has suspended Williams, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end who’s going into his senior year. Williams started all 11 games last year for the Eagles and led all linemen with 55 tackles.
“We are aware of the incident and will cooperate fully with the investigation,” Best said in a statement released Tuesday.
“But until that is complete and the case is reviewed in accordance with EWU’s student conduct policies, Keenan has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities,” Best said.
TAMPA — For the second time in 10 days, USF football player LaDarrius Jackson has been charged with forcing a woman to have sex.
TAMPA — USF junior defensive end LaDarrius Jackson was arrested Monday night on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment of another student at an on-campus residential hall.
Jackson, 22, was arrested by USF police around 10:30 p.m. at the USF police station, jail records show.