Former UF star quarterback and assistant coach John Reaves has found some serious trouble again, as he's been accused of assault and cocaine posession. John's always been a nice guy to deal with, but he has had a number of substance abuse issues throughout his career. A few years ago he showed up at a radio remote I was doing and it was clear sobriety was not in the cards that day. When you're reduced to trying to claim the cops are planting cocaine on you for no good reason, it's pretty clear you've hit bottom. Hopefully John will get it together again - this is sad to see.
UF's back on the field, with defensive tackle Ronnie Wilson (now known as Ron) a part of the group practicing. Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald did some digging and found out Wilson was arrested in January for marijuana posession. Word around that time was Wilson had made a mistake involving marijuana, but it was believed to be a positive test and not an arrest. Goodman details other elements of the story on his blog which make it clear this is a young man who has been given an extraordinary amount of breaks. We'll see if he takes advantage of them.
Wilson may catch another break in his quest for playing time, as it looks like DT Torrey Davis will be academically ineligible. Davis is the classic example of why I don't buy recruiting hype. Physically, he's unquestionably got great gifts that made him a "five star" guy. Despite that, he was lazy in high school, played with poor technique and didn't do much more than the minimum in the classroom. Who could possibly be surprised those habits carried over to a level where he couldn't get away with it?
The latest Georgia knucklehead is LB Darius Dewberry, who gets a two game suspension for doing over two grand of damage at a hospital. The Bulldogs have some real questions about focus to answer right now. Meanwhile Kentucky boots their potential starting quarterback Curtis Pulley off the team altogether and loses starting cornerback Paul Warford to academics for the year.
In keeping with the theme today, here's Notre Dame "superstar" quarterback Jimmy Clausen and his teammates taking part in the Beer Olympics. When you're underage and a celebrity athlete, there is no way posing for photos like that can help you.
Ben Folds will finally be coming out with a new CD, Way To Normal, September 30. The guy's a tremendous performer. You can hear one of the new tracks, Hiroshima, on Ben's myspace page. He played it and several of the other new ones live in Savannah when I saw him there earlier this year - good stuff.