— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownHD) July 25, 2014
The Texas roster continues to thin this week. Just hours after wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were indefinitely suspended as a result of a sexual assault charge, reports began surfacing that defensive back Chevoski Collins and running back Jalen Overstreet had been dismissed for a violation of team rules.
On Friday, the Austin American-Statesman confirmed not only that Collins and Overstreet were dismissed, but that senior running back Joe Bergeron was also dismissed for a team rules violation.
Texas coach Charlie Strong said earlier in the week that Bergeron was “back in the mix” after taking time away from football in the spring to focus on academics. Bergeron has totaled 20 touchdowns in the last two seasons, dominating as a short-yardage back in 2012 and contributing to the rotation last season.
At Big 12 media days, Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs described a “new Texas” that is taking shape under the direction of Strong’s staff. Diggs went as far to say he supported the approach of removing players who weren’t all in with the new direction.
“I want to weed guys out. That’s just me,” Diggs said via ESPN.com. “I’m an up-front person. All my teammates know me. I’m going to tell you how I feel. I’m not going to jab at anything. I’m going to take an uppercut, take the hardest swing I can take, and I’ll try to knock you out.
“I don’t sugarcoat anything just like [Strong's coaches] don’t sugarcoat anything. That’s just how I am, how I was born, how I was raised. I love the way they’re taking the approach of getting guys out of here that don’t belong.”
Bergeron’s absence makes Johnathan Gray’s recovery even more important. Gray ran for 780 yards and four touchdowns on 159 carries before missing the season’s last four games with an achilles injury. Per colleague Jeremy Fowler, Gray has been medically cleared to resume workouts.
Aaron Ross tore Achilles and lost for season.
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) July 24, 2014
Two Texas football players have been charged with sexual assault in a case in which the facts are “confusing”, the Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday.
Junior receiver Kendall Sanders and redshirt freshman receiver Montrel Meander have not been arrested for the incident that occurred June 21. Sanders also is charged with improper photography. The sexual assault is a second degree felony.
Sources told the American-Statesman that the two players met the alleged victim and went to Meander’s San Jacinto dorm room on campus and the three had consensual sex.
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The improper photography charge comes from Sanders attempting to record what was happening on his cellphone.
After the three had sex, according to the American-Statesman, the players thought everything was OK and when a female knocked on the door to question if everything was OK, the alleged victim acknowledged.
But a sexual assault was reported at 3:43 a.m., according to University of Texas Police.
Texas officials have been aware of the incident since it was reported June 22.
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— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 19, 2014
Update, 4:33 p.m. — Texas spokesman John Bianco said the football program is aware of the situation and gathering information. Bianco said he expects to issue a statement from coach Mack Brown after practice ends this evening.
Earlier Senior safety Christian Scott was arrested early this afternoon on a Class A misdemeanor assault with bodily injury charge. He’s being held in the Travis County Jail.
Details on the incident were not immediately available, but Scott was arrested in the 300 block of E. Yager Lane, at approximately 1 p.m.
Eric (Manchester, NH)
Since Texas is a mess, and the Huskers are gone, is Oklahoma the favorite to win the Big 12 yet again?
Yes.. OU is young and talented. I’m curious where A&M goes from here and Ok State returns the entire O-line and a lot of key players but loses Hunter and Dana Hologorsen the playcaller.
My boy Pat Forde writes
“Today, Texas is lurching through a disorienting December. After a disastrous 5-7 season, there is no bowl game for the first time since 1997. Meanwhile, Brown’s staff is in disarray following the forced resignation of longtime offensive coordinator Greg Davis, the forced retirements of line coaches Mac McWhorter and Mike Tolleson, and the abrupt defection Saturday by Muschamp to take over as head coach at Florida.
A program presumed to be on autopilot has crash-landed into uncertainty.”
Read the entire article at ESPN.com