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83-Steelers-43
08-20-2007, 06:49 PM
And after the two PSU player arrests.....

Two would-be West Virginia starters charged in theft
ESPN.com news services
Updated: August 20, 2007, 11:24 AM ET

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Two West Virginia University football players were arrested over the weekend and charged with transferring and receiving stolen property.

James Thomas, 18, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Ellis Lankster, 21, of Whistler, Ala., were arrested early Sunday, Morgantown Police said in a news release.

Morgantown police didn't release any other details, but a police dispatcher who declined to give her name said Monday that the stolen property was a computer.

Coach Rich Rodriguez released a statement Sunday saying he was aware that Lankster, a junior defensive back, and Thomas, a redshirt freshman linebacker, had been involved in an off-campus situation.

"I am investigating at this time and will make the determination about their status within the football program after all the facts are in," Rodriguez said.

According to one report, both players were competing for starting spots and practicing with third-ranked West Virginia's first team.

Thomas is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound redshirt freshman linebacker whose father played linebacker for the Mountainers from 1994-95. Lankster, a 5-10, 190-pound cornerback who transferred from Jones County (Miss.) Junior College, enrolled in January.

Rodriguez recently announced that he had issued an 11 p.m. Saturday night curfew to keep players away from possible distractions.

Neither player participated in West Virginia's Fan Day activities Sunday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2982682

CantStop85
08-20-2007, 07:12 PM
Some real character guys go to WVU...Chris Henry, Pac Man Jones...

SteelCityMan786
08-20-2007, 07:14 PM
Some real character guys go to WVU...Chris Henry, Pac Man Jones...

Didn't Chris Henry go to Michigan?

Looks like the local college sports teams have not been able to keep out of the news with stuff like this.

xXTheSteelKingsXx
08-20-2007, 07:14 PM
Didn't Chris Henry go to Michigan?

That's Chris Perry that you're thinking of that played at Michigan.

RoethlisBURGHer
08-20-2007, 09:57 PM
What are they putting in the water in Morgantown, WV?

Crushzilla
08-20-2007, 10:51 PM
I see the selection process at WVU is still focused on talent over character.

Whoever said this isn't a pro-style program obviously hasn't drawn the parallels to the Bengals.

Two more reasons why I can't stand WVU...

TackleMeBen
08-20-2007, 11:06 PM
[quote=SteelCityMan786;281669]Didn't Chris Henry go to Michigan?
[quote]
SteelMan... do i need to get out my wok and wok you upside the head????????? how dare you insult my beloved Uof M by saying that chris henry went there... remember we sent the nfl tom brady aka sperminator ...lol :sofunny:

Crushzilla
08-20-2007, 11:17 PM
SteelMan... do i need to get out my wok and wok you upside the head????????? how dare you insult my beloved Uof M by saying that chris henry went there... remember we sent the nfl tom brady aka sperminator ...lol :sofunny:

Tom Brady needs to watch all the daughters he's.... "accrued" in the past few years.

In another year or two, those girls will be starting school... and with that become fair game for Chris Henry to buy them booze and try to take them back to his spaceship...

http://www.themightymjd.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/01/chrishenrymugshot.jpg

AAHH! Even when I know its there that picture scared the hell out of me everytime...

TackleMeBen
08-20-2007, 11:23 PM
Tom Brady needs to watch all the daughters he's.... "accrued" in the past few years.

In another year or two, those girls will be starting school... and with that become fair game for Chris Henry to buy them booze and try to take them back to his spaceship...

http://www.themightymjd.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/01/chrishenrymugshot.jpg

AAHH! Even when I know its there that picture scared the hell out of me everytime...


that is too darn funny...lol..:sofunny::sofunny:

CantStop85
08-21-2007, 04:13 PM
hhmm...just read this in an article today...could this have anything to do with it?
The Number one party school is....West Virginia University in Morgantown. Why? Just ask 22-year-old student Katie O'Hara who eagerly told The Associated Press, "No matter what kind of party you want it's here--bars, fraternities, house parties. ...If you want to take shots all night, there's a bar; no matter what you want to do, it's there."

http://www.wmconnect.com/whatsnew/default.jsp?story=20070821-0852

SteelCityMan786
08-21-2007, 05:01 PM
SteelMan... do i need to get out my wok and wok you upside the head????????? how dare you insult my beloved Uof M by saying that chris henry went there... remember we sent the nfl tom brady aka sperminator ...lol :sofunny:

I was just checking TMB. I'm a Penn State fan after all and sometimes I can't resist stirring crap with Michigan.

TackleMeBen
08-21-2007, 09:30 PM
I was just checking TMB. I'm a Penn State fan after all and sometimes I can't resist stirring crap with Michigan.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (in my darth vader voice).. oh SteelMan, i am so disappointed in you now.... (shaking her head and walking away)

83-Steelers-43
08-21-2007, 10:01 PM
Well, looks like Rodriguez doesn't mess around. It's refreshing to see....

WVU players suspended after arrest
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez this afternoon announced that two prospective defensive starters have been suspended indefinitely, a period that could last anywhere from two games to the entire season for No. 3 West Virginia.

In a brief statement, Rodriguez said that redshirt freshman linebacker J.T. Thomas, who had been practicing with the first team, and junior-college cornerback Ellis Lankster, vying for a starting or regular role, had been suspended pending the legal process.

Lankster and Thomas are scheduled to appear before a Monongalia County magistrate Sept. 10 in separate felony preliminary hearings, a proceeding that determines probable cause to bind over a case to the county's Circuit Court. That means Lankster, 21, a Whistler, Ala., resident and junior-college All-American who came to West Virginia last January from Jones County (Miss.) Junior College, and Thomas, 19, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., resident and son of a former Mountaineers linebacker of the same initials, would miss the Western Michigan and Marshall games at minimum.

Both were arrested by Morgantown police early Sunday morning, roughly three hours after an 11 p.m. curfew imposed by Rodriguez, and charged with one count each of transferring and receiving stolen property, a felony. They were arraigned later Sunday and released on their own recognizance after posting $5,000 bond. Lankster and Thomas were attending a party from where a computer was reported stolen, and police later arrested them at 1:51 a.m. after finding a laptop in Lankster's car and after Thomas told police he just purchased it second-hand at a McDonald's for $35, according to the criminal complaint.

If their case is held over for court, the players could attempt to reach a plea agreement with authorities, a move that might hasten their return to the field. Failing that, the county's Prosecuting Attorneys office would present evidence to a county grand jury, which, if it doesn't decide in early September on charges and a court date to follow, wouldn't be able to hear the case again until it reconvenes after New Year's Day -- the prospective end of the football season.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07233/811056-100.stm

Preacher
08-22-2007, 12:45 AM
Well, looks like Rodriguez doesn't mess around. It's refreshing to see....

WVU players suspended after arrest
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez this afternoon announced that two prospective defensive starters have been suspended indefinitely, a period that could last anywhere from two games to the entire season for No. 3 West Virginia.

In a brief statement, Rodriguez said that redshirt freshman linebacker J.T. Thomas, who had been practicing with the first team, and junior-college cornerback Ellis Lankster, vying for a starting or regular role, had been suspended pending the legal process.

Lankster and Thomas are scheduled to appear before a Monongalia County magistrate Sept. 10 in separate felony preliminary hearings, a proceeding that determines probable cause to bind over a case to the county's Circuit Court. That means Lankster, 21, a Whistler, Ala., resident and junior-college All-American who came to West Virginia last January from Jones County (Miss.) Junior College, and Thomas, 19, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., resident and son of a former Mountaineers linebacker of the same initials, would miss the Western Michigan and Marshall games at minimum.

Both were arrested by Morgantown police early Sunday morning, roughly three hours after an 11 p.m. curfew imposed by Rodriguez, and charged with one count each of transferring and receiving stolen property, a felony. They were arraigned later Sunday and released on their own recognizance after posting $5,000 bond. Lankster and Thomas were attending a party from where a computer was reported stolen, and police later arrested them at 1:51 a.m. after finding a laptop in Lankster's car and after Thomas told police he just purchased it second-hand at a McDonald's for $35, according to the criminal complaint.

If their case is held over for court, the players could attempt to reach a plea agreement with authorities, a move that might hasten their return to the field. Failing that, the county's Prosecuting Attorneys office would present evidence to a county grand jury, which, if it doesn't decide in early September on charges and a court date to follow, wouldn't be able to hear the case again until it reconvenes after New Year's Day -- the prospective end of the football season.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07233/811056-100.stm


The Bengals may have a head coach spot....... naaaaaa,,, Half the team would be suspended.

83-Steelers-43
08-22-2007, 01:10 AM
The Bengals may have a head coach spot....... naaaaaa,,, Half the team would be suspended.

Nope. But from the looks of it, they will have two future prospects. :wink02:

TackleMeBen
08-22-2007, 01:10 AM
we know the next two draft picks for the bengals...lol and chris henry can be their mentor

ben2hines=6
08-22-2007, 12:28 PM
damn, this is weak...lol....i go and laugh and talk about the pitt guys getting in trouble and of course a couple mountaineers fo and do something worse....ohh well they wont be on the team much longer, and to the comments about recruiting classy players, u may strongly dislike wvu but rich rodriguez has been nuthing but classy and so have his players that he recruited, pac amn and henry were left from neilen, hense why neither pac man or henry claim wvu as their school, they both claim their high schools

SteelCityMan786
08-22-2007, 04:03 PM
we know the next two draft picks for the bengals...lol and chris henry can be their mentor

He'll teach them very well.

revefsreleets
08-22-2007, 06:05 PM
I hate to say it, because I think Rodriguez is a classy guy, but WVU is selling their souls to win. It's no coincidence that as the program improves, the arrests start to pile up. He needs to recruit good characters who can play football.

xXTheSteelKingsXx
08-22-2007, 06:39 PM
I hate to say it, because I think Rodriguez is a classy guy, but WVU is selling their souls to win. It's no coincidence that as the program improves, the arrests start to pile up. He needs to recruit good characters who can play football.

Yeah I'm actually pretty good friends with Rich Rodriguez's cusins and from what I hear, from them, he's a pretty good guy. They say that it is his brother that you gotta watch out for.

revefsreleets
08-22-2007, 07:48 PM
Rodriguez should take a page from this guys book. He's the former OC for Pitt. The guy cut his stud All-American Frosh because of attitude!

Not afraid to admit mistakes

University of Akron coach J.D. Brookhart takes steps to ensure Zips contender in MAC

By Terry Pluto

Published on Wednesday, Aug 22, 2007

It's not just their fault.

That's what coach J.D. Brookhart realized after his University of Akron football team finished last season with a 5-7 record.

It wasn't just some bad breaks. It wasn't that the kids underachieved. It wasn't that an assistant coach might have failed.

OK, there were some problems in each of those areas.

The real trouble began with . . . the coach.



''We had some division and cliques on the team, and I should have been more aware of that,'' Brookhart said. ''But I also was our offensive coordinator, and I was spending so much time with the offense it was like we became two teams.''

That can happen . . .

The offense is in one part of the building the defense in the other. It's up to the head coach to keep them together, to make sure that one side of the ball doesn't begin to resent the other.

Now, Brookhart is the special-teams coach. He has turned the offense over to quarterbacks coach Joe Moorhead. Brookhart is making a point of spending time with all his players and assistants.

''This is a good sign, giving up the offense and being more of a manager of the entire team,'' Zips Athletic Director Mack Rhoades said. ''It's about trusting your staff. J.D. is very self-reflective. He's not afraid to admit he's wrong.''

Brookhart had been an offensive coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh, and he kept that job in his first seasons when he became the Zips' coach.

And it worked.

The Zips were a solid 6-5 his first season, including 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference.

The next year, they were 7-6 overall and won the MAC East with a 5-3 record, ending with an appearance in the Motor City Bowl.

''Looking back, we got famous before we got good,'' Brookhart said.

He meant the publicity that came from the school's first Division I-A bowl appearance, some games on ESPN and also having Charlie Frye (the Zips' 2004 quarterback) playing for the Browns. UA football was being noticed.

Last season, expectations were high for UA with Motor City Bowl quarterback Luke Getsy returning. Picked to win the MAC, UA stumbled to a record of 5-7 overall, 3-5 in the league.

''We thought we were better than we were,'' Brookhart said. ''Especially after we beat N.C. State (20-17).''

The first warning sign was a 37-16 spanking at Kent State. The Zips lost their final two games to Ohio University and Western Michigan, scoring only seven points in their final eight quarters.

In the end, no one was happy in the football wing of the glittering new Stile Field House. For the first time in Brookhart's three years with the Zips, the team had taken a clear step back.

Brookhart realized that he had ''lost his focus.'' Some of his recruits didn't buy into the disciplined culture that he helped create when he first arrived. That approach was the driving force for the team overachieving in the first two seasons.

''I think we made some compromises in recruiting,'' Brookhart said. ''It's easy to be blinded by talent and not pay attention to if the kid will fit in with the rest of the team.''

He didn't mean taking players who failed to qualify academically. But there were borderline students with grades, or players whose attitudes were questionable.

After the season, Brookhart let six of his players go. Some had academic problems; others just didn't buy into his type of team. One of the departed players is David Harvey, who was perhaps the most gifted athlete on the team.

As a freshman, Harvey led the Zips with 10 touchdowns, all as a receiver. He averaged 21 yards per catch and 30 yards per kick return. It's rare to find that kind of pure athlete in the MAC, but Brookhart believed that Harvey and the others were not a good match with the culture that he wanted to create.

For example, Brookhart breaks his team into 10 ''discipline groups'' of 10 players each. If any member of the group misses a class, is late for a meeting or fails to meet another academic or team requirement all 10 members assemble early Wednesday morning to run.

After that's finished, the nine innocent players come up with a penalty for the guilty party such as bear crawling the field, or maybe running laps carrying a 45-pound weight.

In his first two years, that kept character problems to a minimum. Last season, several players rebelled against the system.

Brookhart was determined not to let that happen again.

He told Rhoades of his plans, ''and I knew it could come back and hurt our (graduation rate) and even cost us some scholarships down the line.''

Rhoades talked about how he had ''several candid'' conversations with Brookhart about what really matters. It was time to make some tough decisions.

Said Rhoades: ''You can talk academics, character and winning, but what values does your team exhibit?''

The Zips will graduate about 12 players this year by the end of the fall quarter. They had three All-Academic picks for the 2006 All-MAC team in Mark Groza, Tim Crouch and Getsy. The team has consistently graduated more than 50 percent of its players the past several years.

''We don't want to lose that,'' Rhoades said. ''With the six players we let go, there were character issues. We could not have one set of rules for some players, another set for the rest. I give J.D. credit for not being willing to compromise.''

When Brookhart arrived in 2004, he believed that it would take six seasons for a true winning program to be firmly in place. He mentioned the slow and determined pace of the Virginia Tech construction job.

The Zips are now in a new field house. A new stadium should be ready by 2009. Many pieces are in place to ensure that the Zips become annual contenders in the MAC.

Brookhart won in his first two years with a combination of players left from former coach Lee Owens, transfers from four-year schools and a few of his recruits. Now, most players are his own.

''This last recruiting (season), I flat out told kids that this was how it would be at Akron, it would not be easy,'' Brookhart said.

''I think this is the best freshman class we've had in terms of character and academics. It will pay off for us on the field.

''Over the years, our best players have usually been our best people. That's something that I don't think will change, either.''noweb