Every Preseason Magazine Prediction for the Big 12
This dude read EVERY Big 12 preview he could get his hands on. The consensus? Don't bet on Kansas.
Robby Rhodes Dismissed Baylor
Baylor receiver Robbie Rhodes' father told ESPN.com that his son "made another mistake" and was informed Monday morning he was no longer a member of the program.
Robbie Rhodes had already been in trouble once this summer. He was arrested in May on charges of marijuana possession and tampering with physical evidence during a traffic stop in Waco.
According to the Waco Tribune, the McLennan County District Attorney's Office declined to pursue those misdemeanor charges, citing Rhodes' history of no failed drug tests while in the Baylor program and additional evidence that proved he had no knowledge of the drugs located in the vehicle.
Though Rhodes was not charged, his father said he was disciplined by the school and his latest incident, which he would not disclose, violated conditions of an agreement he'd made to remain a member of the team.
"He was in agreement on sanctions that they made with him, and he broke the agreement," Reggie Rhodes said.
Robbie Rhodes was ESPN's No. 35 overall rated recruit in the class of 2013 and was, at the time, the program's highest-rated signee since 2010.
No decisions have been made about his next school.
SMU to Allow Beer Sales at Ford Stadium
SMU has decided to allow beer sales at football games after similar offerings this year at basketball games. Athletic department spokesman Brad Sutton said Wednesday the plan is to sell beer at Gerald J. Ford Stadium starting this fall. Alcohol is already permitted in stadium luxury suites.
The bottom line here appears to be revenue, beer is money maker. One wonder how soon until beer is offered at every stadium in the state.
The Sun Belt Expands. Officially.
Georgia Southern officially became a member of the Sun Belt Conference today, ending its illustrious association with the Football Championship Subdivision and beginning a future in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
For the majority of the school’s sports, it’s a lateral move within Division I athletics.
But the Eagles’ football program expanded significantly — now competing with schools that can play with a maximum of 85 scholarship players.
Georgia Southern accepted an invitation to join the league on March 27, 2013. It takes effect Monday, June 30, 2014.
Appalachian State makes the move on Tuesday.
Nigel Bethel II Dismissed from Tech Football Team
Texas Tech has dismissed cornerback Nigel Bethel II following an incident during an on-campus basketball game on Saturday.
Bethel, a freshman from Miami, punched Texas Tech women's basketball player Amber Battle in the face during a pickup basketball game.
"Texas Tech Athletics has a zero tolerance policy on this type of behavior," the school announced in a statement.
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Battle is expected to have surgery after sustaining a broken bone from the hit. Battle was the Red Raiders' leading scorer with 16.4 points per game last season, and also led the team in rebounds and assists to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors.