Already suspended indefinitely, former Walton star Tyren Jones was dismissed from the Alabama football team after his arrest on charges of marijuana possession.
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Already suspended indefinitely, former Walton star Tyren Jones was dismissed from the Alabama football team after his arrest on charges of marijuana possession.
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Jones dismissed by Saban after marijuana arrest
by The Associated Press
March 31, 2015 11:53 PM | 62 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Already suspended indefinitely, former Walton star Tyren Jones was dismissed from the Alabama football team after his arrest on charges of marijuana possession.
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Already suspended indefinitely, former Walton star Tyren Jones was dismissed from the Alabama football team after his arrest on charges of marijuana possession.
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nick Saban kicked a second Alabama football player off the team, swiftly dismissing reserve running back Tyren Jones following his arrest for marijuana possession. Jones is the third player in Saban’s program arrested in the last four days, and the second to be dismissed. The former Walton High School star was charged Tuesday with possession of marijuana in the second degree and released on $1,000 bond, Tuscaloosa police said in a news release. Saban announced his dismissal a few hours later. The coach had suspended Jones indefinitely Feb. 10 “for conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program.” “Tyren Jones was indefinitely suspended from the football program early in the semester,” Saban said in a statement. “He was given an opportunity academically and from a team rules standpoint, but he failed to do any of the things necessary to comply with the rules of the Alabama football program. He was dismissed from the team when he refused to follow the parameters given to him for reinstatement.” Jones ran for 224 yards and two touchdowns as a redshirt freshman last season. Saban recently has had to deal with several off-field issues. Safety Geno Smith and since-dismissed defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor were arrested Saturday. Smith was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol for the second time in his Alabama career. Taylor, who had been dismissed from the Georgia team in July following a domestic violence arrest, now faces similar charges stemming from a separate incident in Tuscaloosa. Saban steadfastly defended the January signing of Taylor, which had already drawn criticism, on Monday night. “We’ve created many opportunities for players through the years and sometimes those things have worked out extremely well,” he said. “We’re sad to say in this case it didn’t and we all take responsibility for that. We have a good program here at Alabama and we have a lot of good players who have done a lot of good things in this community on our team.” Not 24 hours later, Saban was forced to deal with another embarrassing incident. Police say Jones and 25-year-old Brandon Lee Hansberry were arrested after an officer stopped a white Dodge Challenger for speeding at 11:27 a.m. Monday. The officer smelled marijuana and found the drug and digital scales inside the vehicle, which belonged to Hansberry, according to the police news release. A small amount of marijuana was found in Jones’s pocket. Two other passengers in the vehicle were released without being charged. Hansberry was charged with one count of marijuana in the first degree and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He had an outstanding charge from Tuscaloosa police and was sent to the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $20,000 bond.
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Dominick Blaylock poses with Steve Spurrier after receiving a scholarship offer from the South Carolina coach over the weekend.
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Dominick Blaylock poses with Steve Spurrier after receiving a scholarship offer from the South Carolina coach over the weekend.
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Eighth-grade standout offered by Spurrier
by Chris Raimondi
MDJ Sports Writer
March 31, 2015 11:51 PM | 56 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dominick Blaylock poses with Steve Spurrier after receiving a scholarship offer from the South Carolina coach over the weekend.
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Dominick Blaylock poses with Steve Spurrier after receiving a scholarship offer from the South Carolina coach over the weekend.
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Cobb County football standout Dominick Blaylock received a scholarship offer from South Carolina over the weekend. Blaylock is in the eighth grade. A 14-year-old at Dickerson Middle School in east Cobb, Blaylock attended South Carolina’s junior day Saturday and returned home with his first college offer, from Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier. “I had no words,” he said. “I was shocked.” The 5-foot-11, 165-pound wide receiver was the most valuable player of an eighth-grade all-star game this past December, where he hauled in 107 yards on six receptions. Blaylock will attend Walton next year, following in the footsteps of his older brothers, former Raider stars Zack and Daron Blaylock, who are now at Kentucky. “I was excited for Dominick. He has worked very hard, but I know, with an offer like this, from a coach like this, comes a lot of pressure,” Blaylock’s stepfather, John Woods, said. “He is a humble kid, though, and if you know Dominick, you know he doesn’t get too excited over things. He just loves competing.” Blaylock, the son of former NBA All-Star Mookie Blaylock, has been invited by several different colleges to attend their junior day camps, including Auburn, Alabama and Florida. “This isn’t a gimmick,” Walton football coach Mo Dixon said. “They’re haters out there, but if this kid could skip high school, he has a college scholarship waiting for him. I’m happy for him.” Dixon said he was excited to coach Blaylock next year as a freshman in high school. He also stated Blaylock would be competing with the varsity players, but he would only do what’s best for his players. Blaylock has run the 4-yard dash in under 4.6 seconds and is able to play both sides of the ball as a safety, receiver and tailback. Also a baseball player, Blaylock plans on playing both sports throughout his high school and college career. “He wants to go to a school where he can play football and baseball,” Woods said. “After meeting with Spurrier, he was brought down to meet the baseball coach. They encouraged him to play both sports.” As a baseball player, Blaylock twice won awards for his speed at a summer invitational in Cooperstown, N.Y., running the 70-foot basepaths in 12.5 seconds. He is the only two-time champion in the event.
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Though Jake Adcock has already wrestled his final match for Pope, he’s maintained a busy schedule before heading off to the U.S. Military Academy in the fall. Adcock finished fourth and earned All-American honors over the weekend at a national tournament in Virginia.
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Though Jake Adcock has already wrestled his final match for Pope, he’s maintained a busy schedule before heading off to the U.S. Military Academy in the fall. Adcock finished fourth and earned All-American honors over the weekend at a national tournament in Virginia.
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