Sports, as we know, is often much more than winning and losing. So with that in mind, we at TMG will begin a regular look at some of the more bizarre statements and actions in the world of sports.
No one can question the coaching skills of Urban Meyer, who has put together undefeated seasons and national championship teams at Utah, Florida and Ohio State.
Meyer is on hiatus--for health reasons--and will work next season as a college football analyst at Fox Sports.
But with success, comes other aspects, and Meyer is a leader in that as well, with the news that former Florida defensive back Tony Joiner was charged with murdering his wife.
Joiner played for Meyer's Florida team in 2006 when they won a national championship. He was also a captain.
Murder, Inc. Add Joiner to the grizzly past list that includes former convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez, who also played for Meyer's Florida teams and later committed suicide in prison. The police plotter report notes includes 31 players arrested when Meyer was the coach at Florida and more than another dozen arrests--many of them relatively minor in nature--when Meyer coached at Utah and Ohio State.
Two more horses died during the current meet at Santa Anita Park in California, raising the total to a staggering 31. The Los Angeles Times has already called for the current meet (which will end in a few weeks) to be shut down.
With the Breeders Cup races scheduled to be held at Santa Anita this fall, there is more than a reason for concern among horse racing officials, who know their sport is slowly dying.
Another example of that is Suffolk Downs, a historic track in East Boston, which shuts down its live racing on June 28th and June 29th. After that, Suffolk, whose history dates back more than 80 years, will be open for simulcast races only.
Terry Bowden, whose long career includes coaching stints at Auburn and Akron, where he was fired after last season, will be back on the sidelines this season: As a 63-year old unpaid intern on Dabo Sweeney's staff at Clemson. Bowden, the son of Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden, is enrolled in a graduate program in athletic leadership at Clemson.
Kai Locksley was the starting QB at UTEP. Not any more. Locksley, who is the son of Maryland coach Mike Locksley, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, marijuana and unlawfully carrying a weapon. He has been suspended from the team, pending further investigation.
Texas A&M defensive back Derrick Tucker was arrested and charged with assault after a dispute with another man about....Tacos.