Making the morning rounds.
• Please, Sweezy, don’t hurt ‘em. N.C. State defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy, 20, was suspended indefinitely after being charged with misdemeanor larceny and assault against a 65-year-old bus driver who ejected the 6’5″, 293-pound junior for being “loud and obnoxious” during an early-morning ride last Thursday. Mooresville, N.C., police said Sweezy knocked over the driver’s tip jar on his way off the shuttle bus, prompting the driver and another man to follow him onto the street, at which point “the altercation turned physical.” Shockingly, police said “underage drinking was a factor”; obviously, because all sober people in the YouTube age are very well aware that you do not screw with old people on the bus. No word on injuries, other than to Sweezy’s status as a likely starter this fall. [Raleigh News & Observer, via CFT]
• We shall look into importing this ‘artificial light,’ if it be deemed safe. Michigan officials may visit other schools to observe their procedures for handling unruly nighttime crowds, but they will not be befouling the hallowed rafters of Michigan Stadium with permanent lights when Notre Dame comes to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines’ first ever primetime home game in 2011 — ESPN will take care of the illumination, as it usually does for late afternoon games that extend into dusk, as long as the university can keep the blue-haired old ladies in check amid the amped-up atmosphere. [Ann Arbor News]
• Desperately seeking Seantrel (yes, still). Sean Henderson, father of top-ranked recruit and outstanding USC commit Seantrel Henderson, told the New York Times his son is “a hundred thousand, a trillion percent” a Trojan, and will sign his official letter of intent on Tuesday. After being left waiting for Henderson’s signature on signing day and again last week, forgive SC fans if they don’t believe it until they see it. [N.Y. Times]
In other Trojan news, former coach Pete Carroll told reporters after his pep talk to runners in the L.A. Marathon Saturday that “everything went well” during USC’s appearance last month in front of the NCAA Infractions Committee to answer the NCAA’s findings in the epic Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo scandals. “There are still some issues that need to be determined in the next month or so, but I don’t think we could have done any better than what we did.” [ESPN Los Angeles]
• Reconciling with the Bulls. New South Florida coach Skip Holtz said he doesn’t detect any animosity toward Joel Miller, the walk-on special teamer who was at the center of former coach Jim Leavitt’s controversial exit for allegedly grabbing and slapping Miller during halftime of the Bulls’ win over Louisville last November. Recall that Miller wasn’t named in any initial stories about the incident, said he initially lied to the media and USF investigators to protect Leavitt and isn’t filing a lawsuit against the coach. “I haven’t heard of anything or seen anything that would make me say there’s any kind of animosity toward him right now,” Holtz said. “I addressed it with everybody individually to find out if it was a problem. I don’t think it is.” [St. Petersburg Times]
Quickly … Georgia’s star receiver, A.J. Green, wants to give punt returns a shot, even after missing almost all of last November with a shoulder injury. … LSU running back Michael Ford was the star of the Tigers’ scrimmage Saturday with 76 yards on 16 carries. … Former Miami receiver Sam “Hands of Stone” Shields was arrested last week for misdemeanor marijuana possession. … And USC coach Lane Kiffin’s second-round opponent in Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” bracket will likely now be racer babe Danica Patrick, who overtook Erin Andrews in the final turn thanks to a big push from voters over the weekend.