Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Roundup: Kansas trouble, more OU tragedy
By ESPN.com staff
A quick look back at what you missed when Jim Tressel wasn't resigning over the long Memorial Day Weekend:
Former Kansas star indicted
Former Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib was officially indicted in connection with an incident in Garland, Texas in March. That could mean a trial for alleged aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Talib allegedly shot at his sister's boyfriend, and though Talib has adamantly denied his alleged involvement, he'll now have to fight an official accusation.
"The grand jury was not privy to a number of important facts," Talib's attorney, Jay Reisinger, said Friday in a statement. "We are very confident that once we have the opportunity to present all of the facts, this matter will be resolved in Mr. Talib's favor."
Talib's time on the field has been solid, but the recent charges put Talib's future with the Buccaneers in doubt. A first-round pick in 2008, Talib reached a settlement in 2009 after an altercation with a cab driver that resulted in a one-game suspension.
A Dallas native, Talib was a two-time All-Big 12 performer and an All-American in 2007, when he was the MVP of Kansas' win against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
Talib remains a Buccanneer, and despite reports, coach Raheem Morris says no decision has been made on his cornerback's future.
Here's guessing the outcome of these latest run-ins with the law has a big influence on that future.
Another rough weekend for the Sooners
If you missed our coverage on Friday, 50 of Austin Box's teammates, as well as the Oklahoma coaching staff, traveled to Enid, Okla., for Box's memorial in his hometown north of Oklahoma City.
Coach Bob Stoops and Brent Venables, the Sooners' defensive coordinator who was also Box's position coach, eulogized him eloquently with moving, meaningful words.
"He was always my left-hand man in the meeting room and he still will be. No one will be in that seat but Austin's spirit," Venables said.
Stoops shared a story about Box taking Venables to the ground during a practice, resulting in laughter from the linebackers that turned heads across the football field.
"He always brought his teammates joy," Stoops said.
"It hurts to think of what could have been, but we can focus on what he gave us, and he gave us a lot."
But on Saturday, Oklahoma got even more bad news on the heels of Box's death and the death of Venables' brother last Friday. Former Sooners' All-American defensive back Brandon Everage, who was a part of Stoops' national title team in 2000, died while swimming in a river with friends.
Everage went under water and didn't resurface, prompting a search on Friday night to find him.
Saturday morning, a dive team recovered his body.
"Brandon was a favorite in the locker room and a favorite among the coaches. He played football with tremendous passion and had a special spark that inspired everyone," Stoops said in a statement. "We will always have fond memories of him. For now, though, we are deeply saddened for Brandon’s family."