Monday, July 1, 2013
Weekend roundup: Chuka Ndulue arrested
By David Ubben
Here's what you missed over the weekend in the Big 12.
Sooners starter arrested on DUI complaint
It's that time of year. No coach wants to see his players making headlines this time during the summer, and Oklahoma fell victim early Saturday morning.
From colleague Jake Trotter:
Oklahoma senior defensive end Chuka Ndulue was arrested Saturday morning because of a complaint of driving under the influence, according to the Norman Police Department.
Ndulue was detained by campus police about 4 a.m. and taken to the Cleveland County Detention Center. He was released at 9 a.m.
Unless a player has previous issues (to this point, Ndulue has had none go public), DUI arrests usually result in one-game suspensions at Oklahoma under Bob Stoops. You can probably expect that to happen to Ndulue. OU opens its season against Louisiana-Monroe on August 31.
For Oklahoma it's concerning to see this type of reckless behavior and poor decision-making from somebody who should be taking on a leadership role. Ndulue is the only Oklahoma defensive lineman with any real experience and returns from an underwhelming unit last season. A quick way to see that improve is with strong leadership. Maybe he's shown it in offseason workouts, but this kind of thing is a bad sign for the Sooners who need a lot of help up front.
The Sooners return only four starters from last year's defense, and though Ndulue wasn't a standout, you want all the experience you can get heading into any season opener.
Pitt transfer could be heading to WVU
West Virginia might add another face to its absurd running back collection if former Pittsburgh back Rushel Shell becomes a Mountaineer. He told colleague Brett McMurphy his possible destinations are down to Kentucky and West Virginia. He's planning a visit soon.
If you're unfamiliar with Shell's plot, McMurphy gets you caught up:
Shell left Pittsburgh's program in April with the intention of transferring to UCLA. However, he had a change of heart and contacted Pittsburgh's coaching staff about the possibility of returning. Shell was Pitt's second-leading rusher last season as a true freshman.
Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst would not allow Shell to return, so the running back was forced to find another school. Shell, who has two young daughters, wants to remain close to home in Hopewell, in the southern part of Pennsylvania.
Great news for West Virginia, who could be in line for a huge pickup. The Mountaineers are set with four solid backs for 2013, but Shell would not be eligible until 2014 after sitting out an NCAA-mandated season. He set the state record for rushing yards in Pennsylvania and was the nation's No. 3 running back and No. 26 overall recruit in the 2012 recruiting class. You've surely heard of the only two backs ahead of him: Texas' Johnathan Gray and Georgia's Keith Marshall.
West Virginia doesn't have a truly elite back on its roster right now, but Shell could develop into that guy before long if the Mountaineers can nab him.