Day: January 12, 2018

Golden: Texas is producing top college talent — for out-of-state schools –

As the nation watched Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Saban’s latest title team duke it out for the crown of top dog, there was plenty of Texas high school talent on display. The four playoff participants had a combined 52 Texas on their rosters. Twelve played for Alabama.

“The Herman hire shook things up, and he has them sold on bringing Texas back,” recruiting guru Mike Craven told me. “I’d imagine Fisher can do the same for a cycle or two. That said, eventually you got to win or guys will go find programs that are.”

So why not keep that running talent in Texas, where he had a drawer full of scholarship offers?

He eventually chose the Trojans over Texas, Texas Tech and Baylor. It turned out to be the right decision. Jones, nicknamed the Texas Tesla by teammates, joined an elite group of USC backs to rush for over 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons — O.J. Simpson, Anthony Davis, Charles White, Ricky Bell, Marcus Allen and LenDale White. Had he run for another 13 yards his freshman year, it would have been three straight 1,000-yard seasons.

Stidham attended. He played high school ball at Stephenville and started at Baylor before leaving for Auburn amid the sexual assault scandal. The SEC newcomer of the year holds the distinction of beating both Alabama and Georgia this past season.

At Wednesday’s Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award banquet in Tyler, the five finalists — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, USC running back Ronald Jones II, Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham and Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington — were lauded for their on-field exploits in a room full of college football fans and their families. Five great players. All starring for schools outside of Texas.

Jones grew up in McKinney and dreamed of playing for the Longhorns.

Barrett was unable to attend the ceremony, but his dad, J.T. Barrett III, told me his son was never offered a scholarship by Texas coach Mack Brown, although Brown had his son throw for him and the offensive staff. Barrett, a Wichita Falls product, eventually signed with Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes to 38 wins in his 44 starts. He leaves college as the only three-time team captain in the program’s storied history.

Poor coaching? Superior recruiting outside the state? Nick Saban?

Florida man wins $451 million Mega Millions jackpot – The Spokesman-Review

The winning ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey. The retailer will receive a $100,000 bonus.

A Florida Lottery news release said Friday that 20-year-old Shane Missler, of Port Richey, had claimed the jackpot from the multistate game’s Jan. 5 drawing. They say he chose to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $281,874,999.

“I’m only 20, but I hope to use it to pursue a variety of passions, help my family and do some good for humanity,” he said in a statement.

“Although I’m young, I’ve had a crash course this week in financial management and I feel so fortunate to have this incredible wealth and team behind me,” said Missler, who also told the Times that he plans to move out of Port Richey. “I intend to take care of my family, have some fun along the way and cement a path for financial success so that I can leave a legacy far into the future.”

Lottery officials said the money will be paid to a trust, set up with Missler as the managing member, called “Secret 007, LLC.”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A 20-year-old Florida man claimed the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot on Friday, choosing to get $282 million at once instead of more in annual installments.

The winning numbers to claim the nation’s 10th-largest jackpot were 28-30-39-59-70 with a Mega Ball of 10.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Missler was grinning widely and clutching a yellow envelope when he turned in his ticket Friday at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. His father and his lawyer came with him. They released a statement on his behalf.

Oklahoma’s Orlando Brown, one of the nation’s top OL, declares for the NFL Draft –

Oklahoma's Orlando Brown, one of the nation's top OL, declares for the NFL Draft

One of the biggest keys to Oklahoma's offensive success in 2017 won't be back for 2018. Starting left tackle Orlando Brown announced on Twitter Wednesday that he's leaving a year of eligibility on the table so he can go pancake guys on the next level
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High school friend arrested in case of Blaze Bernstein, whose body was found this week in a Lake Forest park – The Mercury News

This story is developing. 

Woodward, according to the affidavit, said he did not remember his girlfriend’s last name or where she lived. While leaving the sheriff’s facility during an interview, he covered his hands with clothing before touching the door knobs, the affidavit says.

Woodward appeared nervous while being interviewed by sheriff’s investigators, before the body had been found, saying Bernstein walked into the park after exiting the vehicle and he didn’t see him again, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained earlier this week by the Southern California News Group.

Around 1:15 p.m., two sheriff’s investigators brought the handcuffed man to the Orange County Jail. He had on a sweatshirt that read, “Keep the peace.”

SANTA ANA – A friend of slain pre-med student Blaze Bernstein was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with the death of the University of Pennsylvania sophomore, whose body was found near a Foothill Ranch park on Tuesday, a week after the 19-year-old disappeared.

“Finally,” Blaze Bernstein’s mother said on on Twitter. “My thoughts are: Revenge is empty. It will never bring back my son. My only hopes are that he will never have the opportunity to hurt anyone else again and that something meaningful can come from the senseless act of Blaze’s murder. Now Do Good for Blaze Bernstein.”

Bail bondsman pleads guilty, admits to helping Baltimore gun task force officer re-sell drugs – Baltimore Sun

“D.S.” was revealed Friday afternoon to be Donald Stepp, a 51-year-old bail bondsman from Baltimore County. Stepp, busted in December after a county drug investigation led to a raid on his waterfront home, pleaded guilty to his role aiding Jenkins and dealing drugs.

Stepp is not the first non-police officer implicated in assisting the Gun Trace Task Force. Earlier, two men, David Rahim and Thomas Finnegan, pleaded guilty to helping Det. Jemell Rayam carry out a home invasion against South Baltimore business owners who Rayam had learned were in possession of a large amount of cash.

It is not clear how Stepp and Jenkins were acquainted, but both men lived in Eastern Baltimore County. According to Stepp’s plea, Jenkins would bring drugs to Stepp’s home after committing robberies, or left drugs in Stepp’s tool shed.

Stepp will be sentenced in April.

Stepp’s arrest was the apparent result of an unrelated investigation by Baltimore County authorities into his drug-dealing. He was indicted in December following a raid on his waterfront home in Middle River in which crack, cocaine, and heroin were recovered by police.

Stepp’s bail bonds company caused a stir in 2013 when it opened in downtown Towson, with a prominently displayed logo of a well-endowed female figure with a “D” written over each breast. Records show the business later relocated to Essex.

Stepp faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum of 10 years, though he could serve less in exchange for cooperation. Stepp’s plea says proceeds of his drug sales went to officers including Det. Daniel Hersl, who is set to challenge charges against him at a trial beginning Jan. 22.

Florida 20-Year Old Claims $451 Million Mega Millions Jackpot – TIME


Florida 20-Year Old Claims $451 Million Mega Millions Jackpot
(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A 20-year-old Florida man claimed the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot on Friday, choosing to get $282 million at once instead of more in annual installments. A Florida Lottery news release said Friday that 20-year-old Shane
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The Latest: Woman found dead in West Virginia flooding – ABC News

Sheriff Steve Stephens tells TheNewsCenter-TV in Parkersburg the vehicle apparently was traveling on a road in the Ohio River Valley, went through high water and was swept into Laurel Creek.



Four universities also closed, and the Army’s massive Redstone Arsenal complex at Huntsville is dismissing workers early. Several counties are closing their offices for the day.

A wintry blast coated parts of Kentucky and Tennessee with sleet and ice early Friday, forcing schools to close. Meanwhile, parts of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama braced for another round of winter weather.

In central Louisiana Friday morning, forecasters said parts of the state could get slick as rain was expected to slowly transition to freezing rain or a sleet and snow mix.

Tens of thousands of people in northern Alabama are getting the day off because of the possibility of icy weather.

Stephens says there were no signs of a crash. Emergency personnel were searching the creek in case someone else was in the vehicle.

8:35 a.m.

Get powered up – Louisiana Weekly

Get powered up
Louisiana Weekly
We need to look very closely at the state attorney general's relationship with New Orleans, how Black victims and suspects are negatively impacted by mostly white grand juries in Louisiana, the ineffectiveness and ineptitude of the criminal court

Former Postal Carrier Admits Burning US Mail for Months – U.S. News & World Report

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Former Postal Carrier Admits Burning US Mail for Months
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Influencer subculture: the Kim Kardashian lookalikes – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Influencer subculture: the Kim Kardashian lookalikes
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