EX-UCF KICKER STANDS FIRM
FLA.» Former ORLANDO,
UCF kicker Donald De La Haye said all he wanted to do was follow his passion and make a little money with videos he posted on YouTube.
But since some of those videos included his experiences as a student-athlete, it wasn’t that simple. UCF and the NCAA offered De La Haye an alternative that he felt was “very unfair.”
“They wanted me to give up my money that I made, which is crazy,” De La Haye said in a video he posted Monday night. “I worked hard for it and you just want me to throw my money away and take down my videos, which again, I worked so hard for and wasn’t comfortable doing.
“So I told them no.” De La Haye said he was ruled ineligible, had his scholarship taken away and now is out of school. In-state tuition at UCF is about $22,000, including room and board, books and fees.
The marketing major would have been a junior on the football team.
“Cousin Ness” coming.
YORK» In many ways, NEW the only thing changing for Brad Nessler is the blazer he will wear in the television booth.
Nessler is preparing for his first season as the voice of the SEC on CBS, filling the seat held for 17 years by friend Verne Lundquist and returning to the network where he first went national.
His “new” partner is Gary Danielson, whom Nessler worked with for seven years at ESPN and ABC. And Nessler has spent plenty of Saturdays in Southeastern Conference country during a long career calling college football games.
No doubt Nessler is comfortable with his new gig. He hopes viewers will be as content with him as they were with his predecessor.
“You know you can’t be Uncle Verne, right?” Nessler said at the CBS offices in Manhattan. “Maybe I’ll be Cousin Ness or something?”
Nessler’s first game will be TCU at Arkansas on Sept. 9.
Beavers name starter.
Oregon State coach Gary Andersen named Jake Luton the starting quarterback. The 6-foot-7 Luton will debut for the Beavers on Aug. 26 at Colorado State.
Luton started his college career at Idaho before transferring to Ventura (Calif.) College. He threw for 40 touchdowns and 3,551 yards last season in junior college competition.
Arkansas State said senior linebacker Khari Lain has been suspended for the season.
The university would not elaborate on the suspension but said it was issued by the NCAA for not meeting a policy during the team’s appearance at last year’s Cure Bowl, where Arkansas State defeated Central Florida.
2nd player sentenced.
MICH.» A second KALAMAZOO, former Western Michigan football player is heading to prison in an armed robbery of a woman near campus.
A judge sentenced 19year-old Bryson White of Mason, Ohio, to three to 15 years in prison in the August 2016 robbery.
He earlier pleaded guilty to armed robbery.