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More Legal Trouble for the Huskers

June 9, 2009

For some inexplicable reason, Husker I-Back Quentin Castille failed to appear in court on Monday for a ticket he received back on April 8th when he was pulled over for not having a license plate on the front of a 1995 Honda he had just purchased.

Since the car was still registered to the previous owner, the LPD slapped Castille with false registration, unlawful display of plates, and no proof of ownership. Castille pleaded not guilty back in May, and since he did not return on Monday, the judge authorized a warrant which will be activated in the next two days.

From Quentin Castille’s MySpace page

Last Thursday, Husker WR Niles Paul pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless driving, minor consumption, and operating a vehicle without a license. If you recall, on April 8th Paul was stopped for speeding and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. His court date is scheduled for July 6th.

Couple these two offenses together and you get a headache that Bo Pelini surely didn’t need. Paul has much more to worry about than Castille, but regardless, it will be interesting to see how Pelini handles this. If any suspensions are to come of this (and I’m sure they will for Paul), then thankfully we have Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State at home before we head off to Virginia Tech. However, I don’t see Castille’s offenses warranting any game suspensions – if anything at all.

And with all of that being said, at least the Huskers are nowhere near Urban Meyer’s Florida Gator football team. In Meyer’s four years at UF, there have been 24 – yes, 24! – arrests. The most recent one involving potential All-American CB Janoris Jenkins, who was tasered after fighting with and trying to elude the Gainesville police, has finally gotten much needed attention drawn to the Gator football team for something other than Tim Tebow’s faith and goodwill for humanity. Gregg Doyel, who is a Florida graduate and CBSsports.com national columnist, recently wrote a great article that examines the way Urban Meyer has failed the university and why two national championships in four years could never justify the off-the-field disasters under his watch – read here.

***Update 6/9/2009 from the LJS – “A county judge recalled the arrest warrant for junior Husker I-back Quentin Castille when he came to court Tuesday morning a day later than scheduled. The warrant was originally given after Castille failed to go to court on a minor case over a missing license plate. Judge Mary Doyle granted Castille requests for a continuance and set a hearing in two weeks. The state dismissed his failure to appear charges.”***

We can now scratch Castille’s name off the laundry list….

Ben Cotton’s Drunken Dorm Room Debauchery

March 1, 2009

Husker redshirt freshman Ben Cotton, son of offensive line coach Barney Cotton, was cited by the campus police last night for wreaking havoc in a UNL dormitory.

Apparently, Cotton wasn’t being very pleasant to some of the residents at Smith Hall at 2:30 a.m.

Husker redshirt freshman Ben Cotton was ticketed for minor consumption and disturbing the peace after his involvement in a verbal dispute at a UNL dormitory early this morning. Police responded to an argument inside Smith Hall between a resident and Cotton around 2:30 a.m. today, according to UNL police spokesman Carl Oestmann.

That’s it? Disturbing the peace at a college dorm on a Saturday night? There has to be more.

The 19-year-old tight end was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .085, according to an online incident report. Cotton was cooperative and was subsequently cited and released, Oestmann said. But Cotton was also cited for trespassing, since he did not reside in Smith Hall (Ben had not signed in or been escorted by a resident.)

That’s it? A blood alcohol of .085? That’s almost .005% above the legal limit! Slow down Ben. I wonder what Coach Pelini is going to do about this.

Coach Bo Pelini said through a Nebraska spokesman this afternoon that he is aware of the situation and Cotton will be disciplined internally.

Let’s see. Where have we heard this one before? Oh yeah, right here from a Mr. P. Witt.

Hell yeah Coach Pelini needs to sit Ben down and take some serious disciplinary action. First of all, it’s a disgrace to the every student that has ever walked through the UNL fraternities or dormitories at 2:30 a.m. on a Saturday night to have a BAC of only .085 and start crazy shenanigans like this. It’s time to put down the three-two beer and step up to the real stuff. Secondly, if you are going to use your ‘get out of jail free card,’ make it count. At least Patrick Witt signed into the dorm with a fake name, physically shoved an R.A., took off running down 16th street from the police, and had a fake i.d. in his pocket. Look what happened to him?

I’m pretty sure the only worrisome thing for the Cottons about this whole situation is going to be how much shit they take from the rest of the team. Imagine Barney trying to defend his 6’6, 230 pound son with a BAC of .085 at 2:30 a.m. to the Pelinis. Imagine Ben trying to defend himself because he was arguing with Louis Skolnick, who was clearly just trying to get some sleep. Embarrassing.

Lawrence Phillips, Meet Brock Williams

February 18, 2009

The second that I started to read the following story a certain former Husker immediately came to mind. Yep, it’s Lawrence Phillips and he might have actually been out done here.

A report just surfaced yesterday from the Boston Herald that ex-Patriot Brock Williams, a DB from Notre Dame, swapped his 2002 Super Bowl Ring for $2,000 dollars at a Las Vegas pawn shop.

“”He was offered $15,000 to sell it, but he said no. He just borrowed some money and never came back,” said Rick Harrison, owner of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on the Las Vegas Strip.

Despite “serious offers of $60,000 for it,” Harrison, who took ownership of the ring when Brock Williams failed to claim it after 120 days, has only teased it on eBay for more than $100,000.

“I don’t plan on actually selling it,” Harrison said. “It is worth more just from the people who come in my shop to see it.”

Harrison said the Patriots’ historic 20-17 defeat of the St. Louis Rams is “the most desirable Super Bowl ring there is” because it marked the first time it was made from 14-karat white gold and encrusted with an astounding 143 diamonds.”

First off, Rick Harrison is full of shit. On February 3rd, he sold the ring on ebay for $100,100.00.
Secondly, Brock Williams turned down $15,000 of cold cash for a $2,000 loan which he forgot about after 120 days? Jackpot, Rick!

If you recall back in 2004, Lawrence Phillips stumbled into a Las Vegas pawn shop and sold a Big 8 Championship ring for $20.

“He said he (Phillips) was stuck in Las Vegas,” said Steve Gibson, owner of Steve’s Buy & Sell, 625 Las Vegas Blvd. South. “He said, `I need to get out of town.’ “

Gibson, who turned around and sold the ring on eBay for $1,700, said he tried to talk Phillips out of selling it. “I thought about not giving him $20, but he would have just walked down the street and sold it.”

Phillips told Gibson he tried to hawk the ring “at every pawnshop from Tropicana to downtown,” but nobody was interested because it was not gold.

“His name was on the side of the ring, but I didn’t believe it was him until I saw his driver’s license,” Gibson said.”

Although many athletes turn around and sell their championship rings, not many stoop so low as to stumble into a few pawn shops on the Las Vegas Strip and hand their rings over for pocket change. To me, this is a virtual dead heat for stupidity. The biggest question I have is why did Phillips have only one Big 8 ring with him? Where were his other two Big 8 rings and two National Championship rings? He should have a been walking out of Steve’s Buy & Sell with a few Benjamins instead of only one Jackson.

Anyhow, I was wondering who the guy is that paid over a $100 grand for the Super Bowl ring is. And since we are on the subject, I found this Big 8 ring at TJ’s Collectibles (L.P.’s ??) that says it has already sold (but that I can add it to my wish list, if I want!) I also found three college football National Championship rings on the website. A 1999 Florida State National Championship ring, a 1986 Penn State National Championship ring, and a 1975 Oklahoma National Championship all go for exactly $4,750.

Huskerspot.com did an interview with Jesse Kosch last fall. Jesse and his father, Bill, own all 5 of Nebraska’s National Championship rings between the two of them. Now, imagine if the Kosch family were to put one of these rings up for sale. I ask you the all-important question…

How much would you be willing to pay for one of Nebraska’s five National Championship rings?
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