News Roundup - Senator Julio Jones 3/11
Alabama WR Julio Jones
Alabama WR Julio Jones
Posted Mar 11, 2009

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The News Stories You Need To Know ... March 11

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By Phil Guidry 

* As much as the News Roundup would like to quit Lane Kiffin, he just makes it impossible to do so. Our one-day Kiffin-free streak has been shattered by this item: he reportedly told prized South Carolina recruit Alshon Jeffery that if the wide receiver chose the Gamecocks, he would end up pumping gas for the rest of his life like all the other players from that state who had gone to South Carolina. Perhaps, but if Kiffin can't back up his bluster he'll be sending Jeffery his resume for a squeegee position.

* Contrary to popular stereotypes, there is some speed to be mined on The Ohio State University campus. Josh Springer may be walking on to the Buckeye squad after ripping off a 4.47 40-yard dash. What makes this story intriguing is that Springer is the OSU cheerleading captain. The only thing more embarrassing than the Buckeyes having a cheerleader on their squad is having that cheerleader torch your team's secondary.

* Jim Tressel might be affectionately known as "The Senator," but he's not the only senator in college football. Alabama freshman sensation Julio Jones - despite not campaigning - received enough write-in votes to earn a seat on the student senate. At least he has something to fall back on in case football doesn't work out. You know, so he doesn't end up pumping gas with Alshon Jeffery and Lane Kiffin.

* The News Roundup would like to note that a misdemeanor charge against Florida offensive lineman Carl Johnson for violating a sexual violence restraining order has been dropped. Which means it's been dropped out of our police blotter, too.

* Here's a handy tip for college football players: avoid McDonald's drive-through windows. They're apparently a magnet for bad things. Just a few weeks after FSU's Preston Parker was arrested for DUI (when he was allegedly found passed out in his car in a Mickey D's drive-through), former Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his own alleged Golden Arches drive-through episode. Then Jamar Hornsby - a former Florida Gator who is now a member of the Ole Miss team - took it to another level when was arrested on charges that he allegedly assaulted a man at a McDonald's drive-through with... brass knuckles. We'll make you guys a deal: we'll stop reporting drive-through mishaps when you stop showing up in them drunk or armed with exotic weapons (and that includes nunchuks, throwing stars, cat-o-nine-tails, maces, battle axes and switchblade combs).

171 days and counting...

Lane Kiffin

Josh Springer

Julio Jones

Carl Johnson

Willie Tuitama

Jamar Hornsby