Ex-Connell star admits drinking

The Associated PressSeptember 26, 2013 

Suspended BYU football player Spencer Hadley, a star receiver and linebacker at Connell High, says he violated the school’s honor code by drinking alcohol and partying in Las Vegas.

Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that Hadley, 23, was ashamed of his actions. He plans to stay at BYU and is asking for forgiveness.

Hadley didn’t break any laws in his multiple trips to Las Vegas, but he violated the Mormon-owned college’s honor code, which prohibits actions such as using alcohol, using drugs or engaging in premarital sex.

The senior linebacker missed last weekend’s game against rival Utah and can’t rejoin the team until the Cougars play Boise State on Oct. 25 at the earliest.

Hadley told SI that he went to Las Vegas clubs because he was curious.


Air Force quarterback Jaleel Awini has been suspended from the team.

The Academy said that Awini “is no longer a cadet in good standing and is not allowed to represent the Academy in any outside activities, effective immediately.”

There was no indication what got Awini in trouble.


No. 20 Florida will be without defensive tackle Dominique Easley, one of the team’s best players, for the remainder of the season. Easley tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee during a non-contact drill in practice Tuesday.

Losing Easley is a significant setback for a defense that leads the Southeastern Conference in just about every major category. Easley had four quarterback hurries and two tackles for loss this season.


Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said starting wide receiver Jaylon Denson is out for the season because of a left leg injury suffered when he tripped on a rain-soaked field while tracking the ball against LSU.


Nebraska football great Johnny Rodgers has a date with the Nebraska Pardons Board.

Rodgers’ request for a full pardon for a 1970 gas station robbery is on the board’s Oct. 8 agenda. It is listed under “favorable applications for full pardon hearings.”

The 62-year-old Heisman Trophy winner says the crime has been hanging over him since his 1971 conviction. He was given two years of probation.


Thanks to Miami’s offense, one of the school’s students won an 80-inch television.

He just doesn’t know where it’ll fit in his house.

RJ Curcio won it through a promotion by a Coral Gables, Fla., store that invited fans to text and enter a contest to win a TV, the size coinciding with the 15th-ranked Hurricanes’ point total last weekend.

They scored 77 in a 77-7 win over Savannah State, and the closest TV size to that was 80 inches. Curcio takes delivery Friday.

Curcio said he has “no idea where we can put it.”

He was looking for a new TV recently, since his old one was damaged in a power surge.


Central Florida starting linebacker Willie Mitchell has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest for driving under the influence earlier this month. … Las Vegas Bowl officials say synthetic oil and lubricant maker Royal Purple will be the game’s title sponsor for at least the next three years.

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