In January, LB Nate Vaiomounga was charged with criminal mischief under $500 for allegedly breaking a window in a residence hall. Vaiomounga was kicked off the team last month after being involved with the theft of a purse on campus.
In March of this year, Riar Greer, probable starting tight end for the season, was accused of attacking two students at an off-campus party. His football season was in jeopardy while we awaited his arraignment on July 18th. Geer held out of offseason workouts but was able to resume playing. He missed the first two games because of injury before returning for West Virginia.
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In April, potential starting LB Jake Duren was booted off the team for suspicion of first-degree criminal trespassing after being found bloody and smelling of alcohol in a hallway of the housing complex after smashing a car window.
In May, former DB Clyde Surrell, who was at the heart of the University of Colorado recruiting scandal in 2000, is once again reliving that past as a women is asking a judge to press charges against Surrell for an alleged rape in high school. During the 2000 season, Surrell was at the infamous party that began the CU scandal. Surrell was charged with providing alcohol to minors in 2001.
Michael Sipili, a LB who was suspended last year for the entire season as he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault after badly beating another student, was sued for injuries stemming from the same incident that led to the victim having long-term disfigurement and traumatic brain injuries. Christopher Perri, a former DL for the Buffs, was also sued for the same incident due to his role in instigating the ordeal.
Former Buffs QB Bernard Jackson and DB Lionel Harris were arrested in connection with armed robbery of a Boulder complex. Basically, they broke into an apartment, pulled a couple guns and demanded cash. Both should be going away for a long time after being booked with first degree burglary, aggravated robbery and felony menacing. According to police reports, Jackson and Harris may also be linked to several other incidents that have happened in the same area. Jackson was the often embattled quarterback in Hawkins first year as coach of the Buffs.
Also, sophomore WR Kendrick Celestine, who was expected to be a dynamic big play receiver, was fighting for his eligibility early in the spring as he needed to get a B in a summer course or else he would have been ineligible for the upcoming year. He made the grade but Celestine left the team in the middle of the year to go back home to Louisiana and attend to his newborn child. Celestine playedin his first two years as a Buff and was expected to be a 3rd or 4th option this year, especially with his explosive speed.
"I did it in high school, but I realize I can’t do it in high school. The teachers are real strict and they really don’t know you all too well like a high school teacher would. I thought I could give them a smile or whatever and get the grade, but then I realized it doesn’t work. You can’t charm your way through college."
|Ineligible||Backup||Simas, Markques||WR||Would have played this year|
|Ineligible||Backup||Tau, Sione||OT||Backup but would have seen time|
|Ineligible/Kick Off Team||Backup||Vaiomounga, Nate||OLB||Special Teamer/Backup|
|Ineligible||Red Shirt||Katoa, Lynn||ILB||Legal & Academic Issues|
|Suspended||Starter||Geer, Riar||TE||On Campus Fight|
|Suspended||Starter||Head, Devin||OG||Suspended for WVU game/Starter|
|Suspended||Backup||Adkins, Ethan||OT||Suspended Indefinitely|
|Left Team||Backup||Celestine, Kendrick||WR||Family Issues/Playing Time Issues|
|Kicked Off Team||Starter||Duren, Jake||LB||First-degree criminal trespassing|
|Left Team||Backup||Maiava, Kai||OG/FB||Angry with Switching Positions|
What off-the-field issue hurt the Buffs the most this year on-the-field?
WR Markques Simas (28 votes)
FB Kai Maiava (8 votes)
OL Erick Faatagi (2 votes)
LB Lynn Katoa (14 votes)
OL Sione Tau (3 votes)
LB Jake Duren (1 vote)
WR Kendrick Celestine (2 votes)
58 total votes