As the spring practices begin, we find many football programs dealing with legal and discipline issues.
Before the bowl games started, we saw a flurry of arrests come out of East Lansing, Mich., where 11 Spartans football players were arrested for assault and battery charges. Now that two of those players have transferred, we see new problems arising on other teams.
The University of Oregon has experienced new arrests of their own in their football program.
If you can recall, RB LeGarrette Blount was suspended for eight games in 2009 for obvious reasons. Now the RB who took his place is also in trouble.
Freshman RB LaMichael James has been arrested for assault charges (by his girlfriend) and has recently pleaded not guilty to these accusations. We will have to keep a close eye on how this turns out, since it could be a problem for the 2010 season.
LaMichael James carried the load for the Quack Attack's rushing game and showed much promise. He joins teammate Rob Beard with assault charges.
WR Jamere Holland was recently kicked off the team for racist comments on a Facebook page, referring to the arrests of his teammates.
He wrote, "I should block friend requests from whites."
Athletic Director Mike Bellotti would not discuss the circumstances of Holland's termination but said, "I won't get into the specifics, but you're smart enough to figure it out."
Keep an eye on how these legal issues turn out for the Oregon Program at theses two sites.
-You can find the link here.
-Jamere Holland's facebook page can be found here and the comments are still up
-Russ Hartley (YGS). Contact Hartley at YGSpodcast@GMail.com or visit his site .