MIAMI — The University of Miami reacted swiftly Tuesday after sexual battery charges were brought against two of its football players, immediately dismissing both from the Hurricanes team and suspending them as students.
Alexander Figueroa and JaWand Blue, both 20-year-old sophomore linebackers, are accused of getting a 17-year-old girl drunk the night of July 5 and then repeatedly raping her at an on-campus residential hall. Each is charged with sexual battery on a physically helpless victim, and Figueroa is also charged with possessing a stolen or forged driver’s license.
Court records did not list an attorney for either man. But University President Donna Shalala and Blake James, the school’s athletic director, each issued statements condemning sexual assault.
Figueroa and Blue were jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail each and, if released, they will be banned from the Miami campus.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Pete Carroll is going back to the Los Angeles school – as a member of its athletic hall of fame.
The former Trojans coach is one of 16 people who have been named to the hall’s 11th class. They will be introduced at halftime of Southern Cal’s game against Oregon State on Sept. 27 at Los Angeles Coliseum.
• Defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow is out for the season after tearing his right ACL during non-contact drills in a voluntary workout.
The redshirt freshman was expected to compete for a starting spot.
NOTRE DAME: Receiver Will Mahone has no chance of returning to the school while facing felony charges of assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism, his attorney said Tuesday.
Attorney James Gentile said he hopes to get the felony charges against Mahone reduced to misdemeanors before a July 23 preliminary hearing.
“Notre Dame has informed him that as long as there are felonies pending, he is not welcome back,” Gentile said. “He would like to return to Notre Dame. Whether or not he plays football, that’s still up in the air.”
University spokesman Dennis Brown said Tuesday that Mahone has not been enrolled since June 24 but said he couldn’t comment further because of privacy laws.
Mahone was in court Monday evening for a pretrial hearing in Mahoning County Court in Ohio. Mahone has not yet entered a plea on the felony charges, but has pleaded innocent to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, Gentile said.
Police in Austintown, Ohio, about 70 miles southeast of Cleveland, say that when they responded to reports of a fight on June 14 they found Mahone punching and head butting vehicles and trying to fight several people. Officers said the 20-year-old Mahone appeared highly intoxicated and didn’t comply with orders to get on the ground. They said he yelled obscenities, threatened to kill the officers and struck one officer with his head.
Coach Brian Kelly had suspended Mahone indefinitely from all football-related activities on June 16.
Mahone, who started his career at Notre Dame as a running back, didn’t play as a freshman and was a slot receiver in two games last season but didn’t have a catch or carry.