If you’ve been periodically checking in on the University of Southern Mississippi’s football team over the course of the NCAA season, you already know what a catastrophe it’s been for the Golden Eagles, and to a lesser extent, freshman quarterback Anthony Alford, who the Jays selected in the third round of this year’s draft.
Or… well… that is, it was a lesser extent catastrophe for Alford until last night.
Yes, on the day that the school fired head coach Ellis Johnson one year into his tenure– following up a 12-2 2011 with a winless season in which Alford (not to mention the four other quarterbacks used) was hopelessly ineffective (according to reports), and in which his mother was arrested at a game following a verbal altercation with a fan berating his play– Alford somehow managed to make things worse.
To wit, via school paper The Student Printz:
Freshman Anthony Alford was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, and junior Korey Hathorn was charged with felony possession of a weapon on campus by a student. Both were being held in the Forrest County Jail without bond Wednesday night.
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Alford was identified as a “principal in the incident” and arrested for aggravated assault.
“The aggravated assault charge is the result of a weapon being used in a threatening manner,” [University police chief Bob] Hopkins said. “It’s a little early to say who the gun belonged to.”
Alford is now on an interim suspension, awaiting a hearing with the school’s crusty old Dean, who tells the paper that suspension and expulsion are possibilities in the case.
Here’s where I’d like to start cracking wise about how ready he must now be to jump straight into full-on pro ball for the Jays, or speculating too wildly about how things work down there in Mississippi, but… shit, that’s a pretty serious charge.
Hopefully Alford gets it sorted and is able to put this whole season behind him and continue on in his athletic pursuits– preferably with the Jays. Y’know, unless he actually is a fucking gun-pulling insane person, in which case the $750,000 bonus the Jays paid to land him may have to be a sunk cost. Far too soon to say so now, of course.