Friday, October 19, 2007

College Football News: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good:

Harvard fullback Noah Van Niel has an interesting career ahead of him. Whats next? Blogging medieval historian skiing alumni? Nah. Way too outlandish. In any case, enjoy the whole article:

Practice isn't over until the fullback sings

Harvard player eyes opera career

By John Powers, Globe Staff | October 18, 2007

So, people ask Harvard's fullback/tenor, is there any connection between football and opera? "Incredibly so," nods Noah Van Niel, who handles defensive linemen and Donizetti with equal aplomb. "It's rehearsing a set of skills and then going out and performing. There's pressure and there's an audience and there's nerves: Can I do this?" . . .

And later this fall, when Van Niel is auditioning for postgraduate programs in vocal performance, he'll have to know Dies Bildnis from Mozart's Magic Flute and four other arias by heart. "It's just like football," Van Niel says. "When they call a play for you on the goal line, you can't say, 'I don't know that one.' "

So after football practice at the Stadium, the curly-haired, barrel-chested Newton native walks back across the Larz Anderson Bridge to Dunster House, his riverside dorm with the crimson dome, locks himself inside a practice room, and has at Signor Donizetti for an hour.

The Bad

The run-up to the rape trial of Penn State running back Austin Scott is beginning, in a sadly predictable manner, with an assault on the alleged victim:

Similar rape claim made at Moravian by Scott's accuser

Student in 2003 case was acquitted by a jury

The woman accusing Penn State running back Austin Scott of sexual assault leveled similar charges in 2003 against a Moravian College student, who was later acquitted of rape.

In both cases, the woman said the attacks happened after she spent the night drinking. And in both cases, she said she woke up to find the men forcing themselves on her, court records show.

Scott's attorney, John P. Karoly Jr. of South Whitehall Township, said the Moravian case shows the woman is ''pathological'' and has a history of falsely accusing men of rape.

'This girl has made similar allegations before that were not believed by a jury,'' he said. ''… If they insist on going forward with this case, we are going to petition the court to have her examined by a psychiatrist.'' . . .

Scott, one of the top high school football players in Lehigh Valley history, was charged with raping the woman, now 22, in his apartment on Penn State's campus in the early morning hours of Oct. 5.

He was suspended from the Nittany Lions during his last year of eligibility after the woman accused him of rape. He remains enrolled at the university, and is free under $50,000 unsecured bail.

The woman testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday that she went out drinking with friends on Oct. 4 before meeting up with Scott and going to his room. She testified that Scott, 22, began forcing himself on her, and she initially tried to resist but he hit her in the back, so she let him have sex with her because she was afraid. . . .

The Ugly:

Baylor offensive line coach Eric Schnupp had, errrr, an 'accident':

WACO, Texas -- The Baylor assistant football coach cited for public urination resigned Thursday.

Offensive line coach Eric Schnupp was suspended indefinitely by the university this week after being cited for urinating on the bar at a tavern. His resignation was effective immediately. . . .

Schnupp wasn't arrested but issued a citation early Sunday for disorderly conduct-reckless exposure at Scruffy Murphy's, police said. The citation is a Class C misdemeanor carrying a $258 fine, according to Waco Municipal Court.

Bartender Danny Severe said an employee saw Schnupp urinating on the bar, and a manager told police officers who were there on an unrelated matter, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday.


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