Dayton Flyers forward Sam Miller faces assault charge after jail fight

Published: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 11:10 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

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Dayton Flyers men’s basketball player Sam Miller, a 20-year-old junior forward from Arlington, Va., faces allegations of underage drinking followed by an assault charge for his alleged role in a disturbance in jail.

Miller was arrested Sunday and charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication and underage consumption. On Monday, Miller was charged with misdemeanor assault after an incident in the Greene County Jail. He pleaded not guilty.

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“The University of Dayton is aware of an incident, but cannot discuss individual student matters because of federal privacy laws,” Dayton Athletic Director Neil Sullivan said in a statement. “With all student conduct matters, the University responds in accordance with the University’s Student Code of Conduct and other applicable standards.”

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According to public records, Miller, 20, appeared in court Monday. Bond was posted by James Pera, Miller’s uncle.

Miller’s attorney declined to comment Tuesday.

According to a Beavercreek police report, officers were dispatched to Caddy’s Taphouse at 2760 Towne Dr. in Beavercreek at 1:21 a.m. Sunday in reference to an assault.

A bartender told police Miller became upset when she told him he couldn’t have any more drinks, and he knocked all the glasses off the bar and pushed her, the report alleged.

A security officer escorted Miller outside the bar. Miller told the security officer he was going to punch someone and then pushed the officer, the report said, and that officer then took Miller to the ground and held him there until Beavercreek police arrived.

Upon arrival, Beavercreek police took Miller into custody. Officers said his speech was slurred and difficult to comprehend. He was uncooperative and combative at the time of the incident, screaming profanities and resisting officers’ attempts to get him into the back of the police vehicle, the report said. He also kicked the door of the vehicle, the report said.

The bartender completed a written statement, advising that she didn’t wish to pursue charges. Miller was issued a court summons for disorderly conduct and underage consumption and transported to Greene County Jail in Xenia. He appeared in Fairborn Municipal Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to those two charges, according to court records.

At Greene County Jail, Miller was placed in holding cell No. 1 and then urinated on the floor, the police report said.

John Watkins Jr. was brought in after being arrested by the Ohio State Patrol on OVI charge. According to the report, Watkins stated he didn’t want to be placed in the same cell where Miller had urinated. Watkins Jr. was informed the cell was being disinfected and cleaned and that would be his housing until he could be booked.

At 2:45 a.m, the report states, Miller and Watkins Jr. were seen fighting on a security camera in the cell. The video showed Miller walking over to Watkins and slapping him, the report said. Staff members were called to break up the fight. Miller was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital emergency room for evaluation. He had blood coming out of his nose and a bump on his forehead, the report said.

Miller, a graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., has appeared in 53 games the past two seasons. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds as a freshman and 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds as a sophomore.

Miller broke his foot playing basketball on April 1, the day Anthony Grant was hired, but was on schedule in his rehabilitation. Miller shared a video on Twitter of him dunking on Saturday.

Oklahoma State boasts nation-leading 3 players on CoSIDA Academic All-America teams

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is ensuring that his players are excelling both on and off the field.

Three Cowboys players — running back Justice Hill, offensive guard Brad Lundblade and tight end Britton Abbott — all received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors on Thursday. It was the most of any team in the nation.

Hill and Lundblade earned first-team honors while Abbott received second-team honors.

Hill may have been the most versatile of the trio this season. The sophomore from Tulsa, Okla. rushed for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns during the 2017 regular season. He additionally caught for 191 yards and a touchdown.

Oklahoma State will wrap up 2017 with a trip to the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 28. The Cowboys will face No. 22 Virginia Tech in the contest.

Defensive coordinator David Gibbs gets new contract at Texas Tech

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

David Gibbs is officially staying at Texas Tech as a defensive coordinator.

But it’s going to cost the Red Raiders.

Gibbs has signed a two-year contract with Texas Tech worth $650,000 a year, according to a release from the school. All week, his name had been floated around as a possible candidate for the defensive coordinator job at Arizona State under new head coach Herm Edwards, as Gibbs coached under Edwards in the NFL.  Those talks dried up this morning. 

“We are fortunate to have one of the top defensive coordinators in the country in Coach Gibbs,” Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said according to the release. “Since the conclusion of the regular season, finalizing this new contract to keep Coach Gibbs at Texas Tech has been a priority for myself and Kirby (Hocutt). We look forward to continuing to build one of the nation’s top defenses in the years to come under Coach Gibbs.”

Gibbs has been in Lubbock since 2015. His defense was near the bottom of the country in the first two years of his tenure, but made massive strides in 2017.

Wisconsin recruiting: 3 2019 commits make Rivals top 8; DE Braden Cassity mulls grayshirt offer

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

Recruiting never stops in Badgers country, and we’re here to help put it all in perspective. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday night for a recap of Wisconsin recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes and a glimpse at what’s coming next.

3 2019 commits make Rivals top 8

Wisconsin is off to a strong start with its 2019 recruiting class. But for anyone who wasn’t sure just how strong, released its latest position rankings and three of the Badgers’ four commits are in the top 8 nationally at their respective positions.

Quarterback Graham Mertz (Overland Park, Kan.) came in at No. 6 among pro-style quarterbacks. Wisconsin offered scholarships to five quarterbacks in the class. Mertz trails No. 1 JT Daniels, who committed to USC, as well as No. 4 Grant Gunnell, who picked Texas A&amp;M. He is ranked ahead of No. 8 Cade McNamara (Notre Dame) and No. 10 Paul Tyson (uncommitted).

Mertz was phenomenal during his junior season in leading Blue Valley North High to its first state championship. He completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,684 yards with 45 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Mertz added 5 rushing touchdowns. Check out his junior-season highlights below:

Inside linebacker Leo Chenal (Grantsburg, Wis.) was the first committed player in the 2019 class and made a huge jump in the Rivals rankings. Chenal is rated as the No. 8 inside linebacker in the nation. He is one of only two committed players in the top 15 at that position.

According to, Chenal carried 59 times for 620 yards with 10 touchdowns this season. He caught 19 passes for 366 yards with 7 touchdowns. Defensively, Chenal tallied 96 tackles with 19 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles and 3 sacks. His brother, John Chenal, will be a Badgers walk-on in the 2018 class and rushed for an astounding 2,287 yards with 35 touchdowns while recording 117 tackles. Here are Leo’s junior-season highlights:

Finally, 6-foot-6, 285-pound junior Logan Brown (Grand Rapids, Mich.) came in as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the country. Brown is a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite and is the highest-rated player in Wisconsin’s 2019 class. He committed to Wisconsin over Michigan on Nov. 19 after watching the Badgers defeat the Wolverines in Camp Randall Stadium.

Wisconsin’s other commit, Julius Davis, did not crack the top 40 running backs in the Rivals rankings. However, 247Sports lists him as its No. 29 running back. All four prospects rank in the top three in their states, according to the 247Sports composite.

2018 DE Braden Cassity lists Badgers in top 4

Braden Cassity, a 6-2, 245-pound defensive end from Austin, Texas, has grayshirt offers from two Power 5 programs: Wisconsin and Oklahoma State. He told writer Nick Krueger this week that those two programs, as well as Tulane and Tulsa, were on his top-four list.

Cassity is a teammate of Wisconsin running back commit Nakia Watson. Those two have helped lead Austin Westlake to the state semifinals. Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst and wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore visited Watson and Cassity on Tuesday.

According to, Cassity has 101 tackles this season with 17 hurries, 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He recorded 7 tackles in Westlake’s 28-14 quarterfinal victory against Steele. Based on Cassity’s interests, Wisconsin could be in a good position to land him, although he said he wouldn’t sign until Feburary.

“One of the most important things for me is going to a school that has great outdoors,” Cassity told Krueger. “I love hunting, I love fishing and that’s huge for me. I’m looking for a place that I am going to feel like I fit in — I don’t want to go to a school that doesn’t really fit my personality.”

2018 forward Drew Peterson to visit Wisconsin hoops

Forward Drew Peterson doesn’t have a scholarship offer from Wisconsin’s basketball program, but he certainly appears to be trending in that direction. Peterson is a 6-7, 180-pound senior from Libertyville, Ill. He is scheduled to take an unofficial visit to watch Wisconsin’s home game against Green Bay on Dec. 23.

Wisconsin coaches watched Peterson and Libertyville defeat Lake Forest 65-60 in overtime on Tuesday night.

According to the Daily Herald, Peterson scored 17 points. He buried his second 3-pointer of the fourth quarter with less than 20 seconds remaining to help force overtime. That performance came four days after Peterson exploded for 37 points in his team’s 63-54 victory against Waukegan.

Peterson buried 4 3-pointers against Waukegan, and what stands out most is how quickly he can release a shot over a defender. He is a nice spot-up shooter but also has the ability to score from long-range off the dribble. Take a look at his Waukegan highlights:

Libertyville is 5-3 this season and riding a four-game winning streak on the strength of Peterson’s scoring ability. During those four games, he has averaged 26.5 points. Peterson recorded 29 points, 15 rebounds and 3 steals in his team’s 55-48 victory against Lake Forest Academy on Nov. 30. He added 23 points and 10 rebounds in Libertyville’s 59-54 victory against Warren Township on Dec. 5.

Peterson has scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Illinois-Chicago, IUPUI, Kent State, Loyola-Chicago, Tulane and William &amp; Mary. He also has interest from Butler, Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue and Stanford.

Wisconsin currently has two committed players in the 2018 recruiting class — forward Taylor Currie (Clarkston, Mich.) and center Joe Hedstrom (Hopkins, Minn.). But the Badgers are in need of more frontcourt help. Ethan Happ is a redshirt junior who could declare for the NBA draft next spring. Charlie Thomas, Andy Van Vliet and Alex Illikainen will be seniors next season. Wisconsin also could look to add a graduate transfer in the class.

According to 247Sports, Peterson is a 3-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 7 player in Illinois for 2018. He is the top uncommitted player in the state.

Ohio State recruiting: Cameron Brown sets date; most Buckeyes commits signing in December

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:08 PM

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Recruiting never stops, and if you take a day off, you fall behind. Join us every night for a daily recap of Ohio State recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes and a glimpse at what’s coming next.

Cameron Brown to decide Dec. 20

Ohio State landed a key contributor on Tuesday when 4-star wide receiver Kamryn Babb committed, and one of his high school teammates could soon join him in Columbus.

Cameron Brown, another 4-star receiver out of St. Louis Christian Brothers, posted on Twitter that he’ll announce his college decision Wednesday and sign that same day as a part of the early signing period.

Brown is currently committed to Nebraska, but he took an official visit to Ohio State the weekend of Dec. 8. He is the No. 58 wide receiver and No. 339 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings.

When are players signing and enrolling?

The early signing period has already caused a lot of confusion, especially in regard to which players will sign on what date.

Early enrollees will sign during the Dec. 20-22 window, of course, but committed players who won’t arrive until June have a choice of either signing in December or February. The good news for Ohio State fans is that most of the entire current group of commitments will sign early in December.

Marc Givler of put together a chart of where Ohio State’s commitments stand in terms of signing date and enrollment date.

So what happens now to National Signing Day in February? Obviously, it will be diminished if most recruits sign in December, but there are still some high-profile targets out there for the Buckeyes that will sign in February, including 4-star defensive ends Jayson Oweh and Tyreke Smith.

Buckeyes offer Class of 2019 WR

Ohio State wide receiver coach Zach Smith was recently in Virginia, and he apparently liked what he saw. Virginia Beach (Va.) Cox 3-star wide receiver Tayvion Robinson, a Class of 2019 prospect, posted on Twitter on Thursday that he’d been offered by the Buckeyes.

Robinson also has offers from Duke, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Next Generation begins

Each year, Land of 10 writers travel across the country to profile recruits and signees as a part of our Next Generation Series. Last year at Ohio State, we profiled Josh Myers, Chase Young, Thayer Munford, Jaylen Harris, Pete Werner, Blake Haubeil and Ellijah Gardiner.

That series is starting again with a couple of early enrollees. Look out for stories on Master Teague and Max Wray in the next couple of days, to be followed later by bigger feature stories on those players. And as with last year, there will be plenty more to come — especially in the next few months with the players who aren’t enrolling early.

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