Steubenville player convicted of rape returns to team

Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 2:41 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 9:52 PM

One of two Steubenville High School football players who were convicted of rape that happened during the onset of the 2012 season has been readmitted to the team.

Ma’lik Richmond, 18, has been released from juvenile detention and has rejoined the Big Red football team, according to media outlets. He and former teammate Trent Mays were found guilty of rape following an August 2012 party in which a 16-year-old West Virginia girl had passed out and was assaulted.

The case rocked the community and drew national attention from victim advocates.

The two males teens weren’t the only ones to face charges:

  • Steubenville superintendent Michael McVey could face six years imprisonment if he’s found guilty of tampering with evidence.
  • Former assistant football coach Matthew Belardine faces two years imprisonment for allowing underage drinking and obstructing official business. It was his house that the party occurred.
  • Teachers Seth Fluharty and Lynett Gorman face 30 days in jail if found guilty of failing to report child abuse or neglect.

All those charges were secured by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. At least some of the charges against McVey are the result of a second alleged rape in April 2012 by Steubenville baseball players at a coach’s house. The alleged victim has since recanted the claim and said it was consensual sex.

Posted photos and video of the August 2012 rape have centered attention on how social media played a role in instigating the act and prosecuting it.

May, 17 when he was convicted, is still in detention. He also was found guilty of sending nude photos of the girl.

Located in Jefferson County near the West Virginia border and on the Ohio River, Steubenville football has been the pride of a community that has been hard hit first by the decline of the steel industry in the 1980s and by the recent recession.

According to a 2010 census, Steubenville’s poverty rate was 27.5 percent. From 1980-2000, it also was found to be part of an area that had the most urban demographic decline in the United States.

Despite those dismal numbers, Big Red football has flourished. Steubenville has won three state football championships, including consecutive titles in 2005-06. The Big Red was 9-5 last season, losing to Youngstown Mooney in the Division IV state semifinals. Steubenville was 9-3 in the 2012 season.

Guenther addresses report of playing Ross at corner

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:13 PM

            CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 3: Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during an organized team activity (OTA) workout at Paul Brown Stadium on June 3, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 3: Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during an organized team activity (OTA) workout at Paul Brown Stadium on June 3, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said he was aware of the report from Pro Football Talk that the team considered giving rookie first-round wide receiver John Ross some reps at cornerback, something Marvin Lewis joked about at his Wednesday press conference due to the team’s injury problems.

But Guenther scoffed at the notion there was any thought given to Ross switching positions.

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It was simply a contingency plan for an injury-riddled secondary that was without starting safety Shawn Williams (hamstring) and starting cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) and Adam Jones (groin) and backup Darqueze Dennard (knee).

“At the beginning of the week we only had a certain amount of DBs we were going to have available, so we tried to scour the roster and see if guys who may have played DB in college,” Guenther said.

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Ross started four games at corner and three at wide receiver during his freshman year at Washington.

“We had a couple other receivers we talked about taking reps at safety just in case in an emergency situation,” Guenther said. “You have to have your bases covered.”

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Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green played safety on a Chicago’s Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the first half and registered a pass defended. And offensive lineman Alex Redmond played defensive tackle in the goal-line package in the second half.

The Bengals called up cornerback Tony McRae from the practice squad on Saturday after placing Jones on season-ending IR, so had Ross not gone on IR earlier in the week, Guenther could have used him in the Bears game if he lost another corner.

“I said ‘that’ll be the call of the year if I get John Ross a sack on a corner blitz,’” Guenther laughed.

4-star RB in 2018 class decommits from Mississippi State

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:19 PM

Dan Mullen’s departure from Mississippi State has likely made a high-profile commit decide he’s a better fit elsewhere.

Four-star running back Fabian Franklin decommitted from the Bulldogs on Dec. 10 and then committed to Texas Christian University according to Yancy Porter of Scout.

Franklin is the 2nd best player in Mississippi according to 247 Sports. He’s also a top-300 player nationally and the no. 14 running back according to the site.

While he’s now committed to TCU, Franklin has already flipped once. Other schools which have offers out include Tennessee, Ole Miss, Michigan, Georgia and Alabama.

The Hattiesburg native attends Hattiesburg High School and just gave Joe Moorhead a new spot to fill in his 2018 class.

Cowboys’ Sean Lee: We have great opportunity ahead of us

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:16 PM

Sean Lee and the Dallas Cowboys are going by a simple mantra during their season-defining stretch run — one game at a time.

“We continue to play,” Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee said after the team’s 30-10 win over the New York Giants, per the Cowboys’ official website. “We know we have a great opportunity ahead of us and we’ve got to take it one game at a time. I know that’s cliché, but that’s the only way you do it if you want to get on a winning streak.”

It’s notable for a player like Lee to say that. The Cowboys view the weak side linebacker as a team and he is the driving force on their defense. Dallas desperately missed Lee when he was out the past three games with a hamstring injury. He made his presence know on Sunday with a team-high 18 tackles.

Since the Philadelphia Eagles locked up the NFC East, the Cowboys (7-6) only chance to make the playoffs is going the wild card route.

All 22 stating on the Cowboys Facebook Live that the team needs to win out to have a chance at the postseason. If the regular season ending today, the Cowboys would be on the outside looking in. As it currently stands, the Carolina Panthers (8-5) and Atlanta Falcons (8-5) own the two win card spots. The Cowboys are currently the fourth team outside the NFC wild-card picture behind the Seattle Seahawks (8-5), Detroit Lions (7-6) and Green Bay Packers (7-6).

Three games remain in the regular season. Dallas will find out their postseason fate in the very near future.

The Cowboys don’t control their own destiny, it’s out of their hands. All the team can do is win the rest of the remaining games on the schedule.


Report: Oregon OC Marcus Arroyo expected to sign 3-year deal with Ducks

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:10 PM

Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo is expected to sign a 3-year deal with the Ducks, according to a report by Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated.

Arroyo, 37, served as the Oregon co-offensive coordinator with new head coach Mario Cristobal during the 2017 season. He was also the quarterbacks coach. It is not known whether or not Arroyo will continue to serve as the QB coach moving forward. Before coming to the Ducks, Arroyo was the running backs coach at Oklahoma State in 2015 and 2016.

Arroyo was a four-year starting quarterback at San Jose State. He started his coaching career in 2003 as a graduate assistant at San Jose State and was the co-offensive coordinator for the Spartans by 2007. He has also served as the sole offensive coordinator at Southern Miss and Wyoming.

The Oregon OC has also worked for the Cal Bears and in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.