MONROE — The Louisiana-Monroe football team reports to campus Tuesday and the team will open fall camp Wednesday in preparation for its season opener against Wake Forest.
Fall camp will be open to Warhawks fans; however, but videoing of practices will not be allowed.
ULM opens the season Thursday, Aug. 28 at home against the Demon Deacons. The game is slated to kick off at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.
Louisiana Tech adds QB
RUSTON — Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz announced Monday that quarterback Taylor Burch has been added to the team roster.
Burch was a member of the football team for two seasons in 2010 and 2011 before choosing to focus on baseball the past two years. With his baseball eligibility exhausted, Burch has one final season of football eligibility remaining and will rejoin the program.
In 2011, Burch served as the holder on special teams and completed a 12-yard pass to Matt Broha on a 4th-and-4 fake field goal against Houston.
As a four-year member of the Louisiana Tech baseball team, Burch hit .227 with 83 hits, 47 runs scored and 35 RBIs.
The addition of Burch gives the Bulldogs five quarterbacks on the roster entering the season with Ryan Higgins the lone signal caller having started a Division I game.
Louisiana Tech reports for fall camp Sunday.
Marshall RB dismissed
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall has dismissed running back Kevin Grooms following his arrest.
The Marshall athletic department issued a statement saying Grooms was dismissed Saturday for a violation of team rules and policies. The department said it would have no further comment.
Western Regional Jail records show Grooms was charged with domestic assault, burglary, petit larceny and fleeing on foot. Jail records didn’t indicate whether he has an attorney.
In November, Grooms was arrested on domestic battery and obstruction charges and was suspended from the team indefinitely.
Grooms led Marshall as a freshman in 2012 with 737 rushing yards. He ran for 503 yards during an injury-plagued season in 2013.
Jurors get case in slaying
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A jury is considering the fate of a man charged with murder in the robbery and shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.
The prosecution and defense wrapped up their cases Monday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court. Twenty-one-year-old Ed Thomas of Detroit faces open murder and robbery charges in the Oct. 18 death of Reed, a 20-year-old from Chicago.
In closing arguments Monday, Assistant Prosecutor Nimish Ganatra said that Thomas is just as guilty as the shooter. Twenty-year-old Kristopher Pratt pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Pratt admits pulling the trigger and has testified against Thomas. Ganatra says Thomas handed Pratt the gun.
Thomas’s lawyer Lorne Brown says Pratt lied to get a plea deal and says Thomas was just hanging out with Pratt the night of the killing.