TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Four Alabama players have been dismissed from the team following their arrests after two robberies on campus.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway “are no longer associated with the football program.”
Saban says the players’ “actions do not reflect the spirit and character we want our organization to reflect.”
Pettway, Williams and Hayes are charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Williams and Calloway are charged with fraudulent use of a credit card.
Williams confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back. He said Pettway and Hayes watched him commit another robbery from a nearby vehicle about an hour later.
Hayes also confessed.
Vandy star ends career
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt running back Warren Norman’s playing days are over. The 2009 Southeastern Conference freshman of the year said knee injuries that limited him the past two seasons cut his college career short.
Norman announced his decision Wednesday at a news conference.
The running back from Stone Mountain, Ga., said he talked with his family, doctors and coach James Franklin before deciding to stop playing. Norman ran for 783 yards as a freshman and scored three touchdowns on kickoff returns to become only the second Vanderbilt player to be named the SEC’s freshman of the year.
Manziel headed to court?
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A company representing Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has filed a lawsuit to stop the sale of T-shirts using his “Johnny Football” nickname.
The federal lawsuit seeks damages for alleged trademark infringement and reimbursement for court fees and other compensation. It was filed by Manziel’s limited liability company, JMAN2 Enterprises LLC, against Eric Vaughan of Fairview, Texas. He owns a website selling T-shirts that read “Keep Calm and Johnny Football.”
Manziel’s company filed the trademark for “Johnny Football” on Feb. 2, and it is pending.
FB Ogletree leaves Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. — Alexander Ogletree, a part-time starting fullback for Georgia as a junior in 2012, is leaving the team for undisclosed medical reasons.
Georgia made the announcement in a brief statement Wednesday.
Ogletree is the twin brother of linebacker Alec Ogletree, who left school after his junior season to enter the NFL draft.
Alexander Ogletree is on track to graduate and plans to continue classes while remaining on athletic scholarship.
Ogletree started two games last season. He had three carries for 14 yards and one touchdown and four receptions for 25 yards.
Former walk-on Merritt Hall, a rising sophomore, started six games at fullback last season.
Jones to be grand marshal
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones will be grand marshal at the Food City 500 on March 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Jones was hired Dec. 7 to replace Derek Dooley, who was fired Nov. 18 after going 15-21 in three seasons. Jones owns a 50-27 record in six seasons at Central Michigan (2007-09) and Cincinnati (201-12).
Tennessee begins its first spring practice under Jones on March 9.
The Food City 500 starts at 1 p.m. March 17.