College Football News April 20: 5-Star RB Soso Jamabo Arrested


Two high-profile arrests marred a weekend rife with spring games. UCLA’s 5-star running back prospect Soso Jamabo is not yet on campus, and his arrest on multiple charges early Sunday could prevent the highly coveted Texas blue-chipper from ever making it to Westwood.

The Dallas Morning News reports Soso Jamabo drove with “total disregard for the public safety of others on the road.”

Jamabo’s citations include minor in possession of alcohol and evading arrest. No reports of DUI have surfaced, though a full report is expected soon, per the DMN. UCLA issued a statement Sunday morning, though the content is rather ambiguous.

Coaches’ handling of DUI is a pertinent topic currently. Alabama’s Nick Saban came under scrutiny for his statements on defensive back Geno Smith, who was suspended after his second DUI arrest and returned to practice last week.

Florida redshirt freshman defensive back J.C. Jackson was arrested on charges of armed robbery, per the Gainesville Sun.

The Gainesville Sun quotes new Florida head coach Jim McElwain, and he is seemingly ready to take a firm stance:

We are aware of the news involving J.C. Jackson, and he is currently dealing with a serious issue,” McElwain said. “We don’t condone any of his actions, and it is not something that reflects on the expectations we have in the program. It is being handled accordingly due to the severity of his actions.

Pending further information from the Gainesville Police, don’t be surprised if McElwain dismisses Jackson. The first-year Gators head coach faced a similar situation upon his arrival at Colorado State, when All-Mountain West defensive end Nordly Capi was involved in the beating of a student.

Capi was No. 11 in the nation in sacks the season prior.

Furthermore, Florida administrators will probably want to distance the football program from the bad publicity it’s received from the Gators’ connection to Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez’s run-ins with the law while at Florida were rehashed throughout his arrest and murder trial.

Maty Mauk Highlights Missouri Spring Game, Jake Kreinberg/Associated Press

After a 2014 season of ups, downs and a second straight SEC East championship, Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk focused his offseason efforts on becoming a more effective pocket passer.

While he’ll remain one of the SEC’s more dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks, proving that with 40 rushing yards in limited action Saturday, Mauk also looks like a more effective passer.

Major Applewhite Takes Path Through Ohio State to Houston OC Job, Bruce Feldman/Fox Sports

Major Applewhite lost his job as offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Texas, after an affair with a student trainer. But Applewhite is back in the Lone Star State this season as offensive coordinator at Houston after building a relationship with the Cougars’ new head coach, Tom Herman.

Bruce Feldman details how Applewhite and Herman’s relationship grew while Herman was souping up Urban Meyer’s offense at Ohio State.

Can Gene Chizik Save A Historically Bad North Carolina Defense, David Fox/Athlon

National championship-winning head coach Gene Chizik has resurfaced as defensive coordinator at North Carolina, and the job he faces in Chapel Hill is monumental.

No, Chizik is not overseeing athletic department and academic relations, but his is probably the second-most difficult task involving Tar Heel football: rebuilding a defense that allowed 39 points per game in 2014.