Suspended Florida State running back Dalvin Cook flatly denied the allegations of assault through his attorney Monday night, ESPN.com’s Joe Schad reports.
Dalvin Cook’s attorney says Cook did not strike a woman and charges are result of pressure in Tally based on recent high-profile cases
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 14, 2015
A warrant for Cook’s arrest was issued on Friday, stemming from an alleged altercation in late June. Dalvin Cook turned himself in immediately. Monday’s statement, plainly denying all charges and promising to fight the allegations came almost as immediately.
Per Schad, another twist is the assertion Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph was actually hit.
Attorney for Dalvin Cook says FSU WR Travis Rudolph was actually struck.
— Joe Schad(@schadjoe) July 14, 2015
Cook’s statement is incredibly straightforward and says loud and clear that the running back is going all the way in against the charges. Meanwhile, dismissed former teammate De’Andre Johnson, arrested in a separate domestic violence case, is making his own public statement Tuesday on Good Morning America.
In a sitdown interview with Michael Strahan, Johnson talks his hitting a woman in a Tallahassee bar last month.
The flood of controversy at Florida State prompted university president John E. Thrasher to speak directly to the Seminoles Monday.
Ron Higgins, The Times-Piacyune
First-year Florida head coach Jim McElwain made his bones coaching offense, first as coordinator at Alabama and then in his time resurrecting Colorado State. He begins a situation that, on the surface, seems tumultuous: Florida had three offensive coordinators in Will Muschamp’s four years as head coach.
But the Gator offense wasn’t inconsistent in those four years. It was just consistently bad.
Wide receiver Brandon Powell explained to The Times-Picayune the hands-on approach McElwain is taking:
The head coach being around the offense a lot in practice is something we didn’t see too much of last year,” Powell said. “We had the players last year, but didn’t have the plays.”
McElwain showed an ability to get creative calling plays against an SEC defense. His final game at Alabama, the 2012 BCS Championship Game win over LSU, saw the Crimson Tide go directly at the Tigers’ Heisman finalist defensive back Tyrann Mathieu with tight ends.
Creative playcalling might be McElwain’s only recourse this season, with Florida lacking depth on the offensive line. The Gators won’t be able to rush effectively, and McElwain inherits quarterback issues that date back to the end of Tim Tebow’s time in Gainesville.
Wesley Sinor, AL.com
Amid rumors of a flip to SEC West rival Alabama, 5-star offensive line recruit Greg Little decommitted from Texas A&M on Monday.
Little, the Offensive Line MVP of The Opening last week in Oregon, told AL.com:
“I like Bama a lot,” he said. “They’re a good school and have a winning tradition. Nick Saban is like a legend. A lot of o-linemen go to Alabama so they must be doing something right.”