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Old May 10, 2017, 07:00 AM   #1
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May 24th update-
BREAKING: #Illini football coach Lovie Smith has kicked Zarrian Holcombe, Darta Lee and Howard Watkins off the team, all three still in jail
https://twitter.com/WCIA3Bret/status/867501192750010368



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Change that OL depth chart....

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/loc...-arrested.html
http://bookings.news-gazette.com/bookings/17770

Last edited by Dan; May 24, 2017 at 04:06 PM. Reason: Added updates
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Old May 10, 2017, 07:05 AM   #2
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Oh my.
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Old May 10, 2017, 07:06 AM   #3
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Not ideal.
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Old May 10, 2017, 07:53 AM   #4
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Good Lord
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Old May 10, 2017, 09:15 AM   #5
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Was Lee highly regarded when he came to Illinois?
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Old May 10, 2017, 09:28 AM   #6
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Was Lee highly regarded when he came to Illinois?
Not really but the staff thought enough of him to start him in the opener against Murray State. Quite unusual for a true Freshman to start as an OL.

According to his bio he was the first Illini true freshman offensive lineman to start in an opener in 20 years.

http://www.fightingillini.com/roster...&path=football

He only started one other game during the season so that should give you an idea of how he did.
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Old May 10, 2017, 09:56 AM   #7
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Who knows what spurred this or what it actually was, but this young man just threw away likely one of the best things that ever happened to him. Whatever the problem was, son, that's not how you solve it.
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Old May 10, 2017, 10:09 AM   #8
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UPDATE: #Illini football player Zarrian Holcombe also arrested

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/loc...-arrested.html
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Old May 10, 2017, 10:27 AM   #9
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Ugh. Not Holcombe too.
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Old May 10, 2017, 10:28 AM   #10
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I just don't get it. God given talent with the ability to play football at the Big10 level and also a free education at a world class university... I know all the facts haven't been released but doesn't look good for them. What a waste!
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Old May 10, 2017, 10:42 AM   #11
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Watkins also.

https://twitter.com/WCIA3Bret/status/862346668427157505
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Old May 10, 2017, 10:51 AM   #12
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What a stupid thing to do.

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Old May 10, 2017, 11:06 AM   #13
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Good Grief.....
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Old May 10, 2017, 11:14 AM   #14
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Dumb, dumb, dumb.
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Old May 10, 2017, 11:15 AM   #15
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Old May 10, 2017, 11:48 AM   #16
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Of course it has made it to ESPN already.

OK, and this, two of them live in Bromley Hall, and the incident took place in Bromley. Really? What kind of insanity is this? They break into a room, with gun(s), to steal from someone in the same dorm where they live? That's nuts.

I'm just flabbergasted. What was there to gain? With so much to lose...
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Old May 10, 2017, 11:50 AM   #17
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Of course it has made it to ESPN already.

OK, and this, two of them live in Bromley Hall, and the incident took place in Bromley. Really? What kind of insanity is this? They break into a room, with gun(s), to steal from someone in the same dorm where they live? That's nuts.

I'm just flabbergasted. What was there to gain? With so much to lose...

This just sickens me to my core .
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Old May 10, 2017, 12:21 PM   #18
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Watkins only enrolled in January! So he got as far as spring ball before throwing away his opportunity...

I'm all for innocent until proven guilty in the criminal world - but when it comes to sports scholarships, you get arrested for armed robbery, you pack your bags...
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Old May 10, 2017, 12:32 PM   #19
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http://www.news-gazette.com/news/loc...all-players.ht

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If it turns out not to be a real gun, chances are the trio would be charged with the less serious aggravated robbery. Home invasion, however, is a Class X felony carrying penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison upon conviction.
They should be kicked off the team for being so incredibly stupid, if nothing else. I mean wow. At least don't take your mask off.
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Old May 10, 2017, 12:33 PM   #20
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Watkins only enrolled in January! So he got as far as spring ball before throwing away his opportunity...

I'm all for innocent until proven guilty in the criminal world - but when it comes to sports scholarships, you get arrested for armed robbery, you pack your bags...
There's always the chance that these guys may not be guilty, and are being falsely accused. So being arrested by itself is a conviction. I think we have to, as they say, let it play out. I think that's all that the athletic department should say right now.
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Old May 10, 2017, 12:34 PM   #21
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Reading the account of the invasion, I would guess these guys wouldn't have scored very high on the Wunderlich test at the combine.

SMH...

Dumb move, fellas.
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Old May 10, 2017, 12:36 PM   #22
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Old May 10, 2017, 01:02 PM   #23
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Apparently the victim recognized one of their voices and then he took his mask off and tried to make light of the situation.....good Lord


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Old May 10, 2017, 01:02 PM   #24
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Behrens tweeting that Holcombe and Lee were already previously suspended for breaking team rules.

No clue if that's new info or not. Watkins is now suspended as well.
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Old May 10, 2017, 01:19 PM   #25
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more scholarships ready to be given out now...
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