September 17, 2014

PG Willie Moore heading to the West Coast

Moore chooses Oregon

6-3 point guard Willie Moore of Cincinnati committed to Oregon Friday morning while on his official visit with the Ducks. Moore chose Oregon over USC. “It came as a bit of a surprise,” Moore’s AAU coach Corey Albertson said. “They sent him home with scholarship papers and his mother will sign them over the weekend.” Moore will not sign a letter of intent since he had previously signed one with Duquesne in November. Two factors worked in Oregon’s favor. A Ducks’ assistant coach previously coach at Cincinnati and knew Moore well, and Moore has a close friend on the Oregon football team.

6-6 Sheldon Jeter of Beaver Falls, PA announced Thursday night he will play his college basketball in the SEC. Jeter said he will sign with Vanderbilt. He chose the Commodores over SEC rival USC, home state Penn State and Wisconsin.

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Here are the statements from Swinney, Watkins and TDP

Dabo Swinney is not happy with Sammy Watkins (file photo)

Here is the official release from Clemson on the arrest of Sammy Watkins (along with a men’s soccer player) including statements from Watkins, Dabo Swinney and Terry Don Phillips.

The Details (as explained by Clemson SID):

Samuel B. Watkins IV, 18, a freshman communication studies major from Fort Myers, Fla., and member of the football team, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and simple possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.

Amadou-Tidiane Daniel Dia, 18, a freshman in parks, recreation and tourism management from Highlands Ranch, Colo., and member of the men’s soccer team, was charged with simple possession of marijuana.

The men were arrested when police stopped the car Watkins was driving after an officer saw it scrape against a curb on campus and because the temporary license tag was not illuminated. When the officer pulled the car over in a parking lot off Commons Court, he smelled marijuana. During a search he found marijuana and two pills for which Watkins did not have a prescription.

The men were arrested and taken to the Clemson City Jail. Watkins was released Friday morning on a $1,620 personal recognizance bond, and Dia was released on a $620 personal recognizance bond.

 Statement from Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney:

“I am aware of the arrest last night. I am mad and hurt by the poor decision that Sammy Watkins made. He is a good young man who has been a model student, citizen, player and teammate.

“This is a reminder that good people make poor decisions. But, there are consequences for your actions…and there will be in this case.

“I am in the process of gathering the facts and discipline will be determined when I have completed that process.”

Statement from Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins

“I made a mistake last night and I am truly sorry for my actions. I let the team down, the coaches down and this University down. I will learn from this. I will accept any discipline Coach Swinney and the University issues.” 

Statement from Clemson Athletic Director Dr. Terry Don Phillips

“I was made aware of the arrest of these two student-athletes early this morning. From a departmental standpoint I have been in consultation with both coaches today and will continue to over the next few days regarding this situation.”

Update: Sammy Watkins arrested for marijuana and pill possession

Sammy Watkins ran into trouble with police Friday morning

According to the police report, Clemson All-ACC wide receiver Sammy Watkins was arrested by University police early Friday morning and charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of two non- narcatic pills for which he did not have a prescription. 

Both charges are misdemeanors.

According to police, Watkins was pulled over after officers observed his car hit a curb.  After the stop the marijuana and pills were discovered. 

Watkins has been released from jail after posting a about 1600 dollars for a PR bond.

At this point Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has not commented on the arrest.

 

Report: Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins arrested

Sammy Watkins was booked by Clemson Police early Friday morning

Greenville television station WSPA is reporting Clemson star wide receiver Sammy Watkins was booked into a holding facility in Clemson early Friday morning.  The Clemson Police department confirmed Watkins arrest, but declined to release the cause for the detainment.

According to the WSPA story:

Chief Dixon would only confirm Clemson University Police booked Watkins into the city’s holding facility.

Since Dixon’s department didn’t make the arrest, Dixon wouldn’t confirm why Watkins was arrested and said any additional information would have to come from the Clemson University Police Department.

Clemson is expected to issue a statement on the arrest later this afternoon.  We will keep you posted on any other news as we get it. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@SportsTalkSC) and Facebook (Sports Talk Radio Network) for updates as well.