Less than two weeks from the start of the Spiders’ football season, the University of Richmond yesterday accepted the resignation of head coach Latrell Scott after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, school officials said.
Athletic director Jim Miller said Scott called him in the morning after his arrest yesterday, and the second-year coach later tendered his resignation. Meetings were held throughout the day and the decision was made to accept the letter, Miller said.
Offensive coordinator Wayne Lineburg will serve as interim head coach for the season, Miller said. The Spiders open at Duke a week from Saturday.
“It’s tough,’’ Miller said in a telephone interview. “It’s obviously tougher on Latrell. It’s a difficult situation for him, for sure.’’
An arrest warrant for Scott said it was his second DWI offense within a 5-10 year period, according to the Henrico County courts website. Miller told reporters he knew of the prior arrest and there was an understanding when Scott was hired that another such arrest would not be acceptable.
The change comes as Scott was preparing for his second season. A former assistant at Richmond and at Virginia and Tennessee, Scott was hired in December 2009. Then 34, Scott became one of the youngest head coaches in the country.
UMass plays at Richmond Oct. 29.
Seastrunk to Baylor Former Oregon running back Lache Seastrunk is transferring to Baylor. The school said Seastrunk signed a financial aid contract and will enroll and join the football team. Seastrunk was connected to the probe into Oregon’s use of a Texas-based prep scouting service. The Ducks granted him his unconditional release last weekend . . . Dayne Crist has regained his role as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback, surviving a second knee surgery, arduous rehab, and a strong challenge from Tommy Rees during a close competition for one of college football’s marquee positions.
Miss. QB arrested Mississippi’s quarterback competition has been settled, though the circumstances that led to coach Houston Nutt’s decision certainly aren’t what he had in mind. Nutt announced sophomore Barry Brunetti will start the season opener against BYU Sept. 3 following junior Randall Mackey’s arrest for disorderly conduct after a fight at a downtown Oxford bar early yesterday morning. Nutt said Mackey would be suspended for the BYU game . . . LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three teammates met with police for several hours yesterday to discuss a bar fight in Baton Rouge that allegedly involved all four players. There have been no arrests and no charges have been filed.
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