LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and teammate Joshua Johns were released on $5,000 bond each yesterday in connection with a bar fight that injured four people.
The two players turned themselves in after police in Baton Rouge, La., obtained arrest warrants on felony charges of second-degree battery, stemming from their alleged roles in a fight outside Shady’s Bar Aug. 19.
The players also have been suspended indefinitely by the school.
“This is not how I intended to spend my preseason,’’ said LSU coach Les Miles. “I wanted to spend it much more on football.’’
Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White said the evidence in the case would be forwarded to the East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney for review. He described the evidence as “numerous interviews of witnesses, including victims and players implicated in the incident . . . as well as video evidence of certain individuals, all of whom were present at the scene.’’
Jefferson, a starter, and Johns, a reserve linebacker, will miss fourth-ranked LSU’s season opener next Saturday against Oregon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They could miss many more games than that.
With Jefferson suspended, fellow senior Jarrett Lee is the likely starter against Oregon, with sophomore Zach Mettenberger, a junior college transfer, next in line.
Police also identified offensive lineman Chris Davenport and receiver Jarvis Landry as people of interest in the fight, but did not comment on their status yesterday.
Miami awaits ruling The fate of eight Miami players is now in the hands of the NCAA.
Hurricanes coach Al Golden said the university has asked the NCAA to decide the eligibility of a number of football players - eight, a person with knowledge of the process told the Associated Press - who are believed to have committed violations in dealings with former booster Nevin Shapiro.
Soon, those players deemed ineligible by the university will know when, or if, they will play for Miami this season. The NCAA’s decision is expected early next week, and some of Miami’s top players are implicated in the scandal, including quarterback Jacory Harris, linebacker Sean Spence, and receiver Travis Benjamin.
When a player is found to have committed a violation, that player must be declared ineligible by the university - a necessary step before the NCAA can decide if the athlete should be reinstated.
Sanctions could include sitting out games, having to repay any money accepted, or both. Miami has asked for an expedited ruling, a request the NCAA typically complies with.
Tulsa without star NCAA all-purpose yardage record-holder Damaris Johnson was suspended indefinitely by Tulsa after he was questioned by police following his girlfriend’s arrest on an embezzlement complaint. Johnson, a senior receiver/kick returner, was a second-team All-American last season. Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said Johnson is suspended from all team activities “pending a university review.’’ Police say Chamon Jones, who works at a Macy’s, is accused of selling more than $1,500 worth of merchandise to Johnson for just under $13 on one occasion. She also is accused of only charging him 34 cents for merchandise totaling $1,283. Tulsa opens its season next Saturday at No. 1 Oklahoma . . . Missouri State starting quarterback Trevor Wooden was suspended for one game for violating team rules. He will miss the opener at Arkansas next Saturday.