Florida hires Armstrong as DC to replace NFL-bound Toney Georgia star Jalen Carter charged with racing in fatal wreck Hall of Famer Ault among 3 joining CFP selection committee
GAINESVILLE, FL – Florida hired Austin Armstrong as a defense coordinator, poaching a member Nick Sabanemployees from Alabama who worked less than two months.
29-year-old Armstrong replaces Patrick Tonywho left Gainesville after one subpar season to become a defensive assistant with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.
Gators coach Billy Napier approached Armstrong to fill the position, making him the youngest defensive coordinator in Power Five football. Armstrong, who has spent the past two seasons as South Mississippi’s defensive coordinator, was Napier’s inside linebacker coach at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2020.
Armstrong will be asked to help refurbish the unit, which in 2022 was ranked 97th in the nation for overall defense.
The Southern Miss defense, known as the “Nasty Gang” during Armstrong’s tenure, finished sixth in the Sun Belt Conference and 45th in the nation in defensive scoring (23.5 ppg). The Golden Eagles were third nationally in losses (8.3), fifth in sacks (3.38), and seventh in steals (17).
Tony is one of three outfield assistants who have bailed out Napier in recent weeks and escaped to the NFL. Receiver Trainer Kiri Colbert left to take the same position with the Denver Broncos, and tight ends coach William Pigler He reportedly took a job with the Cardinals.
ATLANTA – Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carterconsidered one of the top picks in next month’s NFL Draft, has been charged with reckless driving and racing in connection with a crash that killed an offensive lineman. Devin Willock and recruiter.
The Athens-Clark County Police Department issued an arrest warrant, obtained Wednesday by the Associated Press, alleging that Carter raced his 2021 Jeep Trackhawk against a 2021 Ford Expedition driven by recruiter Chandler LeCroy, 24, who led to the crash site on January 15th.
According to Lt. Sean Barnett of the Athens-Clark County Police Department, Carter was scheduled to come to Indianapolis on Wednesday for an NFL reconnaissance meeting and is expected to review the arrest warrant when he returns to Athens.
“My understanding is that Mr. Carter is making arrangements to turn himself in,” Barnett said in an email to the AP.
Carter, one of six players who were not present Wednesday for scheduled media interviews at the mill, released a statement on his Twitter account saying he expects to be “fully exonerated for any criminal offenses.”
“I received a call this morning from the Athens, Georgia Police Department, informing me that two misdemeanor warrants were issued against me for reckless driving and racing,” Carter said. “This morning, numerous reports circulated in the media containing inaccurate information about the tragic events of January 15, 2023. I intend to return to Athens to answer the wrongdoing charges brought against me and to make sure that the full and exact truth is presented. I have no doubt that when all the facts are known, I will be fully acquitted of any criminal offenses.”
The accident came just hours after the Bulldogs celebrated their second straight national championship with a parade and ceremony, killing Lecroy and Willock.
Georgian coach Kirby Smart expressed concern about the allegations in a statement released Wednesday.
“The allegations announced today are deeply disturbing, especially as we are still grappling with the devastating loss of two beloved members of our community,” Smart said.
“We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities in supporting these families and assessing what we can learn from this terrible tragedy.”
According to the arrest warrant, an investigation by Athens police found that Lecroy and Carter were driving their cars “in a manner appropriate to racing” after they left downtown Athens at approximately 2:30 am.
The warrant says the evidence shows the cars changed lanes, drove into the center turn lane, drove into oncoming lanes, overtook other motorists and drove at high speed “in an apparent attempt to overtake each other.”
Police determined that shortly before the crash, Lecroy’s expedition was moving at about 104 miles per hour (167 kilometers per hour). The warrant states that Lecroy’s blood alcohol concentration at the time of the accident was 0.197. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08.
Willock, 20, died at the scene of the accident. Lecroy was taken to the hospital, where she died from her injuries.
Georgia linebacker Nolan Smith became emotional on Wednesday while talking about Willock at the Scouting Combine.
“This is the first time I’m talking about this,” Smith said. “This is my boyfriend. This is the only person who has never done anything wrong. I get sensitive just talking about it because I love him. He has never done anything wrong in his three years.”
Forward lineman Warren McClendon, who had just announced plans to enter the NFL Draft, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Georgia national football team member Victoria Bowles has been hospitalized with more serious injuries.
The Jan. 15 crash wasn’t the only recent incident in which a Georgia player was charged with racing and speeding. Midfielder Jamon Dumas-Johnsonthe second-highest tackler in 2022, was arrested on Feb. 22 on charges of reckless driving and racing.
According to Athens-Clark County prison records, Dumas-Johnson was released on February 23 after posting an aggregate bond of $4,000-$2,500 for alleged highway/street racing and $1,500 for alleged reckless driving.
Georgia Athletic Department officials said on January 28 that the car Lecray was driving was to be used for recruitment only and not for personal use.
IRVING, Texas. Hall of Famer Chris Ault of Nevada, Washington Athletic Director Jennifer Cohen and Miami, Ohio Athletic Director David Seiler will join the 13-member College Football Playoff selection committee next season.
The CFP on Wednesday announced three new members to replace Tim Berman’s Wyoming AD, Colorado AD. Rick George and former Penn State and NFL player John Urschel on a panel that selects the four teams that play in the national championship.
CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock also said AD of North Carolina Boo Corrigan will serve as chairman of the committee for one more season.
The new members will serve on the committee for three years.
The 2023 season will be the last in which the playoffs are played in a four-team format. The CFP will expand to 12 teams starting in the 2024 season.
Ault spent three different spells as Nevada’s coach from 1976 to 2012, going 234–108–1. He is credited with inventing the pistol offense, where the running back lines up behind the quarterback in a shotgun formation.
In 2002, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.