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Missouri Southern assistant shot and killed outside movie theater

Missouri Southern State offensive line coach Derek Moore was shot and killed Friday night outside of a movie theater in Joplin, Mo.

Missouri Southern State offensive line coach Derek MooreMoore was in his first season at Missouri Southern. He came to MSSU this year after coaching for three seasons at Western Illinois. He had coached collegiate football for 14 seasons.

“Derek was new to Missouri Southern but he was embraced by our campus and community,” Lions coach Daryl Daye said in a statement. “He was a very likable person who always had a smile on his face and made friends easily with our staff and players. This is an unspeakable loss for the MSSU athletics family.”

The shooting occurred during Missouri Southern State’s homecoming weekend. The school cancelled the remaining homecoming activities and postponed Saturday’s game against Lindenwood.

“We are stunned and deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and our prayers are with Derek’s family,” Missouri State Interim president Alan Marble said in a statement. “We are ensuring that our employees and students have the emotional support they need during this difficult time.”

The 37-year-old Moore was shot as he was leaving the Northstar 14 Theaters at approximately 9:50 p.m.. He was taken to a hospital where he later died. Police say that a 39-year-old suspect has been arrested and is in custody.

The suspect was identified as Jeffery L. Bruner, 39, of Joplin, according to The Joplin Globe. There were no details as to what led to the shooting.

Moore is survived by a 7-year-old son.

Photo: Western Illinois Athletics

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Georgia WR Justin Scott-Wesley arrested on marijuana charge

It’s been a rough year for Georgia’s Justin Scott-Wesley.

Georgia wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (Photo: Donn Rodenroth, Macon Telegraph)The redshirt sophomore wide receiver’s season ended earlier this year with a torn ACL, and now he’ll have to deal with a self-inflicted issue.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Scott-Wesley turned himself in on an arrest warrant Thursday afternoon. He cited the night before for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession/use of a drug object.

The citation was issued by a university police officer who responded to a call reporting the odor of marijuana coming from a dorm room.

Scott-Wesley reportedly consented to search his room and glass pipe and marijuana “grinder” were located in a desk drawer. No significant quantities of marijuana were found but the residue in the grinder resulted in the possession charges, according to the report.

“I’m disappointed in the news about Justin,” Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “We will discipline him according to our policy. We will also educate him, provide him counsel so he can learn from this, and be able to move forward in a very positive direction. I’m confident he will respond properly to the correction process.”

At the time of his injury, Scott-Wesley was second on the team with 16 receptions for 311 yards.

Photo credit: Donn Rodenroth, Macon Telegraph

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Longtime assistant Bill Young joins the Wyoming staff

Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young has joined the Wyoming staff. (Photo: Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman)Three days after announcing that defensive coordinator Chris Tormey had been let go, Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen announced the addition of longtime defensive assistant Bill Young to the Cowboys’ staff.

Young, who was defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State until January, will serve in a defensive quality control role.

According to a press release, Young will earn $12,000 and will be provided lodging and a courtesy car through the end of the 2013 season.

“I am extremely excited to have Bill Young join our program,” Christensen said in a statement. “I believe he will be a valuable asset to our staff as we prepare for the stretch run this season.

“I have coached against Bill, and I know first hand what an outstanding defensive coach he has been over his career.”

Christensen said that Younng will be involved “in assisting our coaches in analyzing opponents and making suggestions” as the staff develops game plans.

In addition to his stint with the Cowboys, Young’s 37-year coaching career has included stops as a coordinator at Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Kansas and Miami (Fla.).

Photo credit: Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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Another LSU freshman DB suspended after an arrest

Last week, LSU freshman defensive back Jeryl Brazil was suspended following an arrest on a battery charge.

Kavahra HolmesNow, another Tigers freshman DB has been suspended after being arrested on — you guessed it — a battery charge.

Reserve cornerback Kavahra Holmes was arrested last week following an on-campus incident.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Witnesses told police Holmes, 19, pushed two victims to the ground after a verbal altercation turned physical at the ’5′ dining hall near West Campus Apartments on Oct. 22, LSU police public information officer Capt. Cory Lalonde said. One of the victims did not wish to pursue charges, but both the victims and a witness identified Holmes as the person who pushed the victims to the ground, Lalonde said.

Les Miles said Thursday that Holmes has been suspended indefinitely from the football team.

A 3-star member of LSU’s 2012 recruiting class, has played in just one game this season.

Photo credit: LSU Athletics

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