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Troy defensive end found dead near a Mississippi highway

Troy defensive end Jadarius Garner was found dead near his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss. on Thursday.

Troy defensive end Jadarius Garner died in a car accident Thursday near his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss. (Photo: Troy Football)

Officers were called Thursday morning to what was reported as a two-car accident near Clarksdale, but that was not the case.

According to the Dothan Eagle:

A report from the Mississippi Highway Patrol said Mississippi State Troopers, county deputies and rescue officials responded to what they thought was a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 61.

When they arrived around 2:30 a.m., they found the body of a pedestrian in the southbound lane. At least two vehicles had “traveled” over the body.

A cause of death has not been determined and Garner’s body was sent to Jackson, Miss., for further evaluation.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to Jadarius’ family in this time of grief,” Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said in a statement.

“Jadarius was a well-respected member of our football team and his loss will be felt by all of us.”

He was 20 years old.

A transfer from Jones (Miss.) Community College prior to the 2012 season, he appeared in all 12 games this season.

Garner was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Trojans’ Sept. 7 win over Savannah State. He led the with six tackles, five color tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.

He finished the season with seven tackles for loss and three sacks.

On Wednesday, Taylor Driggers, a Troy signee from February of 2013, was charged with manslaughter in connection with a shooting death of a Troy student.

Driggers was charged in Crensaw County, Ala. following the death of 18-year-old Kristin Fuller. Per the Eagle, Troy said that Driggers was expected to join the football team this semester or in the summer.

In December, Trojans walk-on Dimitri Miles was charged with murder in the death of Troy resident Marquise McClendon.

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Troy linebacker arrested on murder charge

A member of the Troy football team has been charged with murder following a shooting that occurred Sunday morning.

Troy linebacker Dimitri Miles faces a murder charge. (Photo: Troy Police Department)Dimitri Miles was arrested late Sunday afternoon and charged in the shooting death of Marquise Jermaine McLendon, 26, of Troy.

Mies was a walk-on linebacker on the Troy football team. The Lafayette, Ga. started seven games in 2012, but was ruled academically ineligible this season. He had been practicing as a member of the Trojans scout team.

Police allege that Miles shot McLendon a little before 8 a.m. local time Sunday morning. McLendon was transported to a local hospital after his body was discovered in an apartment complex, and subsequently died as a result of the gunshot wounds.

“First and foremost, anytime there is a loss of life it is tragic event and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family,” Troy athletic director John Hartwell said in a statement. “Dimitri Miles was a walk-on student-athlete on our football team who was academically ineligible to compete in competition this past season, but practiced as a member of the scout team. His association with our football team and the Troy Athletic Department has been terminated as a result of these charges which are associated with an incident that occurred off campus.”

As of Monday morning, Miles was being held on a $100,000 bond in the Pike County Jail.

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UAB loses six commitments in a single weekend

UAB head coach Garrick McGee had a rough weekend. (Photo: Butch Dill/AP)

UAB head coach Garrick McGee had a rough weekend. (Photo: Butch Dill/AP)

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]o matter how bad it may have seemed, chances are your had a better weekend than Garrick McGee.

The UAB coach saw an astonishing six Blazers verbal commitments change their allegiance to other schools.

That’s not a typo. UAB had six commits flip to other schools in the 48 hour period between Sunday-Monday.

Three of the recruits were from Birmingham, the school’s hometown. One of them had been committed since July, two others since September.

When the sun came up Tuesday morning, the Blazers were left with just 15 commitments and a coaching staff that had to be scratching their heads.

It’s hard to imagine losing nearly one third of a recruiting class with just over a week left until signing day, but that’s exactly the situation that McGee and the Blazer staff face. (UAB did sign two recruits in December that have already enrolled.)

The Blazers lost three assistants this off season, and that certainly played a role in this weekend’s defections.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm left to work for his college head coach and mentor Bobby Petrino at Western Kentucky, while recruiting coordinator Tyson Helton joined Tommy Tuberville’s staff at Cincinnati. Receivers coach Ron Sigler resigned after the season. (One of the recruits, defensive end Kalvin Robinson of Vestavia, Ala., switched to Brohm’s new school.)

McGee promoted tight ends coach Richard Owens to offensive coordinator and brought in Arkansas graduate assistant Joseph Henry to take over the role of tight ends coach. There is still one staff spot open.

Though it’s hard to judge whether the sudden rash of decommitments is a sign of a program in turmoil or merely a function of bad timing and the general wackiness that has been the 2013 recruiting cycle, it’s clear that the staff turnover done damage.

With time quickly running out, McGee and company have to hope their luck takes a turn for the better. After last weekend, it certainly can’t get any worse.

UAB Weekend Decommits

[colored_box color="grey"]Jamaris Hart (2-star DB, Florence, Ala.) – Committed since Sept., flipped to Arkansas State
T.J. Green (2-star ATH/KR, Sylacauga, Ala.) – Committed since Oct., flipped to Clemson
Trey Lamastus (2-star C/DS, Monroe, La.) – Committed since Dec., flipped to ULM
Julius McCall (2-star RB/ATH, Chelsea, Ala.) – Committed since July, flipped to Troy
Nick Mullens (2-star QB, Hoover, Ala.) – Committed since Dec., flipped to Southern Miss
Kalvin Robinson (2-star DE, Vestavia, Ala.) – Committed since Sept., flipped to WKU[/colored_box]

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The Coaching Wire: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Last update: 12:22 pm EST

  • NevadaScottie Hazelton has accepted the defensive coordinator job on Brian Polian’s Nevada staff. Hazleton coached linebackers at USC in 2012 and was defensive coordinator on North Dakota State’s 2011 NCAA FCS national championship. Hazelton spent five years (2007-11) at North Dakota State and also served as graduate assistant there in 2000-01.  He began his coaching career at Fort Lewis College, where he also played linebacker, handling the secondary for 4 years (1996-99), followed by two seasons as defensive backs coach at St. Olaf College for 2 seasons (2002-03), two seasons as co-defensive coordinator at Missouri Southern State (2004-05), and one season as linebackers coach at Michigan Tech (2006).
  • Auburn: Former Arkansas State coach David Gunn has accepted an off the field position at Auburn. Gunn spent 11 years at Arkansas State. During his first 10 seasons, Gunn coached running backs before moving to cornerbacks coach on Gus Malzahn’s staff last season. He also served as the Red Wolves’ Director of Player Development in 2011.
  • TCU: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that TCU expects to hire Kansas linebackers coach DeMontie Cross in the same position. Cross, who played free safety at Missouri, coached outside linebacker at his alma mater from 1998 to 1999. In 2000, he served as the defensive backfield coach at Sam Houston State, and coached outside linebackers and special teams at Iowa State from 2001-2005, he was outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator of the Iowa State Cyclones. Cross coached for the Buffalo Bills from 2006-2009.
  • Gardner-Webb: Gardner-Webb head coach Ron Dickerson, Jr. has resigned after just two seasons. Dickerson had an overall record of 7-15 and 4-8 in the Big South Conference. The Runnin’ Bulldogs finished 3-8 overall and 2-4 in the conference this past season.
  • Troy: Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County High offensive coordinator Jim Dye has accepted the offensive line job at Troy. [ Read More ]
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Troy: Jim Dye accepts OL job

Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County High offensive coordinator Jim Dye has accepted the offensive line coach position at Troy.

This will be Dye’s second stint with the Trojans. He was part of Larry Blakeney’s staff from 1993-2002.

Dye, who is the nephew of former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, has been offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Burke County High in Waynesboro, Ga. since 2006.

Last season, the Bears averaged 39 points per game and finished 12-2. In 2011, Burke County went 14-1 and won the AAA State Championship averaging 45 points per game.

Dye was a walk-on at Georgia before transferring to Georgia Southern. He was as a student assistant there in 1984 and during the Eagles’ national championship in 1985, and served as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 1986-87.

Following his stint at Auburn, Dye became head coach at Hephzibah High School (1988-89) then moved to the college ranks, coaching at Valdosta State (1990-91) and East Tennessee State (1992) before his first stint at Troy (1993-2002).

Prior to his arrival at Burke County, Dye coached at Rutland High School (2003-04) and Mary Persons High School (2005).

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Landry hired as Troy cornerbacks coach

Dustin Landry has been named cornerbacks coach at Troy.

Landry spent last season as defensive coordinator at Navarro College, a Corsicana, Tex. junior college. At Navarro, Landry’s defense finished the year 13th in the NJCAA allowing just 256.3 years per game. The Bulldogs finished 10-2 on the year and ranked No. 4 in the nation.

Landry spent the four years prior to that with Gene Chizik and Wayne Bolt at Iowa State and Auburn as a graduate assistant and quality control specialist. He began as defensive graduate assistant at Iowa State in 2008, then moved to Auburn as GA coaching linebackers (2009), the secondary (2010) and the nickel and dime packages (2011).

“I’ve had the opportunity to coach with Dustin for four of the past five years and he is one of bright young coaches in this profession,” Troy defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt said. “He has learned from some of the top defensive coaches in the country and is a true student of the game.”

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