The fallout continues from two high school players in Texas viciously targeting and attacking a referee in a game last week.
After two John Jay High School players had already been ejected, two other players decided to get revenge on a referee, with one blindsiding him from behind while the other followed up by spearing the ref after he was on the ground.
If you aren’t aware of this story or haven’t seen the video yet, pause and take a look here while Mike Pereira argues that the high school’s season should be forfeited:
The two players have been suspended while the school district conducts an investigation of the incident, but that’s only the beginning.
According to a report, the referee wants to press charges against the players and an officials association hopes to end those kids’ football careers.
“The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again,” Wayne Elliott, secretary of the Austin Football Officials Association, said.
The referee who was attacked, Robert Watts, spoke to TexasHSFootball.com and said, “Libel and slander have already been committed against me. I will be contacting the appropriate people soon and any statement from me will come at a later date.”
Watts is lawyering up and preparing to take action. One person we have yet to hear extensively from — and we should very soon — is John Jay HS coach Gary Gutierrez, who needs to explain how this happened and if it was ordered up by any member of the coaching staff.
Stay tuned — this story is nowhere near being over.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
It’s Ohio State’s world and we’re just living in it. The Buckeyes won at Virginia Tech on Monday night, 42-24, and people are buzzing today because there are so many different storylines coming out of the game. As Bruce Feldman wrote after the game, the Buckeyes look untouchable in the regular season, as this was probably the best opportunity to give them trouble. I still want to see what Michigan State has to say about that, but yeah, Ohio State looked pretty damn tough. Everyone wanted to know who would start at quarterback, and that was Cardale Jones, but it doesn’t at all feel like we got resolution on that. As Marcus Hartman writes, there are still questions going into Week 2 about how Urban Meyer will use Jones and J.T. Barrett. You get the sense they’ll move forward with Jones, but he’s in no way locked into the starting job if he doesn’t remain sharp. As for Virginia Tech, we’ll see how the Hokies develop from here and compete in the ACC. They still have a nasty defense that should chew up most ACC offenses, but they’ll be without QB Michael Brewer for a while, who suffered a broken collarbone.
And then there was Braxton Miller. Holy cow. Miller played his first game ever at wide receiver/H-back and scored two touchdowns on pretty ridiculous plays. It was great to have Braxton back on the field and now it’s unfair how many weapons Ohio State has, Stewart Mandel writes. Miller said he was “making up for lost time” on opening night for the Buckeyes, Ben Axelrod writes. Miller made real life look like a video game, Travis Haney writes. The Buckeyes are even more loaded than we thought they were and now have four Heisman candidates, Pat Forde writes. Braxton made the difference in a game that was at one point in doubt, Bob Hunter writes.
The one highlight from Braxton’s night that you must see is his spin-move touchdown run. It’s incredible. (Refresh the page or click here if you don’t see it):
Charlie Strong ramps up the pressure at Texas. After the Longhorns were embarrassed at Notre Dame this past weekend, Strong said a lot in his press conference on Monday, with many of the pointed words directed at the offense.
“(Offensive struggles) cannot happen,” Strong said. “WE have some talented players there. You look at Johnathan Gray, he touched the ball eight times the other night. He’s a back that needs the ball. The ball needs to be fed to him anywhere from 15 to 20 to 25 times. We’ve just got to do a better job of spreading the ball around and making sure that the right guys get the touches.”
Strong also criticized the lack of tempo in the offense after the Longhorns said they were going to play faster. Texas will reevaluate quarterbacks Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard this week and make a decision about who starts Week 2. My guess is Swoopes starts again but we see more Heard this week, with the redshirt freshman eventually taking over the starting job at some point in the near future.
● Add star Pittsburgh running back James Conner to the list of guys who suffered season-ending injuries in Week 1. Brutal.
● It’s cool if you want to overreact to Texas A&M and Notre Dame after Week 1, writes Bill Connelly. Feldman covered Myles Garrett’s destruction of Arizona State in The Big Picture this week.
● It feels like everyone will still be talking about Ohio State today before moving onto Week 2 tomorrow, but Mandel got a jump on that by looking ahead to Oregon-Michigan State in this week’s Forward Pass.
Have a great Tuesday, everyone.
Teddy Mitrosilis works in social content development at FOX Sports Digital. Follow him on Twitter @TMitrosilis and email him at email@example.com.