Mar 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT
You may have read here on Sunday that Citadel quarterback Miguel Starks was arrested along with three others in connection with an armed home invasion robbery in Charleston, South Carolina. But what you may not know is that the victim was, wait for it … one of Starks’ assistant coaches. Yes, really. Would I kid about a thing like that? Former Citadel football player Reggie Rice and College of Charleston student Stephen Francois are also in custody, along with one female, for robbing Citadel assistant football coach Joshua Harpe at his home. Holy crap. Police sketch artist, you are dismissed. Not needed here.
Great line by Badjocks.com: We’re not saying that Citadel Quarterback Miguel Starks is stupid, but how did he expect to get away with robbing one of his own coaches, a man who could probably ID the football star by smell alone? Ha.
Check out this radio interview with Starks conducted in Sept. of last year, and try to picture this same personable, seemingly happy kid being involved in something like this. Virtually impossible. Excerpt:
“I’m an old-school type dude. I like old-school type quarterbacks like Warren Moon, and try to pattern myself after him. I guess Michael Vick is probably my favorite.”
Starks, a sophomore, was 47-of-76 for 435 yards and two touchdowns last season, and had 92 carries for 408 yards and four touchdowns; the second-highest rushing yards total on the team.
Rice, who was dismissed from The Citadel’s football team in 2008, and Starks were teammates at The Citadel. Starks and Francois played football and baseball together at Mundy’s Mill High School in the Atlanta area. A Charleston police affidavit describes Francois as Gaskins’ boyfriend.
Francis said a woman who knew the victim got him to open his garage door by saying she was having car trouble. Three men forced the victim back into the house at gunpoint, tied him up and took his wallet, electronic equipment and jewelry.
The victim freed himself, reported the robbery and described the suspects.
The school said Sunday it would not comment on the investigation, but released a statement from head football coach Kevin Higgins.
“Like the rest of The Citadel community we are shocked, angry and saddened by the alleged events involving Miguel Starks,” Higgins said. “Senseless does not begin to describe the situation. Miguel is an only child, loved and provided well for by his parents Michael and Sharon. He has many talents and football is just one of them.”
Starks was also an all-county baseball player in high school and has two cousins w2ho played professional sports: Rico Clark played for the Indianapolis Colts and Reggie Johnson played for the San Antonio Spurs.
Some are saying that Starks himself had NFL aspirations, but if the charges are true, that dream is gone. This one makes no sense.
Burglary victim is Citadel assistant football coach [The Post and Courier]
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