Mar 12, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT
Redlands East Valley High School quarterback Tyler Shreve will have an interesting bio section in the University of Utah press guide next season, should he make the team. His “personal” paragraph might read something like this: “After being told that he was being kicked off the baseball team for being disrespectful to his coaches, responded to the news by tackling and pummeling the head coach. This happened in front of his parents, and the school principal.”
But don’t worry, Utes fans! As of today, Shreve’s football scholarship is still intact.
Shreve, 18, of Redlands, Calif., didn’t waste much time alienating his baseball coaches, apparently. He was dismissed from the team on Feb. 24 for being disrespectful to his coaches, and missing some classes. During a meeting with head baseball coach James Cordes, Shreve, his parents and the school principal, Shreve was told that he was being dismissed from the team, and reacted how anyone would. He pounced on Cordes and wrestled him to the ground. From ESPN Rise:
Shreve, a 6-foot-4 pitcher and starting quarterback, was expelled last Thursday and was formally charged with misdemeanor battery on a school official Friday, according to Susan Mickey, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office.
“When it all happened I was just going off pure emotion because something like this has never happened to me before,” Shreve said. “Everything’s still on track right now. Utah’s been there for me. They’ve helped me throughout this whole thing. “[Whittingham] made some other phone calls to make sure what I told him was true and it was true. They’ve totally stood by me and had my back.”
“I was just distraught and my dad reassured me that everything was going to be OK,” Shreve said of his mindset after the incident. “We talked to Utah, and then the scouts started calling me and telling me that they were still going to be on me and look at me. So, right now I feel pretty good about where I stand. Obviously, it wasn’t as good as it was a month ago, but I do feel really bad about what happened and it’s a tragedy that it all had to turn out like that.”
Yessir. Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham does not think a little thing like criminal battery on your high school coach in front of your parents should automatically preclude you from joining his squad.
“We plan to wait until the legal process has run its course before we make a decision on Tyler,” Whittingham said in a statement.
Meanwhile, a bit to the west, Oregon’s Chip Kelly is watching with interest. I hear that he’s going to need a quarterback.
Shreve will be arraigned May 13 in San Bernardino, Calif., and if convicted could face a $2,000 fine and up to one year in county jail. Um, that won’t be in the bio.
Utah recruit charged with battering coach [ESPN Rise]
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