Fresno State makes investment for future

July 16, 2013 

Fresno State’s Athletic Department will be making an investment in its primary revenue-driving sport, providing football coach Tim DeRuyter with a larger salary pool for assistants and other staff that in their first year together helped guide the Bulldogs to their first conference title since 1999.

The salary pool, Athletic Director Thomas Boeh confirmed, will increase to about $1.36million in the 2013-14 budget (up from $1.28million).

That will push Fresno State toward the upper one-third of the Mountain West Conference when it comes to paying offensive and defensive coordinators and its seven position coaches.

“What we’ve attempted to do is to maintain competitive compensation packages for the assistant coaches and so there will be in this next year $80,000 in additional compensation that Coach DeRuyter has the flexibility to divide amongst his staff,” Boeh said.

Raises went into effect July 1, with new contracts for the nine assistants — another significant change that provides some added stability. In 2012, the deals ran through the end of March. It is a reward for a group that installed new offensive and defensive schemes last offseason and proceeded to go 7-1 in Fresno State’s first season in the Mountain West Conference and 9-4 overall.

I think they’re very well deserving of it and I was really excited to see our administration recognize them,” DeRuyter said. “In Division I athletics, success is driven in a lot of ways, obviously by players, but also by coaches.

Manziel pleads guilty in bar fight case

At College Station, Texas, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor stemming from a 2012 bar fight near campus, closing a case that had dogged his Heisman Trophy-winning season.

Manziel admitted he failed to identify himself to police following the altercation. As part of a plea deal, other charges against the 20-year-old, including disorderly conduct, were dismissed.

Brazos County Attorney Rod Anderson says Manziel was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, about $230 in court costs and was credited with the overnight jail time he served following his arrest. He had faced up to 180 days in jail for the June 2012 incident.

Police said an officer on bike patrol had intervened to break up a fight between Manziel and Marvin McKinney just after 2 a.m. in a street in the Northgate entertainment district. McKinney told police that a friend of Manziel's had called him a racial slur.

He said Manziel shoved McKinney as he approached the two, and then they exchanged punches.

When officers asked Manziel for an ID, he produced a phony Louisiana driver's license that showed his birthday as Dec. 6, 1990.

Police checked Manziel's wallet and found two more ID cards — a fake Texas driver's license and Manziel's real driver's license that listed his date of birth as Dec. 6, 1992.

FIU dismisses top RB

FIU has dismissed running back Kedrick Rhodes from the team for a violation of team policy.

Rhodes was the Panthers' leading rusher last season with 714 yards and was slated to start this year as a senior.

The Miami Herald reported this weekend that Rhodes had been arrested for firing a gun on campus.

Washington tight end pleads guilty to DUI

Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of driving under the influence stemming from his arrest after crashing his car in March.

Seferian-Jenkins made the guilty plea in Seattle Municipal Court during what was supposed to be a pre-trial hearing on his case.

Seferian-Jenkins was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 363 suspended. Court records indicate Serferian-Jenkins is scheduled to serve his one day in jail on July 31. Washington begins fall camp on Aug. 5.

Louisiana schools chosen as co-Sun Belt Favorites

At New Orleans, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe have been voted co-favorites to win the Sun Belt Conference in the league's annual preseason coaches' poll.

Both programs went to bowl games last season. The Ragin' Cajuns won their second straight New Orleans Bowl, while the Warhawks lost to Ohio in the Independence Bowl.

Vanderbilt names players involved in scandal

Vanderbilt has identified the four players dismissed from the team for an incident last month that is being investigated by police as a possible sex crime.

Coach James Franklin released a statement Monday saying defensive back Brandon Banks, safety Cory Batey, receiver Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and tight end Brandon Vandenburg are no longer on the roster after violating team rules.

Vanderbilt dismissed the players June 29 and kicked them off campus for an incident being investigated by the Metro Nashville Police Department's sex crimes unit, but university officials had not identified them.

Roadrunners suspend Ritter

Texas-San Antonio has indefinitely suspended defensive end Will Ritter from all team activities.

The school announced the suspension Monday.

Ritter was reportedly arrested for being involved in a fight outside a bar in Austin last weekend.

Ritter had 3½ sacks last year as a junior and was expected to be a regular on the defensive line for the Roadrunners this season, the team's first in Conference USA.

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