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San Diego head coach Lamont Smith no longer facing domestic violence charges

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Less than two weeks after San Diego head coach Lamont Smith was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, it was reported Tuesday night that the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office has decided to not charge Smith with a crime.

On February 25, Smith was arrested at Oakland International Airport on suspicion of domestic violence, assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury and false imprisonment. According to ABC 10 News in San Diego, Smith was involved in an alleged incident with a woman at the team hotel the night prior to the team’s return flight after winning a game at San Francisco.

Per reports the woman, who was taken to an area hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries, told police officers that she was intimately involved with Smith. Following the arrest, San Diego announced that Smith was being placed on administrative leave and assistant Sam Scholl would serve as acting head coach for the remainder of the season.

According to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura, the school released a statement Tuesday saying that Smith’s status has not changed and Scholl will continue to serve as acting head coach.

With Scholl at the helm, San Diego lost to BYU in the quarterfinals of the WCC tournament. The Toreros have an overall record of 18-13, and it will learn its postseason fate (NIT, CIT, CBI or no postseason) on Sunday.

Report: Minnesota center Reggie Lynch facing 3rd sexual assault allegation

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Suspended from competition by the University of Minnesota after it was ruled by the school’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action that he was responsible for sexual misconduct in an alleged sexual assault that occurred last April, center Reggie Lynch has been allowed to rejoin the team for practices.

Tuesday afternoon the Minneapolis Star-Tribune released another report on Lynch’s case, with expulsion having been recommended on the heels of a third alleged victim coming forward and accusing the senior with sexual assault. Lynch is currently appealing the ruling regarding the first alleged incident that was handed down by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, which included suspending Lynch from school and banning him from campus until August 2020.

Lynch’s appeal of that ruling will be heard by the Minnesota Sexual Misconduct Subcommittee. Lynch, who was in his first school year on campus after transferring from Illinois State, would go on to be involved in another incident in May 2016.

Lynch was not charged by law enforcement authorities in either incident, with the athletic department suspending him during the offseason but reinstating him in September 2016 after what was believed to be the second incident.

With Tuesday’s report by the Star-Tribune, Lynch is now alleged to be involved in three such incidents in the months of April and May 2016 as opposed to the two that were reported on last week.

Former St. John’s star Rysheed Jordan charged in shooting

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) A former NBA D-League player who starred at St. John’s University is charged in Philadelphia with attempted murder, robbery and other counts after police say he shot another man during a robbery attempt.

Police say 22-year-old Rysheed Jordan and two other suspects met three other men on May 27 in the city for a deal involving a cellphone. They say Jordan shot one man in the arm after he and the other suspects tried to rob them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Jordan was arrested early Wednesday after police say he ran from a traffic stop and tried to throw a loaded gun with a desecrated serial number over a fence.

Jordan played two years at St. John’s and was released by the 76ers’ D-League team in January after 11 games.

Information from: WPVI-TV,

Former UConn commit Brown arrested on robbery charges

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As one of the top prospects in the Class of 2017, 7-foot-1 center Zach Brown was a player on the receiving end of interest and offers from many of the top programs in the country. But now his future is in doubt, as the Miami, Florida native has run into serious legal trouble.

As first reported by CBS Miami, Brown was arrested Saturday night on charges of robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card, with the charges resulting in a bail of $25,000. In total there were two counts of robbery by sudden snatching, one count of armed robbery and one count of fraudulent use of a credit card totaling more than $100.

Brown originally committed to UConn in mid-January, and then transferred from Miami Beach HS to Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut shortly after making that decision. However his time at PSA was brief, as Brown left the school after getting into an altercation with a player following a game in mid-February. Less than three months later Brown’s pledge to UConn was no more, as the two parties went their separate ways.

J.T. Wilcox of CBS Miami touched on Brown’s childhood in his story on the center’s recent arrest:

Brown, who’s said to have converted to Judaism – the religion of his legal guardian, has had a tumultuous past. The youngest of five, Brown grew up with his biological mother in Liberty City and spent time bouncing around in various foster care programs before he began living with (legal guardian Michael) Lipman.

In what has been a tough upbringing, Saturday’s news is a sad turn in the life of Zach Brown.

Prosecutor: Case against Illinois’ Jaylon Tate dropped

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate after concluding there was not enough evidence to convict him.

Tate was arrested in March on suspicion of striking a woman. He pleaded not guilty.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Thursday that witnesses who were at a party with Tate and the alleged victim were going to testify that they did not see the two interact and saw her leave without injuries.

Tate is a 21-year-old junior. He was suspended from the team after his arrest.

He is one of three Illinois players arrested this spring. Leron Black was placed on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault. Kendrick Nunn on Wednesday was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery.

Illinois’ Leron Black gets probation for threatening bouncer

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) Illinois basketball player Leron Black has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault after threatening a bouncer at a campus bar and has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Thursday plea that Black was a candidate for probation because he took responsibility for the crime and had no prior record. The 20-year-old Black avoided jail time and the felony assault charge he faced after his Feb. 19 arrest.

Coach John Groce suspended Black after the arrest. A team spokesman did not immediately respond to a question about Black’s status.

Black is one of three Illini players arrested this year.

Juniors Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn have both pleaded not guilty to domestic assault charges stemming from separate incidents in March.