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Aaron Hernandez, Mike & Maurkice Pouncey Questioned About Gainesville Shooting In 2007

gfx - they said itArrested for one murder and under investigation for a separate double murder, former University of Florida football player Aaron Hernandez’ history of behavior is coming under increased scrutiny.  Last weekend, Mike Bianchi in the Orlando Sentinel pointed out that Hernandez, along with three other Gator players, were questioned about a shooting in Gainesville back in 2007.  None of the players were arrested.

Now the Gaineville Sun is fleshing out some details behind that investigation into the shooting back in September of that year.  A man walked up a car and fired several shots with handgun – shooting one man in the arm and another man in the head.  The men were able to drive themselves to the hospital.  Gainesville police officer Ben Tobias:


“Hernandez’s name came up once in the report and he was questioned very briefly. Anytime we have an incident like that, we investigate and follow any lead whatsoever. We got his name as being in the area of that club, so we questioned him.”


Also questioned in the case was former Florida player Reggie Nelson, playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars at the time.  and several Florida players that police did not identify at the time.  Here’s how State Attorney Bill Cervone remembers it.


“My memory is that GPD was having a lot of trouble getting cooperation from the Pouncey twins (Mike and Maurkice)  in terms of coming down and talking to them. Sooner or later they got their hands on the Pounceys. I never remember hearing Hernandez’s name, or Reggie Nelson. But if they got their hands on them and talked to them, they weren’t hot and bothered by them.”


Mike Pouncey currently plays for the Miami Dolphins.  Twin brother Maurkice plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. No one was ever charged in the shooting and it remains an open case.

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What Next, Tennessee?

Dave Hart and Tennessee’s biggest boosters need to walk into a Knoxville meeting room, drop the cones of silence from the ceiling, and relax.  While Vol fans scream, national writers and rival fans throw barbs, and mid-level donors set their hair on fire outside… Hart and UT’s leaders should remain calm.

The absolute worst move Tennessee could make right now would be to panic and rush a hire.  That’s what everyone says they need to do and it’s what we at believe they will do — based on the school’s past history — but it’s the last thing they should do.

As we’ve said before, searches are almost always viewed as total failures right up until a coach is hired.  Example: Bret Bielema to Arkansas.  Bielema had grown tired of simply being Barry Alvarez’s replacement.  Razorback AD Jeff Long properly gauged this and grabbed Wisconsin’s coach out of thin air.  Presto!  Long went from being a buffoon to a genius in Hog fans’ eyes in the span of about two minutes.

If Tennessee found that Nebraska’s Bo Pelini, for example, was tired of living in Tom Osborne’s shadow and could grab him, don’t you think UT’s search would be viewed in a bit different light?  Instead of hiring a man from Louisville with three years of experience, they’d be swiping a coach from one of the winningest programs in the country who happens to have more head coaching experience and an SEC pedigree from his days at LSU.  Oh, and as a head coach he’s never won fewer than nine games in a season.

Pelini makes $2.7 in Lincoln.  If Tennessee offered him $4 million, would NU match it?

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Report: Matt Jones Retires

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Former Arkansas quarterback and NFL receiver Matt Jones declined to tryout for the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, telling the team he had opted to retire, according to a report on

Jones, 27, was cut from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad in September and hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2008 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was suspended for the final four games of that season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, stemming from an arrest in Fayetteville for cocaine possession.

That year Jones had the best season of his short NFL career, catching 65 passes for 761 yards and 2 touchdowns in 12 games.

Jones was a first-round receiver selection by the Jaguars in 2005. In four years with the franchise he caught 166 passes for 2,163 yards and 15 touchdowns.

At Arkansas, Jones was a record-setting quarterback. He is the school’s career leader with 8,392 yards of total offense and 77 touchdowns.

He finished his Arkansas career with 2,535 rushing yards – an SEC record for quarterbacks at the time.

For more visit You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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