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Reports: A&M Freshman Footballer Manukainiu Killed In Car Accident

mrsec-breaking-newsTerrible news from the state of New Mexico today.  According to Texas A&M official and various media reports, freshman Aggie football player Polo Manukainiu was killed in a car accident overnight.

The 19-year-old Manukainiu was a passenger in an SUV that crashed outside of Cuba, New Mexico.  His 14-year-old brother and a former high school teammate (who was an incoming freshman at Utah) were also killed.  The other two passengers in the vehicle were injured in the accident as well.

Alcohol was not involved in the accident.

Quarterback Johnny Manziel tweeted the following this morning:




Manukainiu redshirted last season.  He was expected to compete for playing time along the A&M defensive line this fall.

Our thoughts go out to the family of those injured and lost as well as to the Texas A&M and Utah football programs.  Terrible news.

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Calipari Drops Curfew On Cats After Early Morning Car Wreck

Where were you at 2:30am this morning?

Kentucky basketball players Terrence Jones and Stacey Poole were involved in a car accident in Lexington at that time.  Both players received minor injuries when the SUV they were riding in was struck by a man eventually charged with DUI.

The players weren’t breaking a team rule by being out at 2:30am.  But that’s about to change according to John Calipari:

“Because of the actions of a select few, this team has showed me an inability to make proper judgment and decisions that they’ve been given the freedom to make.  Therefore, going forward, this team will now have a curfew for the rest of the season…

We hold our players to a higher standard at Kentucky.  They must learn that they’ve been placed in a leadership role and that every action defines this team, this state and its fans.  As always, any additional punishment will be handled within the team.”

A third, unidentified person was driving the SUV when it was hit by the alleged drunk driver.

UPDATEThere is some debate as to whether Jones — who’s still underage — was drinking at the time of the accident.

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