Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Football

2014 Five-Star Virginia Commit Taquan Mizzell Arrested During Campus Visit

+Read full article



Probably the stupidest thing you can do is get arrested while on an official visit to a school where you’ll soon be playing your college football career.

Virginia Cavaliers commit Taquan Mizzell apparently isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, as he’s done just that.

According to reports, Mizzell attempted to kick a moving car in Charlottesville, Virginia late on Saturday night– around 2:30 am to be exact– while on the backside of his official visit to Virginia — although he had previously committed to the Cavaliers and was making the visit as a formality.

Mizzell was arrested by Charlottesville police due to the incident and charged with underage possession of alcohol. Luckily for Mizzell, the incident will be handled in private, given that he has yet to sign a formal Letter of Intent with the Cavaliers — presumably preparing to do so sometime next month during the formal signing period.

It’ll be interesting to see how this incident affects Mizzell’s potential future in Charlottesville, given he is one of the highest-profile recruits the program has seen in some time, ranked by some recruiting websites as one of the top running backs in the country for the 2014 class — if not one of its best overall players.

Regardless, it’s troubling news for Virginia head coach Mike London who has been in Charlottesville since 2010, and is trying to get some footing in an ACC race that has largely passed him by.

At worst, the further recruitment of Mizzell could be in jeopardy, and at best it now appears as if London is willing to sacrifice good character for quality play on the field. No college football coach wants to willingly put himself in that type of situation — regardless of how badly they need to win.

It’s a bad precedent to set.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports. You can follow Kris on TwitterGoogle Plus and Facebook

Your Favorites
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Football Videos

There's No Longer Any Reason To Believe In UVA

Two weeks ago, the Virginia Cavaliers stood at 4-2, 2-0 in the ACC. Given how bad the rest of the Coastal Division seemed to be, there was optimism that UVA would at least finish above .500 on the season, perhaps make a bowl game, and if everything broke right, stay in contention for the Coastal Division title and a berth in the ACC Championship Game.

However, a 20-13 loss at Duke last week slowed that momentum, and Saturday’s 28-27 home loss to North Carolina not only ended any optimism, but it squarely turns the heat back up on head coach Mike London and his coaching staff.

Virginia wasn’t drastically outplayed today, and actually led the game 24-21 at halftime; however, as was the case for much of the second half — and several times over the last few years — a simple mistake cost the Cavaliers big time. With 1:17 to play and exiting a timeout, North Carolina lined up for a field goal that would have made it 31-27, leaving UVA at least a chance to win.

Instead, Virginia came out of the break with 12 men on the field. Carolina got a first down on the penalty and subsequently ran out the clock.

Such mistakes are the type you see when teams are led by rookie coaches, and while London is young, he isn’t a rookie. As fans streamed out of Scott Stadium in the final minute, with Virginia resigned to the type of befuddling loss that the Cavaliers seem to suffer at least twice a season, it became clear that this isn’t going to change.

The 8-5 season in 2011 was a mirage. Other than that, London is now 14-30 in Charlottesville. Despite his well-earned reputation as a top recruiter, he and his coaching staff either don’t use their talent properly, or don’t manage the fine points of the game that can cause a team to win or lose.

The penalty for too many men on the game’s most crucial play proves that the more things change, the more things they stay the same in Charlottesville. And with games left against Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech, finding a reason to believe is going to be difficult for Virginia fans moving forward — if they pay attention at all.

Ed Morgans is an ACC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @writered21 and add him to your network on Google.

Virginia football's failings can no longer be hidden after home loss to UNC.

Comment 0 Comments