A rough first 11 hours of the week for FIU football.
Junior cornerback Richard Leonard, easily the premier member of the secondary and perhaps the whole defense, ran scout team drills during Monday's short practice. So did junior wide receiver Glenn Coleman, FIU's leading returning receiver as far as catches, yards and yards per catch. That doesn't bode well for their potential availability for Saturday's season opener against Maryland and, perhaps, the first four games of the season.
Leonard's listed at the bottom of the cornerbacks on the first depth chart of the season. Coleman's not listed among the top eight wide receivers.
"We're waiting to hear academically where they are," FIU coach Ron Turner said. "We should know in the next day or two."
Meanwhile, FIU's most celebrated walk-on transfer will never play a down at FIU. Running back Jakhari Gore is now a guest of the county corrections system at the Turner Guilford Knight Corrections Center after being booked just after midnight on charges of false imprisonment and robbery by sudden snatching. His bond is $5,000 on each charge.
Gore, a Columbus High graduate who sat out last year after transferring from LSU, wasn't going to play this year anyway -- academically deficient -- but he's been dismissed from the program.
"He is dismissed permanently from the team," FIU coach Ron Turner said after Monday morning's light practice. "It's a very disappointing situation. A guy who has gone through a lot of things...brought him back, gave him a second chance in training camp. Once training camp's over, once we get past the first game, the roster goes down a little bit (from 104 to 99). He probably would've been one of the guys not on it. He's got some things to take care of.
"It's extremely disappointing that anybody would do that," Turner continued. "We're still getting the culture where we want it. Obviously, we're not there yet. Bringing in the guys that do the things we want them to do or the guys who are currently on the team changing and doing the things we want them to do. There's a lot of guys who aren't here because they weren't willing to do that and there's some other guys who won't be here because they're not doing it to the level I want. It's unfortunate.
We're giving them a tremendous opportunity. The guys who were here when I got here? We're giving them plently of chances to do it the way we want it done. Some of them haven't."
Updating previous felony situations...former FIU linebacker Winston Fraser got a deferred prosecution/go-into-a-drug program deal on his one misdemeanor and four of his five felony counts of marijuana possession stemming from his July bust. No action was taken on the fifth count. Fraser should count himself fortunate.
Former FIU running back Kedrick Rhodes, who shot a few bullets into the air, has an Oct. 3 hearing date on the two misdemeanors and felony remaining from the gun incident that got him thrown off the team.