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Was it more than horsing around?

Defensive end Adewale Ojomo had surgery Tuesday morning for what The Miami Herald learned late Monday night was a broken jaw. UM coach Randy Shannon, who has not disclosed the injury, reiterated after this morning's practice that the 6-4, 253-pound sophomore was hurt "horsing around in the locker room."

Adewale Ojomo But two team sources said what happened Sunday to Ojomo extended beyond horse play. The sources said an altercation took place and one said Ojomo was "sucker punched."  It is unclear whether the "horsing around" escalated into the altercation. Hurricanes message boards were buzzing with similar rumors late Monday night. 

Shannon was told about the rumors and asked by a reporter if Ojomo had been involved in a fight. Shannon denied it. 

"No," Shannon said. "[It was] horsing around in the locker room. That always happens in the locker room. Guys always get that two-a-day swing where they want to mess around, horse around and things happen like that. You got to move on."

Wrestling and rough play has always been common in the Canes locker room -- especially during camp and when testosterone is flowing. I remember hearing stories from Derrick Morse just a few years ago about the classic skirmishes that went on behind the scenes. Sometimes they got pretty heated. Sometimes, guys separated shoulders or ended up with bruises and nicks.

This, however, might be the costliest game of horsing around yet. Shannon said Monday Ojomo, who started three games last year and is one of the bright young stars at defensive end, could end up missing the season opener at Florida State or maybe longer. The bigger issue, however, is who might have punched Ojomo and if they are being dealt with.

MORE NOTES

> Running back Graig Cooper showed up to practice wearing a protective boot on his foot. Shannon said Cooper is "a little banged up with his ankle" but will be fine and ready for the opener. "I don't know when it happened," Shannon said. "We practiced, he went walking around, went to the training table, came back - no treatment or anything, everything normal. Then he went to sleep and woke up and was like that. It was one of those freak deals."

> Freshman defensive end Olivier Vernon, who suffered a foot injury in Saturday's scrimmage, practiced "a little bit" Tuesday according to Shannon.

> Freshman Stephen Plein (6-6, 250) has been moved from tight end to offensive tackle to help the depth on Scout Team OL. His high school coach at Fort Myers, Sam Sirianni, told me two months ago he thought Plein would end up on the offensive line because of his big frame. 

"He can be a [blocking] tight end," Sirianni said. "He's got good ballskills. The biggest thing with Steve is what his body does. I wouldn't be surprised if he became too big for the position. The guy from Baylor told me that. If you get a kid with a frame like Steve's and his body, that'll happen. He's an average tight end athletically. Knowing the weight program and the kid is going to eat four square meals a day, he might just outgrow the position."

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It's a fitting punctuation mark since U have been getting punched in duh mouf for five years.

This glass jawed woosie incident will be symbolic of this entire collapse season.

0-4 awaits U

give Shannon a lifetime extension NOW! Lmao

KNOXVILLE -- An NCAA representative is in Knoxville investigating whether the amateur status of Tennessee freshman running back Bryce Brown has been violated, which could potentially make him ineligible.

This story is on ESPN.com. So glad Randy made the right choice.

the right choice????u should get a job as a professional spin consultant

U offered, he accepted, U then celebrated wildly, AB whispered in his ear, he started punking U and backed out, AFTER he shlt all over U it was THEN that U tried to save face and started this laughable "UM pulled the schollie" nonsense. U were beer-bonging the Kool-Aid until he shlt in your eye.

Nice spin job idiot! It's what objective observers refer to as 'cane logic.

anyone have access to Cansport? what does Gary Ferman's article say about who it was, what happened, and why Ojomo might be out for that long? please share!!!

Biznatxch: You are a mjaor B--atch. You and all gaturd fans are The canes' biznatxhes so go chase yourself in your traylor park.

The only reason AB "cut us loose" was because RS was delaying the offer, as it was becoming clear that he and that dude Butler had something fishy going on. So please. Go to the Alachua Times and get your information. D_mb As_!

And all you haters that claim to be cane fans are trashing me for speaking the truth. Ok Our opinions diverge. That's fine.

Willis McGahee was not hurt during the season, he was hurt in the NC.

In 2000 Clinton Portis was not the feature back, like coop is (was) today, that was James Jackson and Najeh. That came in 2001 Memba?

I never lambasted RS for how he handled Ab. I praised him.

I lambasted RS for his lack of media saavy and I am still not convinced that keeping it on the low down is the best way to go; however, that "walk-on" should be kicked off the team. One thing is to let the playaz have it out a bit, but that was definitely thuggish. Kids (even 20 yr olds) nowadays don't realize the damage that can be done when you punch someone in the jaw, nose, eye or head. Ojomo is going to lose weight, strength, conditioning and will definitely be out for the whole season if indeed his jaw has to be wired.

on the other hand... The way the gators handle altercations... They pinch each other.

We will probably be finding out soon who sucker punched Ojomo. Stay tuned.

All those running back you name got hurt at some point in their UM career. Willie as you call him came to UM hurt with a knee injury out of Miami Central. This is a running back you will sprang a ankle or two. What running back have never sprang an ankle?

Who cares!

If it was a sucker punch, then who hit him? That player should be identified ASAP and disciplined commensurate w/ the facts. I hope RS doesn't make the same mistake he made in the handling of Robert Marve last year, i.e., discipline the guy several months after the fact. That handling (I believe) was detrimental to UM's season last year.

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