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Reports: Texas Longhorns WRs Kendall Sanders, Montreal Meander charged with sexual assault
Almost a month after the initial report, the players have been charged.
The Texas Longhorns will most likely be without junior wide receiver Kendall Sanders and freshman wide receiver Montrel Meander for an extended period of time after both were charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony, according to the Austin American-Statesman and Horns247.
Bail has been set at $75,000 for those charges, while Sanders has an additional bail of $20,000 for a charge of unwanted photography. According to the Statesman, the players have not yet been arrested after the charges came down on Thursday morning.
It's not the first time that Sanders has run afoul of the law, as he was suspended for the 2013 season opener against New Mexico State after he was charged with a DWI in College Station.
The school later announced suspensions for the players:
Texas WRs Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander suspended indefinitely from football team after second-degree felony sexual assault charges.
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) July 24, 2014
And the statement from Strong:
Charlie Strong's statement on suspension for Sanders and Meander pic.twitter.com/IcdFxLjq6A
— ESPN Texas (@ESPNTexas) July 24, 2014
The Statesman initially reported the investigation into the incident, but did not name the players because they had not yet been charged.
Here are the details:
The alleged victim told police she came back from Sixth Street and agreed to engage consensual sex with Menader, according to court documents. Then, Sanders knocked on the door and was allowed in by Meander.
Sanders began taking off his clothes while Mender went into the bathroom, and the alleged victim said she did not want to have sex with him, the court documents state. Sanders got in bed anyway and forced himself on the alleged victim.
"Sanders told the victim she would like it and that it is going to feel good," the affidavit states. The documents go into graphic detail how Sanders had sex with the alleged victim, which included vagial and anal intercouse.
At some point, Meander came back into the room and the two players "forcibly penetrated the victim" together. At that point, the alleged victim said she no longer wanted to have sex with Meander.
The charges are the second such incident Texas players have faced in the last year and a half after linebacker Jordan Hicks and former quarterback Case McCoy were investigated but not charged before the 2012 Alamo Bowl against Oregon State in San Antonio after bringing a woman back to their hotel room.
In terms of on-field impact, Sanders was expected to step into a larger role in the Texas offense this season following the departure of Mike Davis as one of the potential big-play threats on the team. He caught 37 balls for 361 yards and one touchdown last season, but had one of the lowest per-catch averages for a wide receiver in the conference.
Meander, meanwhile, wasn't expected to play a large role, but did flash in the spring game with a twisting catch down the sidelines from Miles Onyegbule and was expected to eventually develop into a credible deep threat.
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Daily Round Up: 37 Days
Disclaimer: Before you proceed, just remember that none of the links are vetted and you may be reading something written by a 13-year-old, a so-called sports journalist or Clay Travis (is there really any difference between those options?). Read at your own peril.
Just who is Charlie Strong? [SI]
Strong is focused on progress. [ESPN]
This is something you rarely see. An off-season basketball story! [Hoops Habit]
In case you have not heard, Case McCoy has found gainful employment. [Austin Business Journal]
Coach Strong and I will agree to disagree on this issue.. [ESPN]
Bob Stoops talks Sugar Bowl. [NewsOK]
Charlie Weis has two goals. [Sun Times]
Baker Mayfield illustrates the worst about the NCAA transfer rule. [Athletic Scholarships]
More than 50% of recruits polled want stipends and they want to unionize. [ESPN]
Playground basketball is dying. [ESPN]
Steve Spurrier's look sums everyone's feelings about Nick Saban. [Sporting News]
Who would do this? Do not get married during football season. [Eleven Warriors]
A blast from the old Southwest Conference past. I was searching for something else on the interwebs and found this. [Google Books]
The Agricultural and Mechanical Department
ESTABLISHMENT OF UNIVERSITY; AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL DEPARTMENT. The legislature shall as soon as practicable establish, organize and provide for the maintenance, support and direction of a University of the first class, to be located by a vote of the people of this State, and styled, "The University of Texas," for the promotion of literature, and the arts and sciences, including an Agricultural, and Mechanical department. - Texas Constitution.
Some days I really like Bob. Others, not so much….
Perfect match. Johnny Football will be spending his NFL days with these fans. [Deadspin, Deadspin]
Little brother was kind enough to make a video of Charlie Strong at Big 12 Media Days. [Good Bull Hunting]
The Aggies look at UT athletic culture. [Good Bull Hunting]
It must be all those 2%ers not renewing their season tickets. [Forbes]
If the A&M team is coming to town, I'm pretty sure South Carolina is boarding up windows and nailing down their valuables. [Good Bull Hunting]