Wednesday’s roundup: Barrett’s arraignment postponed
Columbus, Ohio — Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s arraignment on a citation for operating a vehicle while impaired has been rescheduled for next week.
The Franklin County Municipal Court clerk’s office confirmed Barrett’s attorney requested the continuance but said it didn’t know why. The arraignment, which had been scheduled for Friday, was pushed back until Tuesday.
A message seeking comment was left Wednesday for defense attorney Phil Templeton.
Barrett, 20, was cited for the misdemeanor at a Columbus police checkpoint early Saturday, during the Buckeyes’ bye week. Police say a breath test showed Barrett’s blood-alcohol content was above the legal limit.
Coach Urban Meyer has said Barrett told him he didn’t believe he was impaired.
Barrett is suspended for the top-ranked Buckeyes’ Saturday home game against Minnesota. Cardale Jones will start in his place.
Hawaii’s interim coach Chris Naeole is switching starting quarterbacks and has named new captains in an effort to revitalize the Rainbow Warriors.
Naeole met with the media Wednesday for the first time since taking over following Norm Chow’s firing on Sunday. Chow’s dismissal came a day after the Rainbow Warriors (2-7, 0-5 Mountain West) lost 58-7 to Air Force.
Naeole is going with Ikaika Woolsey as the starter for Saturday’s game against UNLV over former starting quarterback Max Wittek. He also named new captains.
Naeole said he hasn’t considered whether he’ll be a candidate for the permanent coaching job.
Former Hawaii coach June Jones told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that he intends to apply for the job.
... The Southwestern Athletic Conference reprimanded game officials who allowed Alabama State to run a fifth-down play.
The league says Alabama State got the extra down in the first quarter against rival Alabama A&M in the Magic City Classic at Legion Field.
Alabama State won the game 35-20.
... All eyes around the Atlantic Coast Conference will be on officials this weekend.
The league suspended officials after the Miami-Duke kickoff return chaos, saying the winning touchdown shouldn’t have counted.
But when the dust settled, the result stood.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe recognizes the fallibility of humans.
“Whether you want to admit it or not, technology is just overtaking a big portion of the game,” Cutcliffe said this week. “It’s not just replay. Officials, to their credit, can’t defend themselves to slow motion. So they’ve got all of us watching on TV saying, ‘I can’t believe they blew that.’
“And they’re looking in real time. I get that.”