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USF LB Ben Moffitt is a scumbag!

I love how the media was portraying this guy as such a friggin' super human being!

http://www.sptimes.com/2008/01/03/Sports/Linebacker_Moffitt_s_.shtml

Linebacker Moffitt's wife: 'He's living a lie'

For the past four years, Ben Moffitt has been a standout linebacker for USF's football team, celebrated just as much as a father and husband. It was a heartwarming story. But for nearly the last two months, itís been a much different story.

By Greg Auman
Published January 3, 2008

TAMPA – For the past four years, Ben Moffitt has been a standout linebacker for USF's football team, celebrated just as much as a father and husband, a family man who made a daily 55-mile commute from campus to be with his family.

It was a heartwarming story, told everywhere from local papers to ESPN to the New York Times. But for nearly the last two months, itís been a much different story.

Shauna Moffitt said Thursday that her husband left her with their two children, ages 5 and 3, on Nov. 11 Ė the day after the Bulls won at Syracuse – and has had limited contact with them since. Throughout his time at USF, his scholarship checks have helped pay for the rent or mortgage, but since leaving, Moffitt has not done anything to support his family financially, she said.

"He is living a lie," she said. "Heís lying to everyone. Heís not helping (us) with anything." Their marriage of five years has deteriorated to the point that Shauna, 26, made public Thursday a larger allegation, saying that she had taken multiple online courses for her husband and written papers for his college classes to keep him eligible to play football.

"I have written every single paper he has ever written in five years at USF," said Shauna, who works as a data specialist in the Sumter County Appraiser's Office.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, USF officials had not responded to questions seeking comment on the academic allegations.

Moffitt, reached by phone Thursday afternoon, said it is "very unfortunate" that the matter had been made public but declined further comment, referring questions to Tavares divorce attorney A.J. Rohe. Rohe said divorce papers would be filed later Thursday in Sumter County.

"Itís our position that itís harmful to the children when this personal stuff is aired in the papers," said Rohe, who was retained by Moffitt on Thursday. "Weíre disappointed that she would choose to do something in an attempt to damage his reputation and his potential for future earnings."

Moffittís wife and children were noticeably absent on the field at Raymond James Stadium when USF's seniors were honored before their final home game. A week later, when questioned after USF's football game at Pittsburgh in late November, Moffitt said the relationship was fine. Asked why he wasn't wearing his wedding ring, he said it was in his pocket, that he didn't wear it during games.

Moffittís family is well-known to Bulls fans; Shauna was interviewed on ESPNU during USF's football game at Florida Atlantic this season, and Ben has brought his 5-year-old son along with him for postgame news conferences.

USF has marketed Moffitt, 23, as a family man, touting him for national awards with the phrase "Linebacker. Leader. Husband. Father."

Moffitt, who started 43 games at USF, was a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy, which considers off-field contributions in addition to football accomplishments. Moffitt has continued to perpetuate the feel-good story that USF has promoted. Just last week, as the Bulls prepared for the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, Moffitt was interviewed about his family life by The Register-Guard, a newspaper in Oregon.

"Itís a weird balance," Moffitt told the newspaper, more than six weeks after he had left the familyís Bushnell home. "It can be hard, but it also just comes with the territory I guess, and itís been working out."

Not exactly. After their initial separation, Shauna said Ben visited their two children twice a week, but that stopped after a month. She said she does not know where he is living, and he has changed his cellphone, initially only calling from a blocked number before later giving her the number.

Moffitt finished his USF career Monday with 331 total tackles, the second-highest mark in Bulls history behind Kawika Mitchell, who had 367 from 1999-2002. Moffitt is projected a mid-round pick in April's NFL Draft, rated by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. as the fourth-best inside linebacker in this year's class.
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Scumbag is right, I hope she starts the divorce settlement now and gets any possible signing bonus and the majority of his future income.

GO OWLS!
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Yeah, I agree.† He sounds like as good as a person as he is a football player. I was watching their bowl game and they were going on and on about how great a player Moffitt was and then every play he was in the picture he was getting torched.

This is what his NFL prospect bio says:

Weaknesses:
Stiff and not a great athlete…Doesn't have great size…Needs to get stronger…Is not very fluid and struggles in coverage…Has trouble shedding blocks…Does not go sideline-to-sideline or get to the edges well…A sub par blitzer…Limited upside.



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if it is deemed he was not academically eligible do to the univerosties negligence in upholing proper standards by which he was graded (ie online tests) guess what:

We will end up WINNING our game against them…….
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Do you think that will effect his draft status
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no...unfortunately, they dont care about "character" in the pros, just performance...
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Florida_Owl said

if it is deemed he was not academically eligible do to the univerosties negligence in upholing proper standards by which he was graded (ie online tests) guess what:

We will end up WINNING our game against them…….

No we won't.† Their win would be vacated and that is all.† See Oklahoma as an example of this.
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Florida_Owl said

no…unfortunately, they dont care about "character" in the pros, just performance…

Wrong, check with Coach Lewis and the Cincinnatti Bengals on this one…I think they might have went 4-12 this season.

Teambeer is the most knowledgeable FAU sports fan I know, way smarter than me.
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what is this, pick on F_O day? ;D



SigEp77:

my bad…we will be 8-4…instead on 8-5…which is fine by me!

Walty:

disagree bud…one team/situation does not a whole make…

otherwise, why would the Dolphins take ricky back repeatedly?
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Why do the Dolphins take back Ricky Williams? Wouldn't you if your runningbacks included Samkon Gado and Sammy Smith (although hes good with the pats, but who isn't?).† Plus, Ricky Williams at a 775,000 salary is cheap for any team.

I think the dolphins would take dan marino back if they could.

If the NFL didn't care about character then why would teams personally interview players before the draft or take that ridiculous common sense test?

I think the NFL considers character more than basketball, baseball and of course, hockey.

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