Freddie Mitchell Facing Federal Tax Fraud Charges Update

Freddie Mitchell Facing Federal Tax Fraud Charges Update

Freddie Mitchell was always a favorite here at Level. Whether it was his postgame bowtie, his putting on the belt as the "People's Champ" following a big catch (he made a few!), or trying his hand at the BBQ restaurant business or motivational YouTube channel in his post-NFL career, we've always sort of enjoyed Freddie's brand of crazy. It seemed mostly harmless.

But today we learned about a more serious problem for FredEx. He's now allegedly involved himself in some serious scheming against Uncle Sam and now faces federal tax fraud charges.

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Don't think he'll be thanking his accountant for being too great any time soon.

Fox Sports reports on the details:

The target of the alleged scheme was a professional athlete with the
initials A.G., who investigators said had no knowledge of the scam, but
paid for a firm connected with Mitchell to do his taxes.

According to the indictment, the plan was to file false federal tax returns electronically.

Russ-Walls and Walls allegedly filed the returns, claiming refunds
ranging from $170,000 to $1.9 million. The two men also attached false
documents to support the refund claims, according to the indictment.

Now. We did a little brain storming to try and figure out if there are any former Eagles with the initials A.G. Our search came up short (Abe Gibson played in the 50s and Anthony Griggs in the 80s). Could it be a UCLA Bruins tie in? No A.G.'s have been drafted out of UCLA to play in the NFL or NBA. So no leads there...

Our Eagles guru Kulp said the first name that popped into his head as a fit for the A.G. initials was Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green or tight tnd extraordinaire Antonio Gates. Also, Freddie spent a summer with the Kansas City chiefs and could have befriended tight end Tony Gonzalez, or Anthony Gonzalez?

What athletes out there have the initials A.G. that would trust Mr. Mitchell?

UPDATE: Howard Eskin says he talked to Freddie who claims to be innocent and caught in the middle of the scam. He also noted the A.G. we were trying to guess is NBA player Drew Gooden who just so happened to come out of hibernation against the Sixers the other night.

Baylor hires Temple's Matt Rhule as next head coach

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Baylor hires Temple's Matt Rhule as next head coach

Just when it hit its peak, the Matt Rhule era at Temple is over.

Rhule has accepted the open job at Baylor, a Big 12 school. The news was first reported by Fox Sports and was confirmed by Baylor football’s official Twitter account.

Rhule, who became the head coach of the Owls in 2012 after Steve Addazio left for Boston College, left an indelible mark on a downtrodden program with a 28-23 record in four seasons. While that may not look like a spectacular record, it's a remarkable job for a program that was a mere board of directors vote or two away from extinction just over a decade ago. Temple is 20-7 over the past two seasons, the best two-season mark in school history. Rhule's 28 wins tie him with Bruce Arians for sixth most in school history.

Rhule spent parts of 10 seasons at Temple as he filled various roles on the coaching staffs of both Al Golden and Addazio. He left in 2011 for a role on Tom Coughlin's staff with the New York Giants before coming back to North Broad Street.

"I am truly honored and humbled to join the Baylor Family," Rhule said in a press release sent by Baylor Tuesday afternoon. "I can't thank President (David) Garland and (athletic director) Mack Rhoades enough for this incredible opportunity. Baylor is a tremendous institution with a history of football success and I know the passion that so many have for the Bears will help bring the community together to reach even greater heights. I am excited to get started."

Tuesday's news comes just three days after Rhule lead the Owls to victory over No. 19 Navy in the AAC title game. It was the program's first conference title since 1967 and just the second in school history.

Though the Owls missed out on the Cotton Bowl at-large berth that went to undefeated Western Michigan, they are set to face Wake Forest in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Baylor has been mired in controversy in recent years as sexual assault scandals have rocked the program and ultimately cost head coach Art Briles his job.

Baylor went 6-6 this season.

According to a report by ESPN's Matt Fortuna, tight ends coach Ed Foley will be the Owls' interim head coach.

Temple has set a 1:30 p.m. press conference on Tuesday to discuss today's news.

Dorial Green-Beckham wore Yeezy cleats in support of the 'Yeezy Foundation'

Dorial Green-Beckham wore Yeezy cleats in support of the 'Yeezy Foundation'

While Carson Wentz was supporting Jesus, Dorial Green-Beckham was supporting Yeezus.

As you're likely well aware of by now, the NFL ran its My Cleats, My Cause promotion this week allowing players to wear footwear that represented a charity or cause they felt passionately about.

And after watching the Eagles' loss to the Bengals on Sunday, you may not think they are passionate about much, but they still wore some unique cleats.

Carson Wentz opted for the religious motif on his feet while Dorial Green-Beckham went for flat out style.

He wore a pair of Yeezy cleats that were banned by the NFL earlier in the season. He told Eliot Shorr-Parks that he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation" which is probably not a real thing.

So just to recap: instead of bringing awareness to a meaningful cause, DGB just wanted to wear some cool kicks.

Now, who knows, maybe he wanted to bring awareness to Kanye West's recent mental struggles? No one can say for sure. Let's all just hope that Kanye and DGB are doing okay after their rough patches.