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Duke walk-on Mellencamp facing felony battery

Posted August 15, 2013

— Duke sophomore defensive back Hud Mellencamp is facing felony charges of battery resulting in serious bodily injury stemming from an incident in his home state of Indiana in July.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Bloomington, Ind., Mellencamp, his brother Speck Mellencamp and Ty Smith, the son of Indiana University baseball coach Tracy Smith, “punched, kicked and stomped” a 19-year-old unidentified man. The affidavit states that the attack happened following an altercation at the residence during a party earlier in the night in which Speck was “struck in the face.”

The unidentified man received medical treatment for “facial fractures, required sutures and was referred to a plastic surgeon.”

The affidavit states that Hud Mellencamp told officers that he and Smith were present at the assault, but were not involved. The filing detective, Richard Crussen of the Bloomington Police Department, noted that statement as a contradiction to multiple other statements.

According to the Herald Times in Bloomington, both Mellencamp brothers are expected to turn themselves in.

Hud and Speck are the sons of singer John Mellencamp. Hud, a walk-on who did not appear in a game for the Blue Devils as a freshman, was a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion in Indiana and a Junior Olympics state boxing champion, according to his Duke football bio.

Hud Mellencamp is listed as the eighth or ninth corner back on the depth chart but has prospects of playing on special teams.

Smith is a walk-on freshman on the Indiana football team.

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  • DurhamDevil Aug 16, 11:00 a.m.

    Cutcliffe should declare him a none and done...plain and simple.

    Other local universities should watch closely and then follow suit, accordingly, with their own issues.

    GO DEVILS!!!

  • tBeast Aug 16, 8:50 a.m.

    8 or 9 on the depth chart? dook is 8 or 9 players deep at corner?

    I doubt it.

  • 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears Aug 16, 8:19 a.m.

    not sure about hud, but speck was john m's grandfather, I believe, and the inspiration for the... View More

    — Posted by duane11

    When John mellencamp was on letterman last month, he had a black eye and said his son, speck, gave it to him. I can't condone what any of these three did, but in cases like this where you're dealing with sons of celebrities, college athletes(one being a golden gloves champ and the third friend's dad is the baseball coach at IU), you have to hear both sides of the story. Regular town folks maybe saw some celebrities and goaded them into the retaliation because they wanted to see how far it could go, and maybe even knew they could get a settlement if it went to court because rich daddy celebrity had the cash to just write a check and make it go away. And mellencamp just released a musical that goes on tour soon, so the timing of this is pretty good to give him incentive to want the story to disappear...

  • 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears Aug 16, 8:08 a.m.

    still waiting on the facts.



    - Roy williams

  • Gunnstigator Aug 16, 7:58 a.m.

    It sounds like he was involved and tried to lie his way out of it even though witness statements... View More

    — Posted by Tizu

    I don't think Cut will tolerate that kind of behavior, Tizu. No one knows what's going on behind closed doors, but if he's convicted, I don't think he'll be wearing a Duke uniform.

  • I am not who you think I am Aug 16, 7:51 a.m.

    Behaving like t-hugggs while worrying about The Flagship:

    The dook Way.

    — Posted by flagship4ever

    Flagship...don't you mean the SS Lollipop

  • Tizu Aug 16, 7:40 a.m.

    It sounds like he was involved and tried to lie his way out of it even though witness statements / eye witnesses contradicted his version of the event. This happened in July, which means he was a member of the football team. To my knowledge this is his first time being in trouble like this. The fact that he is a great boxer and beat a 19 year old man down like this (with the help of his buddies) shows me he is a coward.

    Get rid of him. He has no place in the Duke Football program.

  • duane11 Aug 16, 7:14 a.m.

    not sure about hud, but speck was john m's grandfather, I believe, and the inspiration for the song "Rain on the scarecrow"...those boys are definitely taking after their pa, who reportedly fought quite a bit growing up....

  • clete Aug 16, 6:41 a.m.

    this should be ok with the local media as long as he is not cited for speeding on his way to court

  • DUKE4EVER Aug 15, 10:51 p.m.

    Please tell me these boys sang "Hurts so Good" while they were beating that dude.

    — Posted by Leave it to Beaver Reruns

    Maybe he can do the half time show?!

    GO DUKE!!

    2 weeks and 2 days!

    Yeah Babe!

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