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John E. Hoover: Report: OU’s Parrish Cobb arrested on aggravated robbery charge

John E. Hoover: Report: OU’s Parrish Cobb arrested on aggravated robbery charge
OU cornerback Parrish Cobb makes a tackle against ULM. (PHOTO: OU Daily)

OU cornerback Parrish Cobb makes a tackle against ULM. (PHOTO: OU Daily)

University of Oklahoma freshman Parrish Cobb, who started two games at cornerback last season before suffering an injured hamstring, was issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday on an aggravated robbery charge, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.

The charge may have a possible connection to a string of armed robberies in Waco and Bellmead within the last two weeks, both local authorities and Cobb’s attorney confirmed to the newspaper.

Cobb, 19, was named in the warrant identifying him as a suspect in a Jan. 10 armed robbery in Bellmead, according to the Tribune, which cites Cobb’s lawyer, John Lewis. Lewis said Cobb has made arrangments with authorities to turn himself into the McLennan County Jail on Wednesday.

“We look forward to addressing these allegations at the appropriate time,” Lewis told the Tribune-Herald.

According to the newspaper, Baylor police, Waco police and Bellmead police have been working together on the case. One robbery was reported to have taken place on Jan. 7, and two more occurred on Jan. 10.

The paper cited a courthouse source who said a search was executed on a Dodge Challenger registered to one of Cobb’s family members that also included an OU parking sticker. Waco police said, “we believe Cobb participated in the armed robbery” outside a convenience store on Jan. 10.

Cobb played at Le Vega High School in Waco, Texas. He originally gave a verbal commitment to OU as a high school prospect, but then signed with Baylor on National Signing Day. However, after the school’s sexual assault scandals led to the dismissal of coach Art Briles, athletic director Ian McCaw and president Ken Starr, Cobb asked out of his commitment, which Cobb’s father famously showing up outside acting coach Jim Grobe’s introductory press conference.

Eventually, Baylor let Cobb out of his letter of intent, and he signed a financial aid agreement with the Sooners.

Cobb, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder, was ranked as a four-star recruit by both Scout and Rivals and was a three-star prospect by ESPN and 247 Sports.

Cobb played in the Sooners’ first three games of the 2016 season, making two tackles each against Houston, Louisiana-Monroe and Ohio State. He was injured against the Buckeyes, however, and didn’t play again until the season finale against Oklahoma State, when he made one tackle.

Cobb was supposed to gain a medical redshirt, but OU coach Bob Stoops said that wasn’t possible, so Cobb played in the season finale.

Cobb’s two starts came against ULM and Ohio State as the Sooners were trying to find an effective cornerback to play opposite returning starter Jordan Thomas. Cobb, Dakota Austin and Micaiah Quick started games before the job eventually went to freshman Jordan Parker.

Tuesday night, OU released a statement saying Cobb has been suspended pending review.

“We are aware of the matter and Mr. Cobb is suspended indefinitely from all athletics participation,” according to the statement. “The University will review the matter further consistent with its student conduct process.”


Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “Further Review with Hoover & Rew” and can be heard on The Franchise Tulsa from noon to 3 p.m. every weekday with co-host Lauren Rew and most mornings on The Franchise in Oklahoma City. Listen on fm107.9, am1270 on the 107.7 Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page.

 

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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