The Leaf-Chronicle of Clarksville, Tenn., reported Friday that Tubman, a 6-foot-5 defensive end who starred at Seneca High School in Louisville, has joined the Governors and will have three season of eligibility remaining. Austin Peay is scheduled to play Kentucky this season at Commonwealth Stadium on Nov. 19.
“We are in the business of changing, impacting and molding our student-athletes’ lives and Lloyd Tubman’s story is no different,” Austin Peay Athletics Director Ryan Ivey told the newspaper. “He is a Gov and will be held to the same standard as all of our student-athletes are held to. We believe in Lloyd’s character and think he will flourish here at Austin Peay.”
Tubman, who spent a year-and-a-half at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, maintained his innocence throughout the process, The Leaf-Chronicle reported.
According to court documents, Tubman, 20, was charged with first-degree rape in October 2014 after a woman with whom he had a previous relationship accused him of raping her in her dorm room. After Tubman was charged, he was suspended from the team indefinitely by UK football coach Mark Stoops, and later left the school.
“Honestly my initial thought was ‘no way,’” new Governors coach Will Healy said. “And every conversation with Lloyd and as I continued to do my research, whether it was talking to a preacher a high school coach, a high school teacher, a friend or a lawyer or whoever it was, all the people that I continuously talked to just had rave reviews about him as a human being.
“I think Lloyd Tubman by the time he leaves here has the chance to be the best success story in Austin Peay history. I do. I think he is that type of kid. I think he is that type of leader,” Healy said.