Duke's Mellencamp faces felony battery charges in Indiana
Duke football walk-on cornerback Hud Mellencamp, son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist John Mellencamp, is heading home to Indiana where he faces felony battery charges.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe said Thursday night that Mellencamp, a sophomore who has never seen game action for the Blue Devils, will be allowed to miss team activities to tend to the situation.
“We are aware of the charges that Hud Mellencamp faces in Indiana,” Cutcliffe said in a statement. “Currently, we are giving him the opportunity to return to Indiana to address his legal issues. We will refrain from any further comment until more information becomes available.”
Monroe County, Ind., prosecutors issued arrest warrants Thursday 19-year-old Hud Mellencamp, his younger brother Speck Mellencamp, 18, and 19-year-old Ty A. Smith, all of Bloomington, Ind. Smith, a walk-on football player at Indiana, is the son of Hoosiers baseball coach Tracy Smith.
The three are charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury as the result of a July 29 incident in which Bloomington police allege they kicked and punched 19-year-old Alexander Bucy in the face. Bucy suffered facial fractures that required sutures. Bucy was referred to a plastic surgeon for further treatment.
According to information released by the Bloomington Police Department on Thursday, officers were dispatched to a Bloomington home at 2:45 a.m. on July 29 because of a reported altercation.
Bucy reported that the Mellencamp brothers and Smith approached his house and began climbing the front porch steps. When Bucy asked them if he could help them, Speck Mellencamp struck him in the face,
As Bucy fell backward from that punch, he said Smith and Hud Mellencamp punched and kicked him.
When Bucy’s roommates came to his aid and pulled men off of him, Bucy stood up but was punched again by Speck Mellencamp. Bucy fell backward off his porch and Speck Mellencamp struck him repeatedly.
Bucy’s roommates pulled Speck Mellencamp off Bucy and the three men fled the scene.
The Bloomington Herald-Times newspaper reported that Hud Mellencamp told police that the fight was between his brother and the victim and that Hud Mellencamp and Smith were not involved.
The newspaper also reported that Speck Mellencamp reported being hit in the face earlier in the night while at the house. Speck Mellencamp said two females were fighting over him and when he tried to break up the dispute, he was pushed and hit in the face by a man.
Speck Mellencamp told police he was upset by that incident when he returned later that night.
The 5-11, 165-pound Hud Mellencamp came to Duke last year as a student and approached the football staff about walking on to the team. Home-schooled in Indiana, Hud Mellencamp had never played organized football prior to coming to Duke.
Hud Mellencamp does have an accomplished athletic background, however. He was a two-time Indiana division champion in Golden Gloves boxing and also won a state championship as a Junior Olympics boxer.
While Hud Mellencamp has yet to see game action for Duke, he did participate in the team’s spring game last April and was on the field wearing No. 17 for Duke’s intra-squad scrimmage at Wallace Wade Stadium last Monday night.
Duke has another scrimmage scheduled for today at Wallace Wade Stadium.
On Saturday, the team holds its annual “Meet the Blue Devils” event where fans are allowed to get autographs and take photos with the players.
Hud Mellencamp is not expected to attend either event.