South Carolina and Vanderbilt kick off the 2012 college football season Thursday night, and the season can’t come soon enough for coaches trying to keep their players out of trouble.
Three more players for prominent programs have been suspended, adding to the long list of athletes who have found trouble in the off season.
Auburn starting center Reese Dismukes was suspended by coach Gene Chizik after an arrest for public drunkenness early Saturday morning.
“I am very disappointed in Reese Dismukes for his irresponsible behavior last night,” Chizik said in a statement. “This kind of behavior will not be tolerated at Auburn and I have suspended Reese as a result of his actions.”
It was not known how long Dismukes’ suspension would be. He started all 13 games last season.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced that starting tailback Cierre Wood and defensive end Justin Utupo have been suspended for two games for a violation of team rules. They join quarterback Tommy Rees in sitting out the season opener against Navy in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday.
“Our players are aware of the standards I set for our program and that failure to meet my expectations will result in consequences,” Kelly said. “Justin and Cierre violated our team rules so I’ve suspended them for the first two games of the season.”
It’s a familiar story, but it seems this season has seen even more high-profile players getting in trouble.
– Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the team after being arrested on weapons charges in June. He transferred to Alabama State. Georgia players Alec Ogletree, Bacarri Rambo, Sanders Commings and Chase Vasser will also serve suspensions early in the season for various violations.
– Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed by LSU earlier this month for a violation of team rules. He has reportedly enrolled in drug rehab.
– Tennessee wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers was suspended indefinitely by coach Derek Dooley, also for a violation of team rules. He has reportedly transferred to Tennessee Tech.
– Florida State defensive back Greg Reid was kicked off the team after his arrest on drug and other charges. He transferred to Valdosta State.
– Tailback Michael Dyer, who left Auburn amid discipline problems, was dismissed by Arkansas State after marijuana and a gun were allegedly found in his car during a traffic stop.
No doubt we’ve left some out and there are still three days until the season begins. Stay tuned.