Trouble keeps coming for college football players

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.

71 comments Add your comment

historydog

August 27th, 2012
8:39 am

Colleges need to do away with scholarships and let the NFL form a farm system like the pro baseball teams have. Let the college students who want to play for the college come out in the spring to try out for the team. They will actually play for the college and not for a future pro career. At least adopt a rule that if a player is kicked off a team he cannot play for any other team. They would realize their pro chances are over if they do not behave. They are not interested in a education or the college they play for, only their imagined pro career.

Eassyyyy

August 27th, 2012
9:13 am

just boys being boys yall.

old dog

August 27th, 2012
9:15 am

Back in the ’70’s, the age was 18. Yeah, the players partied but nobody got hurt. now, a player is castigated for what used to be normal college behaviour. At UGA, prominant Alumni had major parties for the team…..funny….nobody got hrurt!

Dirty AL

August 27th, 2012
9:25 am

Wow, no suspensions at AL. Amazing how these kids change when they arrive at AL. Saban just must be a great leader. The strange part is his own kid was arrested during a drunken brawl with another chick. Sounds pretty hot. Video would be sweet. At the hospital, police from the city and the university showed up, along with an official from the university’s student affairs office. An “on-call dean” typically goes to the hospital if university officers notify them a student is being treated.

The only reason anyone knows of this is because the other girl filed a civil lawsuit.

The local police, university police and “on-call dean” buried the story and redacted names from the report.

A player at UGA can bump into a car in a garage, bust a headlight and its a front page story in the AJC.

The Truth

August 27th, 2012
9:26 am

We wonder how many players from Florida A&M, SC State, Sav. State, Norfolk State get kicked off every year?

Jason

August 27th, 2012
9:27 am

@old dog – I suspect that you just never heard about anyone getting hurt. It seems that the media has become more adept at exposing such things to the light.

@historydog – It will never happen. There is too much money involved. The colleges are not going to let that money walk out the door.

Big Dawg

August 27th, 2012
9:37 am

All these players have ruined there lives. It’s sad when they can easily go to the NFL as much as they star on the football team. This is very sad.

Big Crimson 75

August 27th, 2012
9:41 am

I don’t believe it. Stop the presses.
Uga is the only SEC school that suspends players for disciplinary reasons.

OLD DOG

August 27th, 2012
9:41 am

The word is RESPONDSIBILITY. Each person has to take respondsibility for their actions. Nothing has changed except these “high profile” : please commit to my school kids have not matured to deal with the pressure of playing major college sports undre a microscope or doing the things necessary to succeed. They crave the attention and chase it any way they can. We have put these individuals on a pedistial with our recruting services, our “Super 11″ this and that and the media coverage with which they are showered . These are just 17 or 18 year kids. Don’t blame the kids blame the adults and media that feed off of them
The majority of all student athlets come from a sound base both in high school and home life but there are always going to be a few bad apples. If you check into their background usually there bad decission make was started long before the got to the college of their choice. Why do you think we are seeing so many more decommitals. These “kids” don’t have a grip on there “RESPONDCIBILITY”.

Cobb Dawg

August 27th, 2012
9:45 am

@OLD DOG: Actually, the word is “responsibility.”

BIG MIKE

August 27th, 2012
9:48 am

At Jason…..B.S., What is your definition of “hurt”. In the 70’s, we partied our way through football season (remember “PARTY HARDY”), there was no real harm done and a slew of memories were made. We were kids being kids and allowed to do so by BIG BROTHER. Now the laws are up everyone’s kazoo to ensure we don’t harm ourselves while they allow the pulpwood factories across the south to pump carcinogens in the air and water at an alarming rate. There is a double standard that is being driven by individuals (single point failures) that effects everybody…and that’s not right.
Momma lost a son to drinking, so everyone elses son must stop having fun.
A senator wants to make a name for himself, so he writes a bill that will prevent everyone from enjoying the FREEDOM he once endured, in the name of safety and security. Hogwash. If we are willing to sacrifice our FREEDOM for safety and security, we deserve neither.

Eisendawg

August 27th, 2012
9:56 am

It’s a shame that it happens, but it happens. The bad part is other programs don’t even make it public until it’s the second offense, if then. UGA does it on the first offense, thus drawing criticism of Richt and Bobo.

SimpleDawg

August 27th, 2012
10:04 am

Some of these idiots are kinda like a pretty blonde with big boobs, but no brains…..looks good, has a limited use cycle, and ends up being more of a headache than necessary……

No, wait….scratch that. A pretty blonde with big boobs is never an unnecessary headache….

5150 UOAD`

August 27th, 2012
10:30 am

old dog
August 27th, 2012
9:15 am

Back in the ’70’s, the age was 18. Yeah, the players partied but nobody got hurt. now, a player is castigated for what used to be normal college behaviour. At UGA, prominant Alumni had major parties for the team…..funny….nobody got hrurt!
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And along time ago Pot and Coke were LEGAL too.
Times Change
Laws Change
It is the KIDS job to CHANGE with the times too.

5150 UOAD`

August 27th, 2012
10:31 am

Can SOMEBODY teach OLD DWAG a new trick?

Please Teach OldDwag how to SPELL.

KINGDAWG

August 27th, 2012
10:36 am

@old dog

Please proof read your comment before sending. Get the dictionary app for your smart phone to check your grammer. Your post has a good perspective but your grammer needs assistance.

gbal

August 27th, 2012
10:39 am

Thanks Jeff —- Keep printing the UGA suspensions every time you get a chance AJC. Gotta love the home town paper…. Wish CMR would get as tough with the media as CSS or CNS and just cut em off.

Try this.. write a story every other day (ajc) that includes comments on Darick or the ND , FSU, AU players that are suspended. Just keep beating it to death over and over, week after week….. Wh not? It’s no more news that when the paper continues to repeat the UGA suspensions, and it does nothing but hurt our recruiting… End it, OK… Move on… there has to be something new that you can report…… This and the Grayson tackle….. MOVE ON ajc

Ron

August 27th, 2012
10:41 am

Funny how the ones always suspended or kicked off the team are black 99% of the time. Great people!

Paul in NH

August 27th, 2012
10:44 am

There is nothing wrong with a kid having a couple of beers. Getting drunk 1 week before your opener is a problem – alcohol is the opposite of a PED.

5150 UOAD`

August 27th, 2012
10:45 am

gbal………read the title of the article and if you don’t want to know about it then don’t READ & COMMENT.

Delbert D.

August 27th, 2012
10:56 am

The miscreants are better armed these days.

Danimal

August 27th, 2012
11:09 am

Every ounce of this is CMR’s fault! LOL

Tommy

August 27th, 2012
11:14 am

If the colleges continue to recruit these thugs, they will suffer from ticket sales in the near future. The college foorball fan attendees are getting sick and tired of this and it has to end. They will think twice before buying expensive season tickets and not knowing what to expect when the season starts.

gbal

August 27th, 2012
11:16 am

Yea Toad – I read it and thought …well this is nice for a change…. An AJC writer bashing on othere schools that have the same issues as UGA….. Kindda even the field you know AND THEN…we rehash the UGA suspensions for the 86th time inn three months!!

Paddy

August 27th, 2012
11:23 am

The Truth…….the players from black colleges suspended are about the same as any school. What is your point, pal? Come on now, don’t hide behind that keyboard. Man up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WnE

August 27th, 2012
11:24 am

re:
The Truth
August 27th, 2012
9:26 am

We wonder how many players from Florida A&M, SC State, Sav. State, Norfolk State get kicked off every year?
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Those players are in a lot of cases out of the spotlight of the big time Media and the HCs don’t make between $2.0 mil and $6 mil per yr., when that is the case, the HCs feel pressured to “do something” and not allow the SAs to, “get away with it”.

It has nothing to with “the act”, in most cases it comes down to Media coverage.

HBCUs don’t do a better job with Athletes as evidenced by their horrible Graduation rates.

BTW this phenomenon has nothing to do with “Academic Excellence”; both the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy have/had 4 or 5 guys booted off of the team this off-season heading into 2012.

25 years ago violations that were handled “internally” are now a part of 24 hr. news cycles and 100 channels in every household, and therefore HCs feel pressured to punish more severely than in decades past, even at Service Academies.

Left Coast Dawg

August 27th, 2012
11:25 am

Whatever happened to suspending for a quarter or two….geez….some of this stuff is so overblown.

gbal

August 27th, 2012
11:40 am

WNE – Agree… and “OPEN INFORMATION ACTS” ….. Everybody is entitled to know!

gbal

August 27th, 2012
11:43 am

ALL this said….. back in the past it was just out having a few beers and 18 was the age…. NOW… Other drugs are a major problem not just for these atheletes but the student body as a whole… The atheletes are just the ones tested and therefore reported… It is a major problem.

too tough 44

August 27th, 2012
11:51 am

If a recruit at ANY level in college is suspended for drug or felony violations..they should NOT be allowed to transfer to another school or the NFL with out sitting out a year! Also, Roger clemons…lol..he is a liar and should NOT be alowed back in baseball..nor the HOF.

UGA football fans

August 27th, 2012
12:07 pm

facebook.com/ugafootballfans

5150 UOAD`

August 27th, 2012
12:13 pm

Mark Richt's Goatee

August 27th, 2012
12:14 pm

Mark Richt lost control of the SEC, didnt he.

Mark Richt's Goatee

August 27th, 2012
12:15 pm

UGA has always led the NCAA

August 27th, 2012
12:19 pm

UGA with Vince Dooley at the helm, led to the creation of the SUPER divisons in NCAA football about 23-25 years ago. Major schools could control their TV exposure destiny $$ better as a result. Tom Osborne of Nebraska coaching fame also participated. Osborn became a US Congressman later on.

UGA did improve their academic standards, and not 100% because of Jan Kemp. They were able to elevate their admission standards PRIMARILY as a result of HOPE and then Gov. Zell Miller.

At that same time UGA President Dr Terry Knapp (like him or not) led to the then NEW standard of accepting only 3? kids per year with low GPAs. THAT HURT UGA for awhile, until other schools followed suit. The SEC was very slow in accepting this and to this day, Alabama and UT and LSU and one or two others do not follow suit. UGA still does ok. Fine.

UGA under CMR, led THE ENTIRE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UNIVERSE for years with the stiff penalties for jocks that cause problems and we are NOW SEEING OTHER SCHOOLS HAVE THE GUTS to follow suit.

UGA kids are just like Notre Dame’s kids from inner city Gary, Indiana or Chicago. Syracuse, U of NC or Miami U or Florida or FSU or Alabama all have to deal with these kids BECAUSE they do not have the home life that kids need, so they grow up troubled.

UGA has at least set the tone and the NEW direction for NCAA to follow and kids can attend a Montgomery State and do what they want to do or leave football for the streets.

NFL is also wising up.

This NEW DIRECTION with these kids should have taken place 10-15 years ago. A college education is not a jobs program.

Go Dogs.

Not surprised....

August 27th, 2012
12:28 pm

What do they all have in common?

SEC! SEC! SEC! SEC!

Ditto ............history dog !!

August 27th, 2012
12:33 pm

Major college football ought to be similar to Ivy League ball. Their alumni enjoy their games, whether a kid is NFL bound or not. Often, one or two kids from that league will turn pro.

Football to 80% of the now juniors and seniors in high school is a CAREER $$ destination, if only in their individual minds. THEY BELIEVE they will play pro ball. This is their entire focus ………. that is fine. Goals are wonderful.

A fine university is an impediment to that, in their minds. THEY CARE LESS ABOUT COLLEGE, ACADEMICS and COLLEGE LIFE. CARE LESS !!!

There should be a revamping of the NCAA major conferences and those 4 and 5 star kids that desire to jump to a PRO farm team can. A 18, 19 year old can for two or three years with a contract turn pro out of HS and earn a modest salary of $30,000 per year and while in PRO camp, work out and play intra league football games as a MINOR LEAGUE players just like in baseball. If they make it great, If not, football is over. They were paid along the way which is exactly what schools are considering now. THAT IDEA is dumb. Let the NFL do that.

The kids that desire to play NCAA ball can only do that for 4 years period. No red shirting. 4 years or not at all. To me, the game would still be UGA vs Florida or Auburn of UT or Vandy and footballs would be in the air in Athens.

The alumni ( all over the USA) want this transition to be sooner, rather than later. We are disgusted with today’s kids that cannot conduct themselves within the law on scholarships. Let them go STRAIGHT to the NFL and live that life and let the pro player market EVENTUALLY determine their lifestyles, NOT some college coach that recruited a TROUBLED unknown.

Go Dawgs

Auburn Grad

August 27th, 2012
12:36 pm

“historydog
August 27th, 2012
8:39 am Colleges need to do away with scholarships and let the NFL form a farm system like the pro baseball teams have.”

AMEN!

Tampa Gator

August 27th, 2012
12:37 pm

Not surprised….
August 27th, 2012
12:28 pm
“What do they all have in common? SEC! SEC! SEC!”

When did Notre Dame, FSU, and Arkansas State become members of the SEC?

Tampa Gator

August 27th, 2012
12:42 pm

Not surprised……this is a national problem with many young people coming out of public schools today. There is little consequence for them in public school environments and are enabled from day one…..so why should they behave differently when they arrive on college campuses……the ones that do this crap….all over the country……simply have little knowledge or respect for personal responsiblity and lack understanding of proper behavior outside of their personal circles.

carolinajacket

August 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

I made the same suggetion of forming a minor league football system many years ago, when Danny Ford was breaing every rule in the book. It didn’t “take hold” and won’t now, but its still a good idea.

Tampa Gator

August 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

Ditto…..and History Dawg…..

Are you saying you can’t find people to mow your yards anymore and that is a problem for the both of you? You know, here is an idea. You can mow your yards yourself. That solves that problem for the two of you. And just as good an idea as the ones you two proposed about these kids.

A better solution……upgrade the entrance requirements for all programs and force the kids who want to play football in college and the NFL……and their parents/guardians……to put a greater emphasis on academics in middle and high school.

claytondawg

August 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

@historydog (8:39)…Great comment/post. Schools nor colleges can cure the ills of society; and, we are talking about a societal problem that will not go away soon, if ever–UNLESS, this country quits its entitlement programs. By the way, Go ‘Dogs!!! Just saw Tampa Gator’s post. Again, another great post dead-on.

Tampa Gator

August 27th, 2012
12:53 pm

carolinajacket……

It is still a bad idea…….but I am sure it would be a league that Danny Ford would thrive in.

HardTruth Here

August 27th, 2012
12:54 pm

O.k. Guess it’s time to drop facts again. First this social Media B.S. has taken over and a kid that’s problematic is so exposed over things that coaches used to make you run hills for till you purked your guts out. This woke athletes up and they didn’t do it again. That Auburn Kid should have been out there on the bleachers at two in the morning, I’ll bet you by three A.M. he would’ve never touched a beer again this season. Secondly(I cringe to say this) Black Athletes seem to catch a lot more attention in the Media when it comes to negative attention (But what’s New). Prime examples: Z Mattenbeger was kicked off the team for sexual assault basically and it’s been a dead story since he went to Juco. Patrick Kerney(I know he was a pro) left Atlanta immediately after the Rape incident with the Girl at his home and the media ripped M. Vick to pieces over a Dog. A woman vs a dog, guess we know who’s on the higher level. Oh and lets not forget the double dose of “Big Ben” Rothlisberger two years in a row. Mark Richt, Brian Kelley, Jimbo Fisher, Derek Dooley, Pete Carroll(when he was at USC) and Urban Myer just to name a few high profile coaches will always push these young men out the door quickly when it comes to the saving of themselves.Somebody need to wake a lot of you Bloggers up thinking that these Young Boys/ Young Men have it made. I tell you what you try having classes, practice, training, film study, and weight training while having a life people always want something from you. The road may look Gold, but trust me it a helluva road t travel.

Tampa Gator

August 27th, 2012
12:54 pm

claytondawg….

But you will not like my response to history dawg.

HardTruth Here

August 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

Sorry about the typo’s

howard

August 27th, 2012
12:57 pm

Funny how our society crucifies cigarette smokers and yet turns a blind eye to alcohol which plays a huge role in probably 75% of these arrests and suspensions…I’d bet a pack of cigarettes had nothing to do with the travails of guys like Isaiah Crowell and Tyrann Mathieu and co. Oh and as for Nick Saban having no discipline problems…take a look at him real closely next time. Would you wanna go in his office and face him if you had been busted for a DUI, a gun charge, beating your girlfriend or been in a bar brawl?? Hell, the guy made a Miami Dolphins lineman cry when he was down here. That’s what it takes to keep these thugs under control…take no prisoners and be a 100% pure —hole to these kids. That and letting these prima donnas know they’re very expendable if they screw up.

Amp1

August 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

The jerk that stated,mother lost a son to drinking so everybody’s son has to stop was as insensitive as u can be.I imagine if u lost someone to a drinking related accident then your outlook woul b completely different.These kids have no business drinking when they r underage.Yall keep tlkn bout the 70s,this is not those times.And I’m sure people got hurt.

Tampa Gator

August 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

Howard…..

I am not sure if you are describing Nick Saban or a someone who used to own lots of land and controlled people to work without pay on it…..just saying.