MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia linebacker Branko Busick was dismissed from the team Tuesday, less than 24 hours after he was charged with an armed robbery at a Morgantown apartment building.
WVU coach Dana Holgorsen issued a statement saying Busick had been cut from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He refused to comment further.
Morgantown police say the 20-year-old redshirt sophomore from Steubenville, Ohio, was arrested Monday evening. He was arraigned Tuesday before Monongalia County Magistrate Hershel Mullins in a videoconference with the North Central Regional Jail and freed on $25,000 bond.
A court official said Busick’s father posted the amount with a property bond. Nick Busick is the former WWF wrestler Big Bully Busick.
Branko Busick does not yet have an attorney, according to court records. His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 1 before Magistrate Jim Nabors.
In a statement issued by the Morgantown Police Department, Officer Justin Judy said a person called authorities at 5:14 p.m. Monday claiming a man had pointed a gun at him and two others, demanding money. When the victim said he had none, the man began hitting him with the weapon.
The victim told police he was struck repeatedly before being forced out of the apartment and into the street. He waited there until they arrived, then led police to the apartment.
Inside, officers found three men and a woman. Only Busick was arrested.
For Busick, a college playing career that seemed about to get off the ground is now over.
He was expected to battle for the starting middle linebacker position this season. He saw limited playing in 2010, hitting the field for two games then suffering a hand injury.
Busick was an Associated Press Ohio Division IV Defensive Co-Player of the Year and AP Division IV-VI first-team All-Ohio, recording more than 120 tackles, 17 tackles for losses and five forced fumbles on defense.
His player biography says he also rushed for 580 yards and scored 14 touchdowns as a fullback on offense, and accumulated more than 300 career tackles at Steubenville High.
He turns 21 on Friday.