COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Linebacker Darian Claiborne and defensive lineman Isaiah Golden were dismissed from the Texas A&M football team Tuesday.
The dismissal came after both players were arrested on drug charges in the last few months.
“These two individuals have failed to meet the high expectations and standards that we have for our football players and as representatives of this university,” coach Kevin Sumlin said. “These two players have exhibited a pattern of behavior that we will not tolerate at Texas A&M.”
Claiborne, a Port Allen High graduate, was named to the SEC All-Freshman team after piling up 89 tackles, including seven for losses last season. He started nine games and forced two fumbles.
Golden appeared in 11 games as a freshman last season and had 30 tackles and three tackles for losses.
Both players were charged with aggravated robbery earlier Tuesday, according to a report from The Bryan-College Station Eagle.
ASSAULTED EX-PLAYER RESPONDS TO COMMANDS: The family of a former Minnesota State-Mankato football player said he’s responding to his neurosurgeon’s commands for the first time since being beaten more than three weeks ago.
Isaac Kolstad’s brother-in-law, Mike Felming, detailed Kolstad’s progress on a CaringBridge website Tuesday.
Fleming writes that Kolstad twice responded to his neurosurgeon’s verbal commands to give a thumbs-up.
Fleming said doctors have told the family that if Kolstad is able to follow a command, he will be “in the best place for a possible recovery.”
Kolstad suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury in a May 11 fight in downtown Mankato. He remains in critical condition.
Prosecutors have charged former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson, of Mankato, and Trevor Shelley, of St. Peter, with assaulting Kolstad.
SCHOOL UNVEILS NEW COMPLEX: Washington State athletic director Bill Moos was sure of one thing as he showed off the new $61 million Cougar Football Complex in Pullman, Washington.
Moos said Tuesday that Cougar football will take a back seat to nobody in terms of football facilities.
The five-story building houses all football operations for the Cougars, including locker room, weight room, cafeteria and coaches’ offices.
The building was made possible by the Pac-12’s lucrative television contract, which will pay the Cougars an average of $20.5 million a year for 12 years.
The team will move into its new building in mid-July.