Nine SMU football players have been notified that their athletic scholarships will not be renewed for the 2009 season and that they they no longer a part of the program.
The players are: CB De'Von Bailey, LB Taylor Bon, RB Ben Goldthorpe, LB Julian Herron, DE Jordan Johnson, CB Deyon McElroy, LB Alex Odiari, OL Andrew Robiskie and DE Anthony Sowe.
All are being released for either reportedly breaking a team rule or violating school policy. They will remain at SMU for spring semester classes.
SMU coach June Jones released the following statement regarding the roster changes:
"A few student-athletes failed to adhere to our department policies and/or team rules, and because of that, they are no longer part of our program," Jones said. "We are sensitive to the fact that these decisions impact people's lives, and with that in mind, we have made arrangements for these student-athletes for scholarships at other institutions should they wish to continue their education and football careers. We wish these young men the best in their future endeavors."
-- BOBBI ROQUEMORE