Louisville Football: Rod Council Kicked Off Team

Gregory SalyerCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2008

Louisville Cornerback Rod Council has been dismissed from the team following his arrest for armed robbery in his home state of North Carolina.

As of Wednesday evening, he is being held on $50,000 bond for a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon. As a result, Kragthorpe got rid of him immediately, as he should.

“We do not tolerate that type of behavior in our football program,” coach Steve Kragthorpe said the incident. “Fortunately, no innocent bystanders were injured or harmed in the process.”

This is just ridiculous, the kid completely threw his life away.

First of all, what is Council doing in North Carolina in the middle of the week when he should be attending classes? Unless there was something else going on that I don't know about, his scholarship shouldn't be honored if he's pulling this crap and he should have to reimburse the university as far as I'm concerned.

Second, the sheriff's department issued a statement that said he pulled out “what looked to be a 9 mm Uzi." An UZI?!?!

More than likely, council probably had this Uzi when whenever he was on Louisville's campus whether it is in the dorms or even on him when he was walking around the campus.

What makes that any different than what happened at Virginia Tech or Northern Illinois. If the kid is robbing convenience stores, he obviously isn't mentally stable nor does he worry about putting the fate of others in his hands even if it involves using force. What if he snapped on campus one day?

I commend coach Kragthorpe for doing what he did, and quickly. It really comforts me as a fan to know that the University of Louisville is not a place where a thug can come to play football when his off the field problems won't cut it at a Michigan or a Notre Dame.

Granted there was the whole Willie Williams mistake but he screwed up and he was removed from the program. I applaud the Krag for running a first-class program, now if we could only win at home.

All in all, this sucks. It's unfortunate to the team that Council acted like a scumbag.

It's not like he was that great this past season, or like anyone in our secondary was that great but he was still a starter and currently, our best option in the secondary. Oh well though, with our recruits and if Woodny can step up in the secondary, we should be fine, or at least not any worse.