Reports from al.com indicate that Auburn wide receiver DeAngelo Benton was dismissed from the team late Wednesday afternoon for violating team rules.
Even after head coach Gene Chizik issued a statement to the media, the particulars of which team rules were violated remain a little cloudy.
"We have standards and expectations that our football team is expected to uphold, and when they do not abide by those, there are consequences," said the disappointed coach.
What is also cloudy is Benton’s past—one filled with close-calls and questionable decisions.
Benton was in the group of Tigers who testified in the trial of former teammate Antonio Goodwin earlier this year. Then the wide receiver admitted to smoking "spice," a synthetic form of marijuana that was legal at the time.
Additionally, Benton’s name was implicated in the June 9 fight that preceded the tragic Auburn shooting nearly three months ago.
Though the particulars of this most recent incident remain unknown, it appears that the underachieving receiver has finally proven to be more trouble than he is worth.
With Benton’s recent departure, Tigers fans and coaches will depend on the combination of Trovon Reed, Travante Stallworth and Quan Bray to create a legitimate receiving option opposite Emory Blake and Philip Lutzenkirchen.
Follow Jeff Jones on Twitter for the most up to date information on Auburn Tigers football and recruiting https://twitter.com/JeffJones99