Updates from Sunday, August 3
ESPN Texas and Chip Brown of HornsDigest.com passed along updates on the status of Jalen Overstreet and Chevoski Collins from head coach Charlie Strong:
Charlie Strong confirms Chevoski Collins, Joe Bergeron, Jalen Overstreet dismissed.— ESPN Texas (@ESPNTexas) August 3, 2014
Charlie Strong said WRs Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, who were charged with sexual assault, have been dismissed from the team.— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownHD) August 3, 2014
Desmond Harrison, Daje Johnson, Josh Turner suspended, per Charlie Strong.— ESPN Texas (@ESPNTexas) August 3, 2014
Texas head football coach Charlie Strong dismissed running back Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins from the team Thursday due to undisclosed violations of team rules.
Taylor Gaspar of Orangebloods.com first reported the news, noting the pair were two of the four players banned from the Moncrief Complex, the team's athletics facility where the Longhorns are currently beginning preparations for the 2014 season.
Earlier in the day, wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were arrested and charged with second-degree felony sexual assault following an incident last month, per ESPN. Sanders and Meander could face up to 20 years in jail if found guilty and were also dismissed by Strong, who released a statement regarding the incident.
We've been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall and Montrel since it was brought to our attention. It's been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I'm extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that.
Gaspar's report did not indicate why Overstreet or Collins were dismissed. Neither has been in off-the-field trouble on the public record, and the university has not released a statement confirming either player's departure. Student-athlete privacy laws typically prevent universities from divulging too much behind-the-scenes information.
Overstreet, a rising sophomore, rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in limited playing time last season. He received a majority of his playing time in a Week 1 win over New Mexico State, rushing for 92 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. He appeared in nine games overall on special teams and as a backup running back.
The Longhorns return running backs Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray, but Overstreet was one injury away from an expanded role.
Collins, a redshirt freshman, was a highly touted prospect coming out of Livingston (Texas) High School. He was considered an athlete by most recruiting services and redshirted last season as he made the full-time move to defensive back. He was expected to be the primary backup behind senior Josh Turner at the free safety spot, although Turner has since been dismissed as well, per Chip Brown of Horns Digest. Without Collins, Texas might be scrambling for depth in its back line of defense.
The suspensions, however, continue an ongoing cleansing of the Texas program from Strong. A no-nonsense personality, the 53-year-old Arkansas native came over from Louisville promising a return to prominence and a straight-laced mindset from his players.
"They're searching for that. They want discipline," Strong told David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest. "They've heard so much about what they haven't done. Now, they want to prove to everyone that they can do it."
I get to Mexico and see that Charlie Strong is cleaning house. The man means business. I don't think this is the end either.— Dustin McComas (@DMcComasOB) July 25, 2014
Discipline for Strong has typically meant regimenting the lives of his players. Ubben's report notes that dorm rooms are even expected to be clean on a daily basis. But with Strong's iron fist comes difficult decisions.
More information will come to light regarding Collins and Overstreet in the coming days, but it's safe to say Charlie Strong is putting his stamp on the program. For better or for worse.
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