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VanDarius Cowan kicked off team; LB corps gets thinner

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    University of Alabama freshman linebacker VanDarius Cowan has been dismissed from the football team for a violation of team rules, according to an announcement Monday from the UA athletics department.

    “VanDarius has been dismissed from the team and is no longer a part of our football program due to a violation of team rules,” Coach Nick Saban said in the statement Monday morning. “Each of us has a responsibility to represent The University of Alabama in a first-class way, and failure to meet those standards can’t be tolerated. We wish VanDarius the very best in the future.”

    Cowan, 19, from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was projected to be a contender for playing time in 2018.

    The dismissal comes less than a week after Tuscaloosa Police charged Cowan with misdemeanor assault. The statement did not address the arrest.

    The arrest was related to an incident at a Tuscaloosa bar last month.

    Cowan was charged with third-degree assault, Tuscaloosa Police confirmed. He turned himself in Thursday and immediately posted $500 bond without having to go to jail, which isn’t uncommon for misdemeanor charges through TPD.

    According to the police report, Cowan is accused of punching Jesse Ray, 26, in the face at High Tide bar off the Strip early on the morning of June 23.

    Ray told The Tuscaloosa News that he was entering the bar as Cowan was leaving and said he did nothing to provoke him.

    He said he drove himself to the emergency room at DCH Regional Medical Center where he was treated for a gash on his lip that required seven stitches. He has a broken tooth and nerve damage, he said.

  • #2
    Didn't he get a Bama tat?

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    • #3
      SOB that hurts. I blame Jesse. He is old enough to know not to be out past midnight. (I don’t really blame Jesse)


      • #4
        I was never counting on him to be a rotation player given his HS history of being kicked off the team... Then dog housed last year... Just a shame his position happens to be one we are super thin at compared to the others.

        I'm really high on Benton. He seems to be the 3rd option and at least McMillon has some live reps... He's not the fastest but should hold up reasonably well if necessary.


        • #5
          As much as I hate the In Saban I Trust motto... at least this didn't happen in fall camp. CNS will have time to adjust for this. I believe.


          • #6
            Does that put us at 85?