Monday, October 09, 2006

It's a beer bust

Five University of Connecticut football players, three of whom played in Saturday night’s 38-16 loss to South Florida in Tampa, Fla., were dismissed from the team Monday by head coach Randy Edsall for a violation of team rules.

Junior defensive back Ricky McCollum, redshirt freshman wide receiver Todd Dorcelus, junior defensive end Harold Stanback, redshirt freshman linebacker Carl Teague and sophomore receiver Nollis Dewar were all caught entering the lobby of the Tampa Marriott Westshore with beer on Friday night, according to sources.

Of the five dismissed, only Teague, 19, was under the legal drinking age. Edsall had no comment on Monday.

All five players were backups. Three of the five played against South Florida on Saturday. Stanback, from Temple Hills, Md., and Dewar, from Windsor, had played in all five games this season. McCollum has played in three.

McCollum played considerably Saturday after starting safety Allan Barnes went down with a pulled hamstring. McCollum made three tackles. Barnes was starting only because Dahna Deleston of East Hartford was left in Storrs earlier Friday for arriving 40 minutes late for a team meeting.

Stanback did not make a tackle and Dewar did not make a catch on Saturday. Neither Teague or Dorcelus had played a game.

The announcement comes three weeks after junior starting safety Marvin Taylor was dismissed after an arrest for illegal use of a credit card.

The Huskies (2-3) play host to Army at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Saturday at noon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I know Edsall has been tightlipped about this whole incident. But did you ever get any indication as to why three of the players were allowed to play on Saturday?

October 10, 2006 3:49 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

I will answer this question in the blog.

October 10, 2006 6:49 PM 

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