Oct 22, 2011; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide mascot Big Al carries a flag after a touchdown against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Dismisses Four Players Involved in Arrest From Program


The four Alabama Crimson Tide football players who were arrested earlier this month on felony burglary charges and fraudulent use of a debit/credit card have learned their fate with the program. Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced two weeks ago that the players were suspended indefinitely, but now he has brought down the hammer and announced that all four players have been dismissed from the team.

That means running back Brent Calloway, linebacker Tyler Hayes, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway and defensive back Eddie Williams will be looking to continue their college football careers elsewhere.

Saban released a statement on the issue:

“Based on all the information we’ve received and gone through and tried to determine the future of the four guys that got in trouble, those guys are no longer associated with the football program. Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect. It’s obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened.

“I also think that I’ve been really proud of over the last five years that our team has done a very good job and shown personal responsibility and how they represent the university, what they’ve done in the community, in the classroom, off the field. And they’re going to continue to do as much as we can in personal development, character development in our program with education to try to help guys have a chance to be more successful in life.

“Some people learn by words, some people learn by consequences, some people can’t learn.”

The incident that involved the four players was a serious black eye for the program that is currently sitting atop the college football landscape, so it would have been a major mistake for Alabama to choose to do anything but remove the players from the program.

It was the correct call.

Alabama can now put the embarrassing situation behind them and focus on the real goal — winning a third-straight national championship.

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  • patferr

    Well, I guess the Police had irrefutable evidence, or confessions from all 4 for Saban to dismiss them from the team, otherwise, it seems like these guys were GUILTY until proven innocent. I agree, if they confessed and the evidence is overpowering, then he did the right thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bink-Miller/100002002515659 Bink Miller

      I know at least one of the guys confessed.

  • Doug Cuthbert

    My hats goes off to you Coach Saban

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bink-Miller/100002002515659 Bink Miller

    I remember when Courtney Upshaw cold cocked his girlfriend on the strip and I thought he was toast but I guess he was worth saving and he turned out ok. These guys are bad news and glad Bama had the stones to kick em to the curb. They were looking for guys to roll.

  • http://www.facebook.com/parkerjposu81 Jordan Parker

    These guys were expendable, otherwise they’d still be on the team

    • http://www.facebook.com/jaydubyajay Jerry James

      They were expendable because they were guilty. That is why they are no longer on the team. GUILTY !!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jimy.crakho Jimy Crakho

      Jordan, your an idiot, you have no idea what you are talking about. When it comes to conduct like what these 4 displayed, EVERYBODY is expendable…period.

  • Tide supporter

    Jordan parker you are a jealous hater and your comments indicate what a loser you are.Alabama exemplifies class and you obviously dont have a clue what that is.i would be willing to bet you are either an auburn or tennessee fan due to your inability to handle having your tail handed to you by the tide.save your comments for that loser crowd haters arent welcome here.

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