It appears the West Virginia Mountaineers are ready to part ways with troubled wide receiver Ronald Carswell.
After he was suspended for last week's overtime victory over TCU for an unspecified violation of team rules, Carswell's name is not included on the Mountaineers' preliminary depth chart for this week's home game against the Texas Longhorns.
Sources tell BGS that Ronald Carswell has been dismissed for violation of team rules— BlueGoldSports.com (@Blue_GoldSports) November 4, 2013
Well, that didn't take long. I'm now assured by a source that Ronald Carswell is no longer on the team. We'll have to sort this out soon.— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) November 4, 2013
On Tuesday, coach Dana Holgorsen told media that Carswell had been suspended indefinitely from the team, and that his status with the Mountaineers going forward would be re-evaluated at the end of the season.
Holgorsen says Ronald Carswell is suspended indefinitely. Will revisit his status after the season. #WVU— Geoff Coyle (@GFCoyle) November 5, 2013
It is reported that Carswell had made the trip with the Mountaineers to Fort Worth for the TCU game, leading to rumors that the incident resulting in his suspension and apparent dismissal occurred in Texas.
Mario Alford, another junior college transfer, stepped into Carswell's place on the roster for the TCU game, making three catches for 62 yards.
A former standout recruit at Alabama, Carswell transferred to WVU this year after being suspended for the Crimson Tide's 2012 spring season. He spent the 2012 season playing for Itawamba (Miss.) Community College.
Carswell's suspension from the Crimson Tide was also for unspecified reasons.
Coach Dana Holgorsen has prohibited summertime enrollees from speaking to the media this season, reports WV MetroNews. However, in a preseason interview with his hometown newspaper, Carswell said the immaturity issues that plagued him while he was at Alabama are behind him.
“I won’t say I was cocky back then,” Carswell said. “But I was, let’s say, over confident. I didn’t think that anything bad could happen to me, and I still had a lot of growing up to do. I made some mistakes, and I paid the price.”
Unfortunately for Carswell, and for the Mountaineers staff who believed in him, it appears he hadn't left his past completely behind him.
Carswell is fourth on the 2013 Mountaineers roster in receptions with 20 and second in yards with 413. He's scored two touchdowns, including a 69-yarder in the team's win over William & Mary.
Carswell wouldn't be the first West Virginia player to be dismissed from the program this season. Redshirt linebacker d'Vante Henry was let go in September after being charged with sexual assault. Prior to the season, defensive lineman Korey Harris was booted from the team after allegedly committing an armed robbery.
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