Austin, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Texas coach Charlie Strong confirmed the dismissal of five players and the indefinite suspension of three others for undisclosed violations, stressing the team has core values that must be strictly followed.
In his first public comment regarding the dismissal, Strong announced the removal of running backs Joe Bergeron and Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins from the team. All three players have been granted a release to transfer.
Strong also confirmed receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander have been removed from the program after they were arrested on sexual assault charges last month.
He added running back/receiver Daje Johnson, offensive tackle Desmond Harrison and safety Josh Turner will be suspended for at least the first game of the season.
All three players will practice with the team when the Longhorns begin fall camp Monday, and Strong has not decided how many games they will miss. Each was suspended for the same undisclosed violation.
“We have core values within this program. We expect our players to abide by those values,” said Strong, who laid out five — honesty, treating women with respect and no drugs, stealing or guns — in his first meeting with his new players in January.
“With the core values, I say it all the time — if a young man doesn’t want to be part of this program, just go break a core value of this program. You’ll be telling me a lot about where you want to stand,” he added.
Harrison, Johnson and Turner were all likely to start for Texas this season. Johnson is one of the Longhorns’ top playmakers, a junior who has accounted for 1,330 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns in his career.
Harrison, a senior, was the starting left tackle in spring practices and Turner, also a senior, has started five games and played in 32 more.
Since taking over in January, Strong has now officially dismissed seven players from his program, including backups Chet Moss and Leroy Scott, who were kicked off the team in March.
“We have 85 guys on scholarship,” Strong said. “If you look at it and 80 of them are doing it the right way, why can’t the rest of them?”