Summers violated athletic department policy

Updated: March 2, 2005, 9:50 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina dismissed leading rusher Demetris Summers from the team Tuesday for violating athletics department policy.

"There are certain policies and rules that our student-athletes must follow and unfortunately, Demetris chose to violate those," coach Steve Spurrier said in a statement. "That's where we are with this and we'll move on from here."

Summers ran for 1,125 yards and four touchdowns over the past two seasons, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. The sophomore also had 23 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdown catches.

Summers' dismissal comes about a month after six South Carolina players were charged after a total of $18,000 worth of computer and video equipment and framed photographs were taken from South Carolina's stadium Nov. 22.

Summers, a highly touted in-state recruit, holds the state high school record with 9,076 career yards rushing and 127 touchdowns.


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