Syracuse cornerback Clayton leaves school

Updated: April 23, 2006, 5:09 PM ET
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Senior cornerback Marcus Clayton of the Syracuse Orange has withdrawn from school and returned to his Florida home, effectively ending his college career.

Head coach Greg Robinson said Clayton wanted to work and support a 4-month-old child. Robinson said Clayton left the program about two weeks ago.

Clayton, who played in all but one game last season, had a shot at starting this fall. He did not practice this spring after surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

Meanwhile, the university was successful in its appeal to get wide receiver Lavar Lobdell's freshman year of eligibility reinstated by the NCAA.

Lobdell played against West Virginia and Buffalo last year before a shoulder problem forced him to the sidelines for the rest of the season. He had surgery to correct the problem and participated in spring practice.

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