Edsall: Prior arrests didn't factor in players' dismissal

Updated: October 20, 2006, 6:51 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Prior brushes with the law did not factor into Randy Edsall's decision to dismiss five players from the Connecticut football team earlier this month, the coach told ESPN's Heather Cox on Thursday.

Edsall announced Oct. 9 that the players had been dismissed because of their involvement in the purchase of beer the night before the Huskies' game at South Florida on Oct. 7.

It was reported this week that four of the five players had previous unrelated arrests -- three within the past 10 months -- but Edsall said the players would have been dismissed regardless.

"If I don't enforce my rules, I have no program," Edsall told Cox. "I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror in the morning and before I go to bed at night and know I adhered to my values and principles."

The players dismissed were freshman wide receiver Todd Dorcelus, junior defensive end Harold Stanback, junior safety/linebacker Ricky McCollum, sophomore wide receiver Nollis Dewar, and freshman linebacker Carl Teague.

Three of the players reportedly have said their dismissals involved the purchase of two six-packs of beer. Edsall, however, confirmed later reports that there were more than two six-packs.