MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia football coach Bill
Stewart dismissed three players charged with felony possession of
marijuana with the intent to deliver.
Linebacker John Holmes,
defensive lineman James Ingram and running back Ed Collington were
kicked off for a violation of team rules, Stewart said in a statement Thursday. None was a starter.
"These three players are dismissed from all aspects of the
Mountaineer football family," Stewart said.
They will, however, retain their scholarships through the end of
the school year, pending the legal process.
The Monongalia County sheriff's department says the three were
acting suspiciously as they left an apartment complex Tuesday night
and were later pulled over for speeding.
After smelling a strong
odor of marijuana, deputies searched the vehicle and found
individually wrapped bags of marijuana.
After Ingram allegedly told a deputy he had illegal drugs at his
apartment, investigators found marijuana and bags used to package
the drug in a bedroom.
Holmes, a junior from Rockledge, Fla., played in all 13 games
last season. He had 39 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
Collington played in seven games last season. The junior from
Pittsburgh rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
Ingram, a sophomore from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, played in five
games and recorded two tackles.
On Wednesday, Stewart stressed character when he announced the
signing of two dozen recruits. He pointed to former Georgia Tech
coach Bobby Ross, a friend and mentor who instilled in him the
desire to find players of solid character.
Stewart talked Wednesday about expectations off the field,
citing West Virginia's 48-28 victory over Oklahoma in the Jan. 2
Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. Stewart was then the interim coach
after Rich Rodriguez had left for Michigan.
"We were in the desert, had casinos over here, dance halls over
there. Pockets full of money," Stewart said. "We had 125 young
men. Eight days, seven nights -- one curfew bust.
"Coaching did not win the Fiesta Bowl. Chemistry, teammates,
character, doing things the right way, being accountable, being
responsible. That's the reason we won the Fiesta Bowl."
Stewart appears to be taking a tougher stance on disciplinary
matters than his predecessor.
Jones pleaded guilty as a sophomore in 2003 to a misdemeanor
battery charge resulting from a bar fight and received a year's
probation in court. He was never suspended from the team.
Henry was disciplined three times during his final season in
He didn't start one game for previous on-the-field antics, sat
out the first half of another game for receiving two
unsportsmanslike conduct penalties in a previous contest, and was
suspended for the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh for an
undisclosed violation of team rules.