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QB Schmidtke to be released from football agreement

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Top quarterback prospect Calvin Schmidtke
will be released from his agreement to play football at Washington
State University next season.

Cougars coach Paul Wulff made the announcement Wednesday, saying,
"We feel this is in the best interest of both Washington State
University and Calvin."

Schmidtke was arrested in Pierce County recently for
investigation in a variety of traffic and controlled substance
violations.

The Lakes High School star was one of the top players in the
state last season, passing for 2,724 yards and 37 touchdowns.
Schmidtke was one of 25 players signed in Wulff's first recruiting
class in February in Pullman.

Schmidtke would have enrolled at Washington State in the fall.
He is still in high school.

According to The News Tribune of Tacoma, Schmidtke has received
11 citations from law enforcement during the past 18 months, seven
of them for traffic violations.

The Washington State football team recently lost eight
scholarships when it failed to meet the NCAA's Academic Progress
Rate standards for the past four years. Several players have been
in trouble with the law.

Wulff was hired in December to replace Bill Doba. He has vowed
to clean up the Cougars' program.