Academic issues for LB Maresh

Updated: June 1, 2010, 5:17 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Minnesota linebacker Sam Maresh, who worked his way back from heart surgery to play college football, has left school because of academic issues.

Maresh's father Bill told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that his son soon will begin classes at a local community college and likely will enroll in a junior college this fall, missing the 2010 season. Maresh, who underwent heart valve replacement surgery in June 2008, redshirted last season but went through spring practice and competed for time at one of three vacant starting spots at linebacker.

The former Minnesota high school star also received two citations for underage drinking and is going through counseling. Maresh hopes to return to FBS football and would be welcomed back at Minnesota if he restores his academic eligibility.

"He knows everything that has happened is because of the choices he made," Bill Maresh told the Star Tribune. "He knows he did this to himself. But, like with most things, once you accept that responsibility you start making improvements."

Maresh, who also dealt with a benign mass in his leg last winter, returned to practice with Minnesota on March 24, 2009, less than nine months after his heart surgery.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.

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