Texas A&M lost two potential contributors on defense when coach Kevin Sumlin dismissed sophomores Darian Claiborne and Isaiah Golden from the program on Tuesday.
Claiborne and Golden were arrested in February in Bryan, Texas. Golden was charged with marijuana possession and Cliaborne was cited for excessive noise, a misdemeanors. Claiborne also was arrested on a pot possession charge in December and subsequently suspended from the Click-Fil-A Bowl win over Duke.
“These two individuals have failed to meet the high expectations and standards that we have for our football players and as representatives of this university,” Sumlin said in a statement. “These two players have exhibited a pattern of behavior that we will not tolerate at Texas A&M.”
Claiborne started nine games at linebacker last season and led all Southeastern Conference freshmen with 89 tackles and his team with seven tackles for loss.
Golden started in six games as a true freshman last season and had 30 tackles, including three tackles for loss. He was named the SEC All-Freshman team.