Clarence Famer dismissed from team

Clarence Farmer's rocky career at Arizona appears to be over. Head Coach Mike Hankwitz announced after Tuesday's practice that Farmer has been removed from the team for "undisclosed reasons". This ends an up and down career for one of the best running backs in school history.

Farmer, a senior, leaves Arizona as the school's sixth leading career rusher with 2530 yards. He was just 41 yards away from surpassing David Adams for fifth all time in school history.

Due to privacy laws the team can't comment on the exact nature of Farmer's dismissal, but it ends a rocky career that never seemed to go smoothly once Dick Tomey left as head coach.

As a true freshman, under Tomey, Farmer rushed for 666 yards and five scores, coming on strong midway through the season. His mix of speed and power had Wildcat fans drooling over the possibilities.

Those possibilities were further realized the next year. With Mackovic's wide-open offense in place, Farmer gained 1,229 yards and scored 10 times, despite being in and out of Mackovic's doghouse. ESPN's camera caught much of the conflict between the two and aired it during their documentary The Season. Mackovic repeatedly feuded with the talented runner, butting heads over Farmer's fiery attitude and difficulties pass blocking.

Last year Farmer struggled, then got injured early in the season. Save for the Wisconsin game, Farmer never got on track and blew out his knee against North Texas in the fourth game of the year. Farmer gained just 309 yards, but picked up 131 of those in the 31-10 loss to the Badgers.

This past offseason Farmer and Mackovic again butted heads and this time Farmer was suspended for all of spring drills. Farmer was reinstated for the preseason, but was used only sparingly by Mackovic. In the first five games Farmer carried the ball just 51 times for 170 yards. After Mackovic's dismissal it looked like Farmer might have a second life with the program. He only had six carries against Washington State, but against UCLA he started the game and carried 25 times for 122 yards and things looked to be getting better.

Farmer leaves as one of the most maddening players to come through the program. He had all the ability to be a first round draft pick, but now one has to question how far his stock will fall.

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