Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik said on Friday afternoon that all four players are off the team and will not be allowed to return.
"The players arrested in connection with this deeply troubling incident have been permanently dismissed from our football team," Chizik said on Friday afternoon. "While we realize the legal process will run its course and these young men have a right for their case to be heard, playing for Auburn University is an honor and a privilege. It is not a right.
"We hold our student-athletes to a high standard of conduct on and off the field as representatives of Auburn University, and this kind of behavior is not tolerated," Chizik said.
"I am extremely disappointed and embarrassed by the actions of these individuals," the coach added. "I want to personally apologize to all of those who were impacted by this senseless act, including the victims, Auburn University and the Auburn family."
Auburn director or athletics, Jay Jacobs, said on Friday, "This type of behavior will not be tolerated at Auburn. I fully support Coach Chizik's swift and decisive action to dismiss these four student-athletes from our football team effective immediately."
McNeil, 22 who is from Davidson High School in Mobile, started this past season as a junior safety. He sat out the entire 2009 season with an injury.
Kitchens played as a reserve receiver and saw action on special teams this past fall as a true freshman. He is 19 years old from Banneker High School in College Park, Ga.
Antonio Goodwin, 20, is a true freshman from Washington High in Atlanta. He saw action on special teams and played briefly as a wide receiver.
Dakota Mosley, a 19-year-old freshman tight end from Little Rock Christian Academy in Little Rock, Ark., was redshirted and did not play for the Tigers last season.
The Auburn police reported this information on the arrest:
"On Friday, March 11, 2011, the Auburn Police Division arrested four people and charged each of them with five counts of Robbery 1st Degree, one count of Burglary 1st Degree, and one count of Theft of Property 3rd Degree. They are identified as Antonio M. Goodwin, age 20, Kowaski Q. Kitchens, age 19, Michael A. McNeil, age 22, and Harrison D. Mosley, age 19. All list an Auburn address.
"At approximately 12:25 a.m. this same date officers responded to a residence located in the 2300 block of Lee Road 137 (Wire Road) in reference to the report of a robbery that had just occurred.
"According to the five victims present, three black males entered the residence with one displaying a handgun. Personal property was stolen during the incident. No injuries were reported. A patrolman responding to the area observed what he believed to be the suspect vehicle based on a description he was given. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 1200 block of Wire Road and four suspects were taken into custody.
"A pistol and the stolen property was recovered at the scene. Goodwin, Kitchens, McNeil, and Mosley were transported to the Lee County Detention Center where each is currently being held on a $511,000 bond."