Ashley suspended; Strong vows to help DB

Darius Ashley's second DUI in the past year has resulted in an indefinite suspension from Louisville coach Charlie Strong.

Darius Ashley's second DUI in the past year has resulted in an indefinite suspension from Louisville coach Charlie Strong.

Ashley, a junior cornerback from Cincinnati who intercepted two passes last season, was suspended from Louisville's Beef O'Brady bowl game for a DUI in December. Last weekend, the 5'8 Ashley received his second DUI after rear-ending a police car at a stop light. Strong said Ashley will remain on scholarship.

"Players have an obligation and a responsibility…to represent this program the right way," Strong said Friday. "They have to realize they are responsible for their own actions. As a coach, when a player fails we all fail.

"Darius Ashley may never run down that field or make another tackle. He may not make another interception on this field. But our major concern for him is to help him tackle what he's facing right now, the issue of alcoholism. We're in this program to help young and prepare them for life."

Strong noted that Ashley boosts over a 3.0 GPA in Louisville's business program.

"He's a very talented young man, but the decision he made can't happen in this program," Strong said. "As a coaching staff, we have to provide help [to Ashley]. We can help get his life headed in the right direction. That's what we're going to do so he doesn't make this decision again."


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