Brendon Clements return to the Navy football team ended up being shorter than all would have hoped. Clements has once again found a way to get himself dismissed from the Naval Academy football team. This was confirmed by Scott Strasemeier, the senior associate athletic director for sports information at the academy. The initial speculation occurred after the Mids released an updated football roster on Friday that did not include Clements name.
Clements was on the finest of fine lines with the Mids and he knew it. A violation of team rules in late January saw the defensive back being removed from the roster on February 2. The incident was eventually revealed to be a charge of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace at 2:13 a.m. The incident was later dropped and Clements was brought back onto the team.
Once again though Clements has fallen afoul of head coach Ken Niumatalolo and has been kicked off of the team for a breach of team rules. It appears that whatever happened this time with Clements was minor, substantially more so than the previous infraction, but that because Clements was already on thin ice the options for Niumatalolo and his staff were incredibly limited.
It is hard to see Clements making his way back onto the team again at this point. One dismissal for team rules violations can be recovered from, but to do so a second time just seems very unlikely. If Clements is done at Navy it is a shame both for the player and for the staff who have invested time and energy in helping the player get past his problems.
Navy will be hurt by this on the field too. Clements was an honorable mention FBS All-Independent selection as s freshmen with 49 tackles, four pass break ups, and three picks. He increased his production as a sophomore with 58 tackles, before picking up a solid 53 stops as a junior. He was primed for a big role in a navy defense that, like the offense, has been hit hard by graduations.