Trio Dismissed for Academic Reasons

Immediately after being named head coach Mike Gundy said his team was going to do things the right way. Gundy continued to show that to be the case in the Cowboy program Monday when he announced that he had dismissed three scholarship players from the squad. Gone are junior safety Jeremy Nethon, junior offensive guard Doug Bond and redshirt freshman defensive end William Bell.

Checking several sources this afternoon we confirmed that all three players were dismissed for academic reasons. Gundy has been adamant that his players will attend class, cooperate fully with Assistant Athletic Director for Student Affairs and Director of Academic Services for Student-Athlete Marilyn Middlebrook, and chief football advisor and former OSU player Terry Henley. That means they attend all tutoring sessions and be responsible in their dealings with the academic staff and faculty on campus.

Nethon had been in trouble in this area before about the same time that Andrew Alexander was dismissed from the team. But at that time sources said Gundy felt that Nethon was serious about making a stronger effort toward academics and simply got away with a warning. Bonds had some trouble in the past in meeting his academic requirements. We had not heard any information on Bell, nor did we hear anything further in our inquiries Monday.

Nethon had a solid spring and was likely going to be on the two-deep depth chart at strong safety heading into preseason practice in August. The former All-State player from Beggs had 10 tackles last season, many of those coming on special teams.

Bond started one game last season against Iowa State and also played as a back up in several other contests. He would likely have been second or third team going into August.

Bell came in as a Top 100 Texas player last season, but was too thin to see any action as a freshman. Bell missed all of spring practice because of knee surgery and would have been deep on the depth chart entering the season.

The press release from the OSU Media Relations Office did not say exactly what the academic standing of the three players is and what their prospect would be of transferring. If academically eligible they could transfer and sit out for a season. If not, they will need to get eligible before going to a four-year school. Bell would be eligible to attend a junior college and then transfer back to a four-year school.

The NCAA's new APR (Academic Progress Rating) is going to cause all programs to tighten down the screws academically with their squads.

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