WVU Dismisses Owens, Greene

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia has dismissed scholarship defensive lineman Tyree Owens and walk-on running back Kenyatta Greene for a “violation of team rules,” according to Associate Athletic Director for Communications Mike Fragale.

According to the Morgantown Police Department, the two were involved in an altercation outside Lux Nightclub in downtown Morgantown in the hours following WVU’s 41-17 win over Liberty. Owens, 19, and Greene, 19, were two of three people stabbed during the fight. The other was Jamal Calay, 20, of Silver Spring, Md. Police arrested Alderson Broaddus University basketball player Devin Gary Colston, 22, on three felony charges of malicious wounding. He is currently at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail and was booked at 5:50 p.m. on Monday.

West Virginia’s football team dismissed both Owens, a 6-4, 265-pound redshirt freshman from Oveido, Fla., and Greene, a 5-9, 175-pound redshirt freshman from Columbus, N.J. Neither player has ever appeared in a game.

“We are appreciative of the efforts of the Morgantown Police Department and thankful that those identified will make a full recovery,” Fragale said in an official statement. “Due to a violation of team rules, defensive lineman Tyree Owens and running back Kenyatta Greene are no longer on the football team.”

Police worked with downtown business owners to retrieve surveillance video from the fight and scoured social media postings of video from witnesses, WVMetroNews.com reported.

“That helped us to get to this point within 48 hours, a suspect in custody, after being identified and going to another county to apprehend him,” Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston told the site. “Mr. Colston is in custody because he committed the most serious offense. He’s the one that actually cut and stabbed the three individuals who ended up going to the hospital for treatment.”

Owens was a Scoutt.com three-star prospect in the 2014 signing class and the 11th-best defensive end in Florida. He chose WVU over 20 offers including Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Wisconsin, Boston College, N.C. State and Cincinnati. WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen will hold his usual press conference Tuesday at Noon.

Alderson Broaddus University released the following statement regarding the incident:

"Alderson Broaddus University officials have become aware that an alleged incident occurred in Morgantown, W.Va. over the weekend which led to the arrest of one of its students. As learned through reports, ABU is thankful that injuries were non-life threatening. Alderson Broaddus University is fully cooperating with and will continue to support all efforts made by law enforcement agencies. At this time ABU is waiting for more information from these police departments. The University has taken immediate disciplinary action against this student and as additional information becomes available, may be subject to further actions.

"Alderson Broaddus University takes the safety of its students as well as all citizens with the highest priority. ABU does not, and will not, condone any behavior on or off campus that could put someone’s well-being at risk."

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