Michigan Wolverines wide receiver and kick returner Dennis Norfleet has been dismissed from the team, per Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com. Baumgardner also spoke with Norfleet’s high school coach, who shed some light on what may have happened.
“Evidently he was dismissed from the team, Dennis informed us he was no longer on the team,” Harvel said Tuesday afternoon. “Something about a disciplinary thing between him and coach Harbaugh. Whether it was academics or something internal, I’m not sure. He just said they had a disagreement and he was let go.”
This is definitely believable, as new Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh’s exit from the San Francisco 49ers was reported to be because he was getting hard to get along with, but it’s also hard to believe that Michigan would simply dismiss its best special teams player because he wasn’t getting along with the coach. After all, Norfleet has accumulated 2,293 return yards in three years with the team.
However, according to Steve Lorenz of Wolverines247, the reasons behind Norfleet’s dismissal are academic.
Norfleet’s status with the team has been in doubt for about two weeks now, as Wolverine247 confirmed that he skipped more than one of his final exams in April, leading to doubt about his academic status with the program.
It’s one thing to say that Norfleet was dismissed because of academic eligibility issues, but what sticks here is that he flat out skipped final exams. If you ask this writer, that shows a blatant disregard for education and that he only cares about football.
That is a purely speculative statement, however, and Campus Sports will update this story as more details become available.
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