The Duke Blue Devils are in the midst of a three-game losing streak and now they will be have to attempt to dig themselves out of the hole without three players, including one who is very important to the offense.
Duke announced that the team has dismissed wide receiver Terrence Alls, wide receiver Johnell Barnes and linebacker Chris Holmes for the dreaded “violation of team rules.”
Barnes is the biggest loss to the team, while Alls’ dismissal also hurts depth at the position.
This season, Barnes started eight games and was second in the all of the top receiving categories: receptions (34), receiving yards (411) and touchdowns (2).
Head coach David Cutcliffe released a statement on the dismissals.
“This is, without doubt, the most difficult thing teams and coaches face. This is not a reaction to anything that has occurred during the last couple weeks. This has been something that we have worked very hard with these young men to continue to understand what’s expected of them,” he said.
“We have standards in this program that we’re committed to. When we’re recruiting, we let them and their parents know these things. We’re responsible to the parents and the players we have here currently. We’re going to uphold those standards and work with everybody we can to give people opportunities to be successful.
“With this circumstance, it had reached a point where it was in their best interest, and certainly the program’s best interest, to move forward somewhere else. We appreciate and thank them for their contributions to the program. We wish them well in whatever they choose to do. I will not go into any other details about this issue.”
Alls was previously suspended for six games this season and played in only four games. Holmes, meanwhile, played in six games.
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