Two Arkansas Razorback football players — defensive backs Ryan Pulley and Kamren Curl — have been suspended from the University of Arkansas’ game at the University of Missouri for apparently “socializing” with members of Mississippi State’s dance team the previous week.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, both Curl and Pulley were reportedly seen talking to and taking pictures with some female members of the Mississippi State University dance team.
The incident reportedly happened prior to the Arkansas Razorbacks’ 52-6 loss to Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday, November 17. As a result of their suspensions, both Pulley and Curl are expected to miss Arkansas game against the University of Missouri Tigers on Friday, November 23.
“They will not be here today or yesterday or any part of this week for unacceptable behavior – actions that are completely unacceptable to anything we’re about,” University of Arkansas head football coach Chad Morris said in a statement on Monday, November 19.
Pulley, a cornerback, has started nine games this season, and Curl, a strong safety, has started all 11 games for the Razorbacks (2-9, 0-7 SEC). Curl is the team’s fourth-leading tackler with 53 and also has five pass breakups and a forced fumble. Pulley is the team leader with three interceptions and 10 passes defended.
Cornerback Montaric Brown, a redshirt freshman, and freshman safety Myles Mason have served as backups at those positions this season and could start against Missouri (7-4, 3-4).
When asked about the incident, senior linebacker Dre Greenlaw reportedly said “that’s not something I would do” and that “some people have got different focuses.”
The Razorbacks, who are currently a dismal 2-9 on the season, face off against the 7-4 Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri, at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 23. The Tigers are currently favored by 21 points.