- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Purdue coach Danny Hope really had only one choice after linebacker Dwayne Beckford was arrested again. And Hope did what had to be done, dismissing the senior from the team on Wednesday evening.
Beckford's latest legal problem was an arrest on charges involving drug paraphernalia and synthetic drug possession. It was his fourth arrest since June 2011, which included a DUI that kept him out of the Little Caesars Bowl and suspended from the team this spring.
He simply had to go after failing to stay out of trouble. The bad news for the Boilermakers is that Beckford is the team's best and most experienced linebacker, a position that already looked like the weak spot for an otherwise solid defense. Hope said on Tuesday that the team would still be fine with Antwon Higgs, Joe Gilliam and former quarterback Sean Robinson taking Beckford's place.
Purdue will miss Beckford's talent. It will not miss his off-the-field shenanigans.