Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Farmer dismissed from Arizona team
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Former Pac-10 Conference rushing champ
Clarence Farmer was dismissed from Arizona's football team Tuesday
for undisclosed reasons, a school spokesman said.
Farmer, who led the Pac-10 in rushing in 2001 and ranks sixth in
career yards rushing at Arizona, will not return, sports
information director Tom Duddleston said.
"The best way to make a good football team requires certain
behavior by the players. And in this case, they were obviously not
met according to the head coach's specifications," Duddleston
The Tucson Citizen reported that Farmer was dismissed after
reporting late for practice.
"I have met with him numerous times at this point and then
again (Tuesday). He was late to practice and he sealed his own
fate," UA interim coach Mike Hankwitz was quoted as saying.
Duddleston said the university supports Hankwitz's decision.
Farmer was 42 yards away from passing David Adams (2,571) for
fifth place on the school's career rushing list. He finishes with
2,530 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns, including 326 yards on 90
carries this season. He also caught 26 passes for 208 yards and two
touchdowns in his career.
Farmer was a 49th-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the
June amateur baseball draft. The Dodgers lost his draft rights
after he enrolled in school in the fall.