STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State running back Nick
Turner was dismissed from the team Wednesday for what new head
coach Sylvester Croom called a failure to meet "the expectation
level'' he has for players.
Turner was placed on three years' probation Feb. 7 for
possession of counterfeit bills. The 19-year-old Turner passed
several counterfeit $100 bills Oct. 15, 2002 at a club.
He sat out the remainder of the 2002 season after his arrest. He
came back in 2003 to establish a new single-season school record
for all-purpose yards against Arkansas on Nov. 22.
Croom was hired as Bulldogs coach in December, succeeding Jackie
In a statement Wednesday, Croom said Turner would remain on
scholarship through the end of the spring semester.
"But Nick has not met the expectation level we have for a
Mississippi State football playing student-athlete," Croom said.
"I wish him the best in the future, and I will assist him in any
way I can."
Turner led the team and ranked second in the Southeastern
Conference in all-purpose yardage with 138.7 per game in 2003, when
the Bulldogs finished 2-10 overall.