Big FAU football news:
Fullback Xavier Stinson has been kicked off the football team.
His mother tells our Chuck King it's because he missed voluntary workouts and a study hall session.
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Pretty convenient that a player who played a position not used in the new offense is booted off the team.
If he had done what he was supposed to do and then got booted I would be outraged....as it is. I agree with Pelini.
Coach wants players to show up both on the field and academically and put in the extra effort, and just being talented isnt enough.
Did'nt act like a senior team leader to me - actually the opposite in terms of what Coach P. expects and demands of his players. Sorry Xavier but GO Coach P. get these guys disciplined and dedicated (and educated)!
I wonder if any of Pelini's recruits had skipped study hall if they would have been shown the door so quickly?
Good luck Zay where ever you wind up and your contributions the last few years are appreciated by most of us.
Is it possible to say that I agree with the last four posts. All of them make a point even though they are different. I always feel bad for the kid ( I still have a couple in school trying to make it ) but if we are ever going to move up the ladder towards having a good team, we have to let Coach P. do his thing. These kids commited to play ball in exchange for free school and certain things have to be done. Yes it is a harsh move, but if the coach thought it was neccessary, so be it.
If a player is crucial and isnt pulling their own weight you discipline them
If a player is not part of your plan but working their ass off you find a place for them. Players who have good heart and strong talent are a plus in any system.
If a player is not crucial and not pulling their weight you get rid of them.
You always feel bad for the kid when something like this happens, but I understand it from Coach Pelini's perspective. It seems there was major culture problems around this program the last few seasons. Pelini is a new head coach trying to turn that around and you have someone who has been here for what seems like forever, is a senior, and who is supposed to be a leader, missing workouts and academic responsibilities. Pelini needed to set an example and unfortunately for Stinson, he's the example. Get with the program and do what you need to do, or you won't be on this team. It is sadly the price some people will have to pay for changing the attitude around here.
" When one door close another will open". I hope Stinson the best, he was a favorite of the fans.
Doesn't sound like those workouts were very "voluntary" were they?
It sounds like Stinson also missed some academic sessions, which Pelini has stressed is a no-no. I have enjoyed watching Stinson on the field and talking to him as a reporter, but I believe the decision is final. Kind of a bummer.
If you are the Senior Leader on the team then, yes voluntary = mandatory.
Top it off with missing Academic meetings it become obvious its time to go.
I wish him well, but we need PLAYER LEADERS on this team to push us forward and it sounds like Stinson wasnt up to the task.
And the emphasis now is on SPEED, something that has been very lacking for years. I am sorry to see it end at FAU football this way for Xavier but ya gotta lead by example and I don't think he was gonna see the field a lot this year anyhow. Good luck in your future Xavier, always be an Owl!
Speaking of speed, any word on the WR that was visiting on Thursday. I think he was a JUCO from California.
Some internet sites said he had committed to FAU, but that's not true. We talked to him and he said he has not comitted to FAU and probably won't decide until early next week.
I believe he will commit to FAU next week, but until then we aren't counting him yet.
More details in Chuck's blog
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