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Monday, June 17, 2013

KU football player Chris Martin dismissed from team

KU defensive end Chris Martin, a transfer from City College of San Francisco, arrived on campus in time for spring drills.

KU defensive end Chris Martin, a transfer from City College of San Francisco, arrived on campus in time for spring drills.

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Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has dismissed junior defensive end Chris Martin from the program, KU announced through a press release Monday afternoon.

Martin, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound junior college transfer who played at Florida in 2011 and City College of San Francisco in 2012, was one of three men arrested on suspicion of robbing cash and marijuana from victims at gunpoint at a home on Camelback Drive on May 13.

The former five-star prospect, who was projected as a starter during the upcoming season, remains in an ongoing legal battle but will not move forward as a member of the KU football team.

“Due to recent incidents Chris Martin was involved with, he was given a list of stipulations he was required to meet for him to remain a member of the Kansas Football team,” Weis said in the release. “Because he did not follow some of those stipulations we have dismissed him from the team.”

Martin has been in trouble with the law before. He was cited for marijuana possession while playing at Florida and later transferred from the school. He came to Kansas to reunite with Weis, whom he originally committed to out of high school when Weis was still the head coach at Notre Dame. Their past connection, coupled with Weis’ willingness to give talented players a second chance while trying to turn KU football around, seemingly made the reunion a good match, but less than five months into his stay in Lawrence, Martin ran into trouble that cost him his chance to be a Jayhawk and may have jeopardized his promising football career.

Martin’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 24. That’s when he could learn whether he will go to trial for aggravated robbery or if the charges will be changed or perhaps even dropped. Sources told the Journal-World that the decision to remove Martin from the team likely would not change regardless of the outcome of his legal case.

Sophomore Ben Goodman, a 6-3, 255-pound defensive end who was listed behind Martin at the Buck position on KU’s pre-spring depth chart, figures to get the first crack at earning first-team reps at the position. Junior Michael Reynolds, senior Jordan Tavai and senior Keba Agostinho also could compete for playing time. Juco transfer Andrew Bolton, who has not yet arrived on campus, also might factor into the mix prominently at one of KU’s two defensive end spots.

Comments

sokanhawk 10 months, 1 week ago

When you give players who have screwed up in the past a second chance, not all of them take advantage of it. Some will continue to make bad choices, and some make bad choices for the rest of their lives. This guy got kicked off the team at Florida and Cal before he played a down for either program. We shouldn't be surprised he couldn't make it to game #1 at KU. Hopefully, Dexter McDonald, Darrian Miller, and Nick Harwell will all make the most of the second chance they are getting. Speaking of Harwell, is he still working on graduating this summer so he can be eligible for the upcoming season? I'd love to see both he and McCay catching passes from Heaps!

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martyks 10 months, 1 week ago

Weis: Okay, so you robbed a guy at gun point? Martin: Yeah, coach. Weis: That's not good. I told you, knives are acceptable. Guns? This isn't good. Martin: Yeah, coach. I messed up. Weis: Okay, but no harm done. He got his money back, right? Martin: I spent it, coach. Weis: Well, you can pay it back. We'll work it out. Martin: Okay, coach. I'm sorry I didn't use a knife, coach. Weis: At least you show contrition. Martin: Yeah, coach, I'm contrite all right. Weis: So, a couple laps and say you're sorry and suit up for practice then. Martin: Coach, what about the marijuanna? Weis: You gave it back, right? Martin: I smoked it, coach. Weis: No pot heads. You're off the team. Buh bye.

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martyks 10 months, 1 week ago

Welcome to the World Of Weis. I can hear the trailers now. "KU Football... and you didn't think it could sink any lower... now, did you?"

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Jim Jackson 10 months, 1 week ago

I cannot believe he screwed up again after Weis gave him another chance after the accusations came out.

Won't be surprised if the charges against him are dropped.

What an idiot.

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oneeye_wilbur 10 months, 1 week ago

What good is the article. It is about stipulations. Canuckhawk is correct! What were they.

Weis should have booted him from the get go. No pussy footing around. Stipulations that held no significance anyway. The next players that screws up. Out!

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KGphoto 10 months, 1 week ago

I really got a feeling about Ben Goodman. The guy exploded during his redshirt year and gained about 30 pounds of muscle. He’s a good athlete, a hard worker and a tough, country kid who has a year in Campo’s system. He could be ropin’ some QBs this year!

Also, everything I’ve read about Bolton is really good stuff. You get an offer to play DE at LSU, you must have a little something going on.

This Martin departure doesn’t bother me much.

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Randy Bombardier 10 months, 1 week ago

Maybe that's what it takes. Winning games at gunpoint.

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KU_Dude 10 months, 1 week ago

At least he still has career with his band Coldplay to fall back on. Hopefully they'll take him back.

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Andini 10 months, 1 week ago

I hope the three other members of Coldplay will take him back. At least he has his music career to fall back on.

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Terry N Tom Denner 10 months, 1 week ago

Was reading the troll postings from the Meth heads SEC group. Must they forget that there are 3 players at Bama facing the same BS !! There are others on the KU team that will step up and fill the void at DE. Maybe not as fast as he was but will be just as good. Got my season tickets and can't wait for football to begin !! GO JAY HAWKS !!!

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 10 months, 1 week ago

I was slightly worried Weis wouldn't stick to his guns on this one.

We may never win a conference game again, but we can at least try and weed out the repeat offenders.

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JHWKDW 10 months, 1 week ago

Ill tell you what, there are things that happen when you a person in the limelight like these athletes are,or the Tommy Morrison incident I saw, and heard the jerk who did that a long time back, and something like what this Idiot did.

Good Job to HCCW of saying no B.S. like this on my team.Good for HIM.You got to put your foot down Right away.

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Patrick Leiker 10 months, 1 week ago

I'd like to request the journal world not post any additional updates on the status of his legal proceedings. I don't think kansas football or its fans should have to waste one more second thinking about this sorry sack.

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chriz 10 months, 1 week ago

hey, Matt Tait...jeopardizeD...just sayin

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Vernon Riggs 10 months, 1 week ago

Very impressed with HCCW. It would have been very easy to find a way to bend a few rules to keep a Five-Star player on a team that didn't win a single conference game last year. But HCCW didn't. He showed class and integrity. Rock Chalk Charlie!

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dallashawk05 10 months, 1 week ago

It seems for Kansas football to compete in the Big 12, they have to take chances on guys like this sometimes... might have been a difference maker, like an Aquib Talib or a Dezmon Briscoe.

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Hammertime12 10 months, 1 week ago

Seem to be downplaying the seriousness of these charges. Armed robbery of cash and drugs? How is he not facing jail time? Hope he has a good attorney. He could be moving from Lawrence to Leavenworth.

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johninkc1 10 months, 1 week ago

It would be awesome to be as good in football as in Men's Basketball and Women's Track and Field but only if we have men that represent our University and themselves well while doing so, otherwise, we are part of the problem.

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John Liddell 10 months, 1 week ago

Ok, ok, ok. Can we stop saying " he didn't get kicked off the team because of the incident, it's because he didn't follow the stipulations"

That is just splitting hairs. He got himself into this mess by (allegedly) being involved in an armed robbery. Just because the final straw was the lack of discipline to follow the stipulations placed on him, doesn't mean THAT solely was the reason he was dismissed. The other straws weighing on that proverbial camel were from his thug actions in our beloved city of Lawrence... again, allegedly.

He indeed was removed from the team because of the incident. Don't kid yourself

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Stop_the_Madness 10 months, 1 week ago

A very sad story. Hopefully he will be able to turn it around, but he may have used all of the chances he will be given.

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IrishCharlie 10 months, 1 week ago

Coach BS would order 3 days of wind sprints...............

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Scott Smetana 10 months, 1 week ago

Too bad our judicial system is so slow. If it were quick, we could suspend (not release) players accused of crimes. Innocent until proven guilty. Instead, his trial will likely be 3 years from now and this leaves coaches no choice but to let them go.

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Mark Lindrud 10 months, 1 week ago

It is what it is. Now guys have to make the most of their opportunities. Next man up and hope he's a better person. For humanity sake, I hope Martin rights himself and grows up, even if he's out of football for good this time.

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jayhawkinATL 10 months, 1 week ago

What a dumb a$$. Good riddance!!!

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JayHawkFanToo 10 months, 1 week ago

How many chances did this guy blow? Obviously one too many...

Good Advice.

Good Advice. by JayHawkFanToo

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canuckhawk 10 months, 1 week ago

I'd like to see the "list of stipulations". Just curious, not implying anything.

What does a frequently troubled young man have to do to stay on the team?

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JHWKDW 10 months, 1 week ago

Well before anyone posts here, if you have not done it yet, please leave a message of Congrats to the Ladies Track Team, and praise them for winning a National Championship. If you have not yet please do. Id like to start off a bit positive.

Well martin good job moron missing up a opportunity alot of kids would give about anything to get. Way to Go Loser! Adios Moron.Question is did we lose a scholarship to this jerk?

Well I hope someone can step up and replace this jerk. Good luck to the guys competing step up and show him what he missed out on.

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Pork_Ribs 10 months, 1 week ago

Martin was not kicked off the team because of the incident. After the robbery...."he was given a list of stipulations he was required to meet for him to remain a member of the Kansas Football team" "Because he did not follow some of those stipulations we have dismissed him from the team.”

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Truckhawk 10 months, 1 week ago

Kicking Martin off the team isn't about him. Its about drawing a line for the other 100 or so guys on the team. Stick to your guns Charlie.

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champdave 10 months, 1 week ago

Would've been our first DE in a while with legit NFL potential. But clearly he lacks the maturity to make that happen. Hopefully for his sake he turns his life around and gets a chance to play in the CFL or something.

One of the most frustrating parts of this situation is that it sounded like they changed the defensive scheme largely because of him. From what I saw of Goodman last year, it seemed like he was a power rusher who might be better suited to a more traditional down lineman position rather than the buck. But maybe I'm wrong. And now it seems like our best configuration might involve Combs and McKinney being on the field at the same time, and the buck isn't ideal for playing two guys who are traditional interior lineman. So I wonder if the coaching staff is thinking about a switch, which might slow us down a bit early in the year. But maybe I'm wrong about some/all of that. Or maybe the buck system is just what Michael Reynolds needs to finally unlock his potential.

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Joe Ross 10 months, 1 week ago

His Kansas career was over before it even started. Thank you Weis for holding to standards. This action will make others think twice.

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Boouk 10 months, 1 week ago

Addition by subtraction. Ben Goodman and Michael Reynolds aren't big drop-offs from Martin in the pass-rushing department.

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Mark Lindrud 10 months, 1 week ago

Jay dog

it's not about him being better or giving him another chance. he was given a second chance already. he blew it.

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Tgfevurly 10 months, 1 week ago

Unfortunately, you can't coach stupid. The young man does not deserve the honor to be associated with the university if he is unable or unwilling to make better choices in life. Good riddance.

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Displayhawk 10 months, 1 week ago

All brawn and no brains! What a waste!

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Jay Dogger 10 months, 1 week ago

He sounds a lot better than those back-up guys. If he doesn't land in jail I think we should let him back on the team. Isn't America all about redemption? Weren't we all stupid at that age? Who hasn't stuck people up at gunpoint for their drugs and cash? Drug dealers deserve to get robbed anyway.

FREE CHRIS MARTIN!!! FREE CHRIS MARTIN!!!

We gotta find some way to win at least two games this season.

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BABBOY 10 months, 1 week ago

Sad? How about the guy they held up at gun point? He was stealing money and drugs with a gun. Nothing sad about this guy. Disgusting Stupid thug.

Weis did the right thing. Ku fans should be proud of that......

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fearthephog512 10 months, 1 week ago

Sad ending to his KU story. Hope he can find meaning and joy through other pursuits. He certainly would have been a factor on this team ...

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iamakufan 10 months, 1 week ago

It's always sad to see a promising young man throw away his future like that.

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Phil Leister 10 months, 1 week ago

You can take the guy out of the... how does it go? But seriously, I'll never understand why talented guys like this consistently make stupid life decisions. He had a great second (or third) chance and he blew it for some weed. Nice.

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