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Maciah Long dismissed from Kansas football program

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Kansas defensive end Maciah Long hits a pad as he runs through a drill during practice on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at the grass fields adjacent to Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas defensive end Maciah Long hits a pad as he runs through a drill during practice on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at the grass fields adjacent to Hoglund Ballpark. by Nick Krug

Sophomore defensive end Maciah Long was dismissed from the program Monday morning, the announcement coming in a KU Athletics news release a little more than 15 hours after he was arrested in Lawrence shortly before 8 p.m.

Long was being held without bond on charges of possession of marijuana, criminal damage to property and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, per Journal-World reporter Sarah Shepherd’s story.

The news release sent out by KU Athletics attributed the dismissal to “a violation of team rules.”

Long was recruited to Kansas from Houston as a linebacker after playing quarterback in high school. He quickly was moved to offense, where he worked out at tight end and fullback and even appeared as a quarterback in the wildcat formation.

Long appeared to find a home in spring football as a defensive end who was being groomed to to play a role similar to the one filled last season by Cameron Rosser, who was a pass-rush specialist.

In high school, Long led North Shore High to a Texas Class 6A state title as a senior and was named Offensive MVP of the state title game.

Long is the second player dismissed in recent weeks, joining wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez.

Comments

Skyler Owen 4 weeks, 1 day ago

That's too bad thought he had a lot of upside...wish we could get a better explanation other than violation of team rules

John Fitzgerald 4 weeks, 1 day ago

"Long, 19, was in jail Monday morning after being arrested shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday at a south Lawrence apartment complex that was listed as his home address, according to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office jail records. He was being held without bond on charges of possession of marijuana, criminal damage to property and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon."

I have no words... It takes a special kind of stupid to be that stupid.

Brock Wells 4 weeks, 1 day ago

HCDB isn't putting up with any character issues.

Made you wonder if this guy had that much talent why he wasn't getting on the field more.... this explains some of the reason. I hope he can better himself after this situation but sounds like it could be a felony.

Suzi Marshall 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Can not begin to believe Long assaulted someone with a loaded gun. That is so far over the line. Happy to see Beaty take quick decisive action.

Dirk Medema 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Assault could be just having the gun with the perception of threatening with it. You wouldn't even have to point it at anyone. Waving it around could be perceived as a threat, and therefore assault.

Suzi Marshall 4 weeks ago

You are right. Things like this can be extremely misleading one way or another.

Chris DeWeese 4 weeks, 1 day ago

I think we have enough guys talent-wise to absorb this blow, but it's still so unfortunate. The guy was finally finding his footing on the team that didn't seem to know what to do with him. His recent actions made that decision much easier.

Jack Joiner 4 weeks, 1 day ago

You win some and you lose some. Hopefully the winners will make us winners on the gridiron. If not, we will still be proud of how they handle themselves. High praise for HCDB!

Darin Bradley 4 weeks ago

Over the last few years KU seems quick to dismiss players for transgressions where similar offenses warrant lengthy suspensions at other top tier programs. In no way am I suggesting compromising standards but question whether dismissal is the only/best solution regardless of rebuilding the program.

Tom - what's your take on this?

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