What’s goin on?
Lyle McCombs would have been a senior this year but I’m hearing an accumulation of things on his part led to this decision. At the end of the day, McCombs will be able to graduate if all goes well but here’s what Diaco said through UConn about the matter.
“Attending school at the University of Connecticut is a special privilege as is being a member of the UConn football team,” said head coach Bob Diaco in a statement.. “With that privilege also come certain responsibilities and expectations. We wish Lyle only the best in his future endeavors as he moves on from UConn.”
Here’s what Diaco added by phone a short time ago.
“It’s an ongoing lack of meeting the expectations of a member of the student body and of the team,” Diaco said by phone Wednesday. “There’s no question when you’re making decisions it’s the total profile you’re looking at or resume is a better word. He’s built a particular resume over the course of the four years he’s been here.”
“And at the end of the day it’s a privilege to be a part of this school and its student body and a privilege to be on this football team and part of the athletic department and to have that privilege you’re held to particular standards and standards of conduct, period. End of sentence. If you’re not going to assimilate and meet those marks then you’re not going to be a part of it. That’s it. No matter who you are. It does not matter what your physical, tangible, on the field production is. It is irrelevant.”
McCombs is the fourth-leading rusher in school history with 2,681 career yards and has 11 career 100-yard rushing games. He rushed for 1,151 yards in 2011 and was named a Freshman All-American. He has been UConn’s leading rusher in each of the past three years.
Diaco went on to in the statement “I am excited with the players we have at the tailback position and look forward to their production.”
The Huskies have no shortage of candidates ready to step in McCombs place including Max DeLorenzo and Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome, the first Parade All-America ever in the program, entering this summer.