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Holliday dismisses linebacker following arrest

Apr. 06, 2011 @ 12:30 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall football coach Doc Holliday announced that linebacker Brian Robinson has been kicked off the football team after his arrest stemming from an incident Monday night.

Holliday was less than thrilled with the development in the early part of spring practice, but said it will serve as a learning tool for the rest of the team.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't talk about how every decision you make has a consequence. When you make great decisions, great decisions happen for you. It's just like life," Holliday said. "When you make bad decisions, unfortunately, you make some decisions that could your ruin your career. We have to work extremely hard on our guys making great decisions. And 99 percent of them do."

Robinson was charged with domestic battery and carrying a deadly weapon -- both misdemeanors -- after Marshall University police were called to 108 Wellman Hall around 8:30 p.m. on Monday evening to investigate a domestic disturbance.

According to the criminal complaint, Robinson allegedly tried to keep the victim from leaving her dorm room.

Once she tried to go to an adjacent room, Robinson is alleged to have physically grabbed her from behind and refused to let her go

After she struggled to get away, the victim told Robinson she was calling police. Robinson allegedly grabbed a gun he had in the room and ran out.

Following his arrest, Robinson was arraigned in Cabell County Magistrate Court on the two misdemeanor counts and booked into Western Regional Jail at 12:02 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Robinson, a former four-star recruit from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was one of the top recruits coming out of Holliday's first recruiting class.

Ranked as the 23rd-best safety prospect in the nation coming out of the Class of 2010, Robinson was slowed by injuries during preseason camp last year, and Holliday chose to redshirt him.

With the graduation of Mario Harvey last season, Robinson was moved to linebacker and expected to be one of several players vying to fill a key linebacker role this season.

Holliday said that Robinson's bad decision will not affect the team, however.

"We've already moved on. That doesn't affect us at all -- not one bit," Holliday said. "Somebody will step up and I'm excited about those young kids...we're going to be fine back there."

Reporters Beth Hendricks, Bill Rosenberger and Andrew Ramspacher contributed to this report.



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