Senior Kellen Lewis, one of the most successful football players in Indiana history, has been dismissed from the program.
The school announced the move with the following news release:
KELLEN LEWIS DISMISSED FROM INDIANA FOOTBALL TEAM
Bloomington, Indianaâ€”Indiana University football coach Bill Lynch announced today that Kellen Lewis has been dismissed from the team for violating team rules.
â€œWe are disappointed to have to make this decision,â€ said Lynch. â€œWhen you have expectations of those on your team that are not met, you need to do what is ultimately in the overall best interest of your program.â€
IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass supported Lynchâ€™s stance on the situation.
â€œTodayâ€™s action underscores that no individual student-athlete, regardless of talent or popularity, is above the expectations of Indiana University,â€ added Glass.
Lewis, who holds 16 major school records at quarterback but was used as a wide receiver during the recently completed spring practice session, could possibly transfer to a Division I-AA (or lower) program to finish out his remaining year of eligibility. But he could also enter his name in the NFL Supplemental draft this summer and hope to be selected by a team intrigued with his speed and elusiveness.
Lewis could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Lynch and Glass refused further comment through a department spokesman.
Lewis missed all of spring practice in 2008, also for violating an unnamed team rule, and had to earn his way back onto the team. He later told reporters that he had not been attending off-season meetings or workouts and had become lax with his school work, in part because of the fame his success had brought him.
He threw more touchdown passes (48) than any player in school history and is third in passing yards (6,395) and second in total yards (8,072) in the Indiana record book.