=== Four Alabama players dismissed from team ===
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Four freshmen from Alabama's BCS national
championship team have been dismissed from the program after their arrests
stemming from a pair of recent robberies on campus.
Defensive lineman D.J. Pettway, linebacker Tyler Hayes, cornerback Eddie
Williams and redshirt freshman H-back Brent Calloway are all no longer with
the team, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban stated Wednesday.
Pettway, Hayes and Williams are facing second-degree robbery charges, while
Williams and Calloway are charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. The
robbery charges were filed following an assault of two students, one of which
had his backpack stolen that contained a laptop computer, earlier this month.
The other had his wallet taken.
"Based on all the information we've received and gone through in trying to
determine the future of the four guys that got in trouble, those guys are no
longer associated with the football program," Saban said. "Their actions do
not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect.
It's obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened."
The four dismissed players were non-starters on the 2012 Crimson Tide squad
which captured its second consecutive national title after January's 42-14
victory over Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game held in Miami.
Pettway had eight tackles and 2.5 sacks while appearing in 13 games as a
redshirt freshman last season, with Hayes recording 14 tackles in 13 contests
as a true freshman. Calloway, also a redshirt freshman, had 10 carries
totaling 63 yards over 13 games.
Williams was redshirted during the 2012 campaign.
In another development, Saban said wide receiver Danny Woodson was suspended
for violating team rules and would not participate in spring practice. Also,
wide receiver Marvin Shinn has decided to leave the team.
02/27 18:58:33 ET