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Third strike means Ronnie Daniels is out at Texas Tech

Ronnie Daniels

Twice during the 2011 season Ronnie Daniels was suspended by Texas Tech for violating unspecified team rules.

The good news is the running back won’t be hitting the suspension trifecta during his second season in Lubbock.  The bad news, at least for the player, is he won’t be hitting it because he’s no longer a part of the program.

Tech confirmed Wednesday that Daniels, who participated in spring practice, is no longer a part of the Red Raiders football team.  Much like the previous suspensions, no specific reason was given for the dismissal.

“Sophomore running back Ronnie Daniels has been dismissed from the Texas Tech Football team due to a violation of team rules,” TT spokesperson Blayne Beal said in a statement. ” He will not be reinstated.”

Daniels was suspended for the 2011 opener, then reinstated for the next game two weeks later and rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown in a win over New Mexico.  He was again suspended following the Lobos game, and didn’t record another carry the remainder of the year.

The Albuquerque, New Mexico, product was a three-star member of Tech’s 2011 recruiting class.

(Photo credit: Texas Tech athletics)

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6 Responses to “Third strike means Ronnie Daniels is out at Texas Tech”
  1. drjem says: Mar 28, 2012 6:13 PM

    I just have a question for you guys who know the NCAA rules. My question is, “Can this Ronnie Daniels guy just go to an other team and play, even though he has been kicked off a team?” Thanks in advance for answering my question.

  2. mountaineer50415 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:45 PM

    I do not know if he can or not. But truly, who would want him? What kind of a coach would it take to make him understand he has to abide by the rules? What team needs another bench warmer?

  3. pdcooper08 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:56 PM

    Sounds like he is off the team but not out of school. So as long as he stays eligible in the class room, and he has not been arrested for any crimes, I believe he has the right to transfer to another school. The rest of it is on the new program and whether they want to get involved with this kid.
    From what I’ve seen in the past, there will always be someone willing to give this poor lad another chance. Maybe he was just misunderstood, or maybe he can’t pass the coaches self imposed drug tests. Who knows?

  4. John Taylor says: Mar 28, 2012 11:30 PM

    @drjem: Daniels is free to transfer to another school, but he would have to sit the 2012 season if it’s Div. 1-A. Unless he applied for and was granted a hardship waiver, of course. Based on the circumstances of his departure, I’m guessing the school to which he would transfer wouldn’t even bother doing the waiver paperwork.

  5. drjem says: Mar 29, 2012 9:15 AM

    Thanks for the info guys. I’m now educated! Oh…also, thanks for the posts here; I’m learning a lot about the game I have loved since childhood but never played.

  6. kingdavid56 says: Mar 29, 2012 1:02 PM

    He’s not that good of a player.

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