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UCLA dismisses starting safety Tevin McDonald

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Earlier today it was confirmed that three little-used reserves, including the son of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, decided to forego another season of eligibility at UCLA.

Unfortunately, there was another roster development for the Bruins that will have a much greater impact on the 2013 season.

Tevin McDonald, long-time starter at free safety and one of the team’s top tacklers in 2012, has been dismissed from the football program.  No reason other than “violation of unspecified team rules” was given.

“It’s disappointing to me and disappointing for Tevin,” head coach Jim Mora said. “I have known him since he was a young boy. On a personal level,  it’s disappointing. I hope everything turns out well for him.”

Late last year, McDonald was suspended for UCLA’s Holiday Bowl appearance for what was reportedly a third failed drug test.  The Los Angeles Times notes that, “[u]nder UCLA policy, a player loses his scholarship after a fourth positive test.”

Regardless of the specific reason for the dismissal, the loss is a rather significant one for the Bruins’ defense in general and its secondary specifically.

Last season, McDonald led the team in pass breakups (nine) and passes defensed (10), and finished third in tackles with 79.  He started 24 games the past two seasons, including the first 13 of last season before his suspension.

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5 Responses to “UCLA dismisses starting safety Tevin McDonald”
  1. thekatman says: Mar 26, 2013 5:23 PM

    That’s what he gets for ging to UCLA. Should’ve done the correct thing and attended USC. At least he’d have his brother around to keep tabs on him, and at USC he’d learn responsibility for self, family, school and team, not this crazy me, me, me mantra of UCLA’s leadership.

  2. addict2sport says: Mar 26, 2013 5:41 PM

    katman, you sure USC even offered him? Your “that’s what he gets” is a bit strong huh? He’s an extension of the Trojan Family. Your comment is very bRuin-like. You’re better than that. Fight On!

  3. pdcooper08 says: Mar 26, 2013 6:57 PM

    I agree with the last. As I recall, he was not even on the Trojans radar when being recruited.

    Since his father is a legend and his oldest brother was an All-American, you’d think it would be a no brainer he’d attend SC. I can only assume, someone on the SC staff had the inside on this one.

    To bad he couldn’t put down the pipe long enough to take care of his future. He was a pretty solid player. What a waist.

  4. jkaflagg says: Mar 26, 2013 7:41 PM

    Actually, could be a blessing in disguise for the Bruins….with Dietrich Riley coming back and several top S recruits coming in, they may end up with an upgrade from McDonald that would not have happened if he stayed…….

  5. mydixienormus says: Mar 27, 2013 2:45 PM

    And people say weed isn’t addictive…

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