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No Tulane return for Trent Mackey

Charles Sims AP

Acquitted of all charges in an armed robbery trial earlier this month, Trent Mackey has nonetheless seen his Tulane officially come to an end.

In a statement released Monday, the school announced that the linebacker “will not be reinstated to the Green Wave football team for a sixth year of eligibility.”

“We wish him every success in the future,” the statement added.

In August and September of last year, Mackey was arrested on an armed robbery charge as well as the simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.  He was suspended for the entire 2012 season as his cases wound their way through the legal system.

Mackey came to Tulane from Duke, where he had been suspended for violating unspecified team rules.

Mackey was a first-team all-conference selection in 2011 and finished second in the league in tackle per game (12.1).  Prior to the start of 2012, Mackey was named the preseason Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.

If Mackey is to continue his playing career at the collegiate level, he’ll need to appeal to the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility.  If so inclined, Mackey, who graduated from Tulane in May, could decline another season in college and instead focus on preparing for the 2014 NFL draft.

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