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Suspended Aggie withdraws from Texas A&M

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The depth on the Texas A&M defensive line took a bit of a hit yesterday, at least for the time being. Defensive tackle Isaiah Golden has withdraw from Texas A&M, but head coach Kevin Sumlin is optimistic he will return later this year.

“He has withdrawn from school, and we expect him back this summer,” Sumlin said in a report by ESPN.com. Perhaps time away from Texas A&M could serve Golden well, because a lot has happened in his first year with the program.

Early in the season, before Texas A&M’s second game of the season against Alabama, Golden’s two-month old daughter died and was laid to rest. Golden was arrested in February on a misdemeanor marijuana charge. That quickly led to an indefinite suspension from¬†Sumlin. This is a standard policy at most schools, including Texas A&M, to allow the legal process play out and for the university to review the situation independent¬†before determining what should happen next. Golden has not practiced with the team this spring as a result of the suspension. Given all that has happened in one year, stepping away from football and school may not be a terrible idea. Taking some time off to get things together and focus on getting back on track could serve Golden well in the long run.

“He played about every snap last year,” Sumlin said. “Certainly everybody would want him here at practice, but I think what’s more important is that he just gets himself together and get back in the right frame of mind and be ready to go summer school-wise.”

Golden started six games for the Aggies last season.

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4 Responses to “Suspended Aggie withdraws from Texas A&M”
  1. saints25 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:35 AM

    I hate to hear that about his daughter,but there’s something going on in aggieland,because He’s not the Only Aggie busted for dope lately..just saying

  2. mogogo1 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:48 AM

    Terrible about his daughter. I wish him the best. But when I think “taking some time off” it’s typically longer than a couple months. Expecting him back this summer–presumably still in good shape–doesn’t sound like all that long a break.

  3. thraiderskin says: Mar 21, 2014 4:39 PM

    Yeah, this guy needs time to get his head right… leave the door open.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Mar 22, 2014 9:50 AM

    I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child and I really hope what ever is distacting him or becoming a stumbling block for him can be mended or resolved.

    I wish the best for this young man no matter what his future holds in regards to football.

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