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Prized 2014 recruit given the boot by BYU

Sione Takitaki

One of the most highly-rated members of BYU’s 2014 recruiting class won’t see the field in 2014, if at all, for the Cougars.

First reported by Scout.com and subsequently confirmed by the Salt Lake Tribune, linebacker Sione Takitaki has been abruptly dismissed from the BYU football program. No reason for the dismissal was given.

Takitaki had been enrolled in classes at the school for the last month.

As for his future with the team, the Tribune writes that “[i]t is unclear whether the 6-foot-3, 240-pound freshman will be allowed to return to the team next year.”

Takitaki was a three-star member of BYU’s most recent recruiting class, rated as the No. 47 athlete in the country by Rivals.com. Behind fellow linebackers Fred Warner and Tyler Cook, Takitaki was the highest-rated defensive player in the class.

He was being looked at as a player who could make an immediate impact as a true freshman.

(Photo credit: Rivals.com)

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11 Responses to “Prized 2014 recruit given the boot by BYU”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jul 20, 2014 3:40 PM

    Beer related?

  2. charleyman48 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:42 PM

    You were looking for a home before you went to BYU and one of those was UCLA. Come to Westwood and be a part of greatness Sione.

  3. afewzigzagsplease says: Jul 20, 2014 5:01 PM

    Must not be willing to spend all day Sunday in church?

  4. greyhoundirish says: Jul 20, 2014 6:53 PM

    Ignoramus

  5. tngilmer says: Jul 20, 2014 7:03 PM

    Maybe they found out he was not a virgin. BYU will still kick you out for sex outside of marriage.

  6. naturely04 says: Jul 20, 2014 8:05 PM

    You fellas are all making real fools of yourselves. How about rather attacking a school for abiding by it’s rules and standards you recognize that there are more important things in life then just winning football games. There are plenty of teams out there that would sacrifice a young mans future good and progression simply so they can keep him on the football team. All so they can win another championship or beat a rival. Consequences come when rules are broken. Not to humiliate the kid or to make a big deal about it. But ultimately so they can learn from their mistakes and be better from it in the long run. If you look at BYU’s history you will see numerous examples of players that were suspended, kicked off the team, or put on probation for a time. Almost always they fix the problem, and make it back onto the team, Hopefully a better person and athlete. Kyle Van Noy, Brandon Davies, Preston Hadley. Those are a few examples of big name athletes that made it back into BYU’s programs. And they were received with open arms. I’m sure it will be the same way with this kid, as long as he wants to fix the problem and make it back on the team. Also, BYU doesn’t disclose the exact incident to preserve the athletes privacy. Because it’s none of our business what school rules he broke. I just don’t get why you all have to assume the worst with BYU and believe what they did was irrational and unfair. Especially when we don’t know the reason behind it all.

  7. kickinpuppies says: Jul 20, 2014 10:04 PM

    Wisconsin recruited this kid too. Bullet dodged?

  8. dmvtransplant says: Jul 20, 2014 11:14 PM

    @ naturely04

    Hey this is a football website, not a soapbox for a moral crusade about how BYU is never wrong in their approach to CFB. I do believe BYU probably has it’s own fan site for that?

    Since most of us do believe you should field a team to win and not make stupid symbolic gesture about “how CFB should be run” we’re all free to say what we want.

    And my answer as to what he probably did to get kicked out: probably something gay. Since that is actually against their honor code.

  9. hockeyissweet says: Jul 21, 2014 12:02 AM

    its byu, so he probably got caught red handed in a starbucks buying chai tea

  10. kansacity88 says: Jul 21, 2014 5:11 AM

    or he got caught hittin dat azz!

  11. ancientcougar says: Jul 21, 2014 10:01 AM

    Maybe he got caught in nookie nookie land?

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