And now we now the rest of the story. Reportedly.
Tuesday, Texas announced that offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle had been dismissed from the football program by head coach Charlie Strong. The dismissal was officially triggered by the ubiquitous “unspecified violation of team rules.”
According to Chip Brown of Scout.com‘s Horns Digest, however, the separation was triggered by Estelle falling out of a rehab program for substance abuse and/or addiction. Specifically, the lineman violated the terms of the rehab program set in place earlier this month.
Brown lays out the back story for what led to yesterday’s events.
The first week of September, I reported Estelle and Desmond Harrison told Charlie Strong they had a problem with substance abuse/addiction, and Strong went the extra mile of getting them into rehab supervised by UT personnel.
The two were separated from the rest of the team and have not been practicing while going through a substance abuse/addiction program. But they were allowed to remain on scholarship, which had to be cleared through UT administrators because, technically, for the scholarship contract to be honored, a student-athlete has to be actively participating in their sport.
The two lineman were scheduled to undergo six weeks of rehab, with sometime in October the potential return for the pair. Harrison remains in the program, albeit still suspended, while Estelle is searching for a new team — and hopefully some additional help if he truly has a substance abuse problem.
Estelle was the ninth player dismissed by Strong since taking over the Longhorns in January of this year.