It appears Charlie Strong has a very loyal compatriot in his core corps.
This past Tuesday, Texas State announced that three wide receivers — Justin Gamble (pictured), Demun Mercer and Brice Gunter — had been dismissed from head coach Everett Withers‘ Bobcats football program. In his statement, Withers said the receivers had failed to adhere to his team’s “core values.”
Upon his hiring in January, Withers revealed his Strong-like core values: honesty, treating women with respect, no drugs, no stealing and no weapons. While not getting into specifics, the trio broke at least one of those values and all are now officially ex-Bobcats after initially being suspended last month.
“It is always unfortunate to have young people not meet the standards you set for a team with a new culture,” Withers said. “It is our mission at Texas State football to compete for championships with young people who want success in life for the next 40 to 50 years. We wish Demun, Justin and Brice the best as they move on in their next situations. We will continue to trust the path for this Texas State football team. There will be no further discussion of this issue.”
Last season, Mercer was fifth on the Bobcats with 19 receptions for 235 yards. His two receiving touchdowns were tied for third on the team.
Gamble had one reception for four yards in 2015, and, along with Mercer, would’ve headed into the 2016 season as a starter for the Bobcats.
Given this development, the following is the stark reality for the Bobcats at the position, from the San Marcos Daily Record: “none of the 11 wideouts on this year’s roster have caught a pass during a Division I football game.”