Santino Marchiol

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Arizona LB Santino Marchiol informed he is no longer on the team


Following a tumultuous week that included accusations of recruiting violations by Texas A&M and the release of a controversial video that included a racial slur directed at black players at Texas A&M, Arizona and former Texas A&M linebacker Santino Marchiol may have burned yet another bridge. On Monday, Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin announced Marchiol is no longer a part of the program at Arizona.

Marchiol claims Texas A&M linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto presented him with cash in exchange for hosting recruits on two separate occasions. Marchiol also accused defensive coordinator Mike Elko of having players practice after hours restricted by the NCAA. The claims have sparked some concern for Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M, although Fisher has denied having any knowledge of such violations at his new program. Former Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight contested Marchiol’s claims as well.

In recent days, a video surfaced that appeared to include Marchiol saying a racial slur about his black teammates at Texas A&M. Sumlin, the former head coach at Texas A&M, offered Marchiol a place to transfer from Texas A&M but has no time to waste on this kind of drama as he gets started at Arizona. By removing Marchiol from the Arizona program, te validity of Marchiol’s connection to the controversial video appears to have been confirmed by enough people in power at Arizona.

Promising Texas A&M linebacker no longer on roster

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Just days ahead of SEC media days, Texas A&M has a slight roster adjustment to note. Linebacker Santino Marchiol is no longer listed on the team’s roster. According to a report from Gigem 247, that is because Marchiol has left the program entirely.

Marchiol was a four-star recruit out of high school in the Class of 2017, according to his Rivals profile. The IMG Academy product committed to the Aggies over plenty of notable options, including Auburn, Miami, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee and more. After enrolling early and getting injured during the spring, Marchiol took a redshirt last fall in the final season under former Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin. Marchiol was expected to compete for a role on the Texas A&M defense this season for new head coach Jimbo Fisher.

The reason for Marchiol’s absence from the Texas A&M roster is unknown at this time. If he is pursuing a transfer option, he will have to sit out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer policies should he end up enrolling at another FBS program.

If Marchiol transfers to a lower division program, he would be eligible to play right away this fall. What’s next for him remains to be seen.