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Teondray Caldwell has left the Washington State football program, as was first reported by Cougfan.com's Chris Shaw. The team's representatives have a policy of not commenting on player attrition or transfers, but I have been able to confirm that the report is accurate.
Caldwell, a junior, will have to sit out the remainder of the season, as well as his new team's first two games next season if he transfers to an FBS school
We have more on this story after the jump.
(Update 5:02: Because Caldwell played in WSU's first game of the season he is not eligible to use his available redshirt at a new institution.)
There are a few news items to pass along this morning from WSU, so click the jump to read the links.
Washington State running back Teondray Caldwell was arrested on May 7 on suspicion of assault and burglary stemming from an April 28 incident at a Pullman residence.
KQQQ 1150 AM in Pullman reported that Caldwell and a group of WSU football players were denied entry to a party, and that Caldwell allegedly struck a man sitting on the porch.
A Pullman Police spokesperson said police responded to a citizen dispute on April 28, but the suspect had left the area when officers arrived and the alleged victims did not want to press charges or assist in the investigation.
But after a series of conversations and interviews, police arrested Caldwell, a sophomore from Los Angeles, on May 7 on suspicion of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.
Charges have not been filed. KQQQ reported that Caldwell is due in Whitman County Superior Court on Friday morning, but it’s unclear whether Caldwell will have to appear. A Whitman County clerk told the Spokesman-Review that an order was issued on May 13th exonerating the conditions of Caldwell’s release, meaning he may not have to appear in court tomorrow.
But the clerk also said it’s still possible charges could be filed.
Caldwell rushed for 229 yards as a freshman last season and served as the team’s primary kick returner. A WSU spokesman said coaches will handle the matter internally, as is customary under coach Mike Leach.
Caldwell wrote on his Twitter page (WSU players were apparently allowed back on the site recently): "All these allegations but none of it is true! Don't believe the media. I'm in good hands."
FROM PULLMAN — A bit of football personnel news to pass along tonight. Players, not coaches. Though an announcement should be coming on the latter in the next couple days. Read on.