Arizona LB transfer Santino Marchiol dismissed from team
Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin announced in his weekly press conference on Monday that Texas A&M transfer Santino Marchiol was no longer on the team.
Marchiol transferred to Arizona this year after Sumlin left the Aggies to take the job in Tucson.
The USA Today reported that Marchiol said he was given cash on two occasions by a Texas A&M assistant coach to entertain recruits on official visits and that new Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher’s staff possibly violated NCAA rules by running mandatory team activities at impermissible times.
According to a report from the sports arm of the Dallas Morning News, last week a video showed Marchiol using a racial slur to describe teammates while he was at Texas A&M.
Despite having enrolled at Arizona and practicing with the team, Marchiol was required to sit out a season, according to NCAA transfer rules. Arizona had requested a waiver from the NCAA to allow Marchiol, who redshirted last season, to play immediately.
Arizona opens its season on Saturday against BYU.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.