Promising defensive lineman Chris Martin was released by the team today, according to Charlie Weis, due to his connection to an armed robbery in Lawrence.
Weis released this statement:
“Due to recent incidents Chris Martin was involved with, he was given a list of stipulations he was required to meet for him to remain a member of the Kansas Football team. Because he did not follow some of those stipulations we have dismissed him from the team.”
A former five-star recruit and Florida signee, Martin was supposed to be part of a group of incoming junior college recruits who were going to help bring Kansas football back to some sort of respectability this season. His loss expulsion from the team now opens up a big hole in the defensive front and KU’s pass rush.
As things stand now sophomore Ben Goodman appears to be Martin’s replacement.
Martin posted a $35k bail in May after being arrested in connection to the robbery, and has a hearing scheduled for June 24. There is still a chance his charges could be dropped but the Lawrence Journal-World is reporting Martin’s legal standing will not effect whether he returns to the team or not – meaning he done as a Jayhawk no matter what. This is probably due in part to the several run-ins with the law Martin had before arriving at campus. His previous infractions included a marijuana possession charge while at Florida.