CMU: Austin White, Joe Sawicki, Danel Harris released from football program
Three Central Michigan University football players, two jailed Tuesday and another wanted by campus police, have been released from the program.
CMU head coach Dan Enos, in a release sent out Wednesday morning, announced the “immediate release” of sophomore running back Austin White, sophomore tight end Joe Sawicki and freshman receiver Danel Harris.
“We hold our student-athletes to the highest standard of conduct as members of our team, our campus and our community,” Enos said. “Actions that do not represent CMU and the community with pride have no place on our campus and will not be tolerated.”
Sawicki and Harris were jailed Tuesday in Mount Pleasant, arrested by CMU police in their residence hall for separate crimes. An arrest warrant has been issued by the Isabella County prosecutor for White, whose whereabouts remain unknown.
Sawicki faces charges of manufacturing and delivering narcotics, possession and maintaining a drug house inside his terrace-floor Celani residence hall. He was lodged in the Isabella County Jail, arraigned and bonded out Tuesday.
Harris faces a charge of felony larceny from a vehicle. He remains lodged in the county jail on a $10,000 cash bond.
White also faces charges of manufacturing and delivering narcotics, possession and maintaining a drug house. The CMU directory lists him as living in the same terrace-floor residence hall as Sawicki. Both are both alleged to have been growing and selling psilocybin, a form of hallucinogenic mushrooms, inside their residence hall, CMU police chief Bill Yeagley told Central Michigan Life Tuesday.
CMU distanced itself from the three in the release, saying they never “officially appeared in a CMU jersey.”
White, a four-star recruit and rated as one of the top running backs in the country out of Livonia Stevenson High School in 2009, transferred to CMU from the University of Michigan following the 2010 season. He sat out 2011 due to NCAA transfer requirements, but was suspended indefinitely by the program in October for undisclosed reasons. Enos reinstated White prior to spring practice.
White, Sawicki, Harris, sophomore receiver Deon Butler and sophomore defensive back Kevin King were suspended indefinitely by the program following Saturday’s CMU spring football game.
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