Kentucky Wildcats: Mark Stoops Should Dismiss Demarco Robinson

By Tim Letcher

On Friday, it was reported that Demarco Robinson, a wide receiver for the Kentucky Wildcats, had been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, violation of the noise ordinance and resisting arrest.

The latest bad news for Robinson could be his last as a member of the Kentucky football team. Head coach Mark Stoops is aware of the arrest, according to a university spokesman, and Stoops will likely deal with this situation in the midst of January recruiting.

Kentucky fans will remember that Robinson was suspended for the final two games of the 2013 season after a violation of team rules. Two other players, Cody Quinn and Jason Hatcher, were suspended at the same time as Robinson, but both were reinstated for the season finale against the Tennessee Volunteers. Robinson, on the other hand, remained suspended.

It’s apparent that Stoops and Robinson are not at all on the same page, so it’s time for Stoops to turn that page and dismiss Robinson from the team. Stoops is trying to build not only a program, but a culture at UK, and having a player like Robinson continually running afoul of Stoops’ law is not helping that effort. Stoops can make an example out of Robinson, who would be a senior in 2014, by dismissing him.

Robinson was the third-leading receiver on the team last season with 20 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned 11 punts for a total of 114 yards.

Kentucky has a long way to go in the rebuilding process and Stoops cannot afford to keep players like Robinson on the squad. That is to say, players who underperform yet cause trouble off the field.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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