Former Kentucky player Darnell Dodson is now former Southern Miss miscreant after an alleged theft from a USM Sigma Nu fraternity house, as well as from vehicles outside the residence.
Dodson (pictured right, in 2010; there are no pictures of him in a Southern Miss uniform because he transferred to the school less than four months ago), was kicked off the team Thursday after it became known he's a bit of a kleptomaniac. Or, at least, allegedly a kleptomaniac.
USM police chief Bob Hopkins said today that Dodson was arrested along with Cory Markell Smith, a former member of the Southern Miss and William Carey basketball teams. The two men both face charges of auto burglary and residential burglary, which are felony charges.Instead of letting the legal process play out, Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy had an extensive eight-word statement on the matter: "Darnell Dodson has been dismissed from the team."
The shorter the statement, the worse it is, normally. Dodson will get no second chance here. And now he'll be looking for his fourth college team in three years. (Dodson started at Miami Dade Community College.) Finding a Division-I landing spot probably isn't that likely. He was once a highly touted recruit, but multiple run-ins with the law will scare off pretty much any program. His talent isn't so great that is affords him chance after chance after chance.
This is the second dust-up with the law in less than a year for Dodson, who was kicked off Kentucky's team last summer, and in October, was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Final thought the lingers: Frat-house theft? There are a lot of low college crimes, but does it get more petty or desperate than stealing from a bunch of bros?