Two Texas A&M defensive starters dismissed from football team

Texas A&M head football coach, Kevin Sumlin, announced Tuesday that defensive starters Darian Claiborne and Isaiah Golden, a Carthage native, were kicked off the football team.

In a news release Sumlin said, "These two individuals have failed to meet the high expectations and standards that we have for our football players and as representatives of this university. These two players have exhibited a pattern of behavior that we will not tolerate at Texas A&M."

The Eagle in College Station reports that the two were charged with aggravated robbery on Tuesday. Both players were charged with three counts of aggravated robbery from an incident that happened May 23. The Aggies were being held for $120,000 bail.

Both players were also arrested in February of this year. Golden was charged with marijuana possession, while Claiborne received an excessive noise violation.

Claiborne, a linebacker on the team, had been arrested before, for his own possession of a dangerous drug and marijuana. He was suspended from the Chik-fil-A Bowl game.

Claiborne lead the team in tackles for the 2013 season and was selected to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshmen team.

Golden, a tackle on the team, was a true freshmen who appeared in 11 games, making 6 starts. He recorded 30 tackles overall.

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