It’s a shame to see wide receiver Markques Simas just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. He was arrested and charged with a DUI last week and his career at CU might be over.
Why do I say that?
Well, I’ve had a couple conversations with folks in the CU athletic department in the past few days, and one of them said to me, ‘If I had to say at this point, I don’t think he will be on the team next season.’
The decision is ultimately up to coach Dan Hawkins. Since he became coach at CU, his general approach has been to part ways with guys after a second infraction. Hawkins always says, “Once is a mistake, twice is behavior.”
This was Simas’ second violation of team rules. He was suspended for the first two games last season for a previous violation of team rules. And he missed the entire 2008 season after becoming academically ineligible during a redshirt season in 2007. One could argue he has already had three opportunities to get it right and two second chances.
Then again, Hawkins has another saying, “We’re not into disposable people.” So who knows?
Simas won’t participate in spring bal, and I’m expecting that sometime after spring ball, the program will announce that Simas is moving on. If he isn’t on the roster next year, it’s not necessarily a huge blow, but it definitely makes what was expected to be an area of strength on the team a little less sturdy. An injury or a player becoming academically ineligible could create a big problem.
IF Simas is on the team, he will probably miss another game or two to start the season once again, meaning if he actually makes it all the way to his senior season in Boulder and he actually plays in the CSU game that, it will be the first time he has been on the field against the Rams in five years.
But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. I expect somebody else will be wearing No. 6 next fall.
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