Hankwitz Suspends Clarence Farmer

Oct. 28, 2003

TUCSON - Senior halfback Clarence Farmer has been dismissed from the UA football team for the rest of the season, head coach Mike Hankwitz said after Tuesday evening's practice.

Hankwitz was asked by reporters about a situation regarding Farmer in the game at California last week - when the running back sat out a portion of the game for violating unspecified team rules - and said, 'As a matter of fact, I've suspended Clarence Farmer for the rest of the year. He will not return,' Hankwitz said. 'That's all I will say about the matter.'

Hankwitz would not elaborate about the suspension but confirmed that it was his decision as head coach. Most information regarding student-athletes and their playing status is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Farmer, of Houston, Texas, was the Pac-10's leading rusher in 2001 as a sophomore with 1,229 yards. He is the Cats' second-leading rusher through eight games this season with 326 yards and two touchdowns on 90 carries. He had 122 yards in his best game of the year against UCLA on Oct. 18 in Tucson, his 11th career game over the century mark. He is No. 6 on UA's all-time rushing chart with 2,530 career yards on 521 carries.

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