AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University football coach Dan McCarney has dismissed one player from his team and suspended another for poor off-field conduct. The school made the announcement Tuesday.
Jason Berryman, a junior defensive lineman from Houston, has been dismissed from the team immediately. He will, however, continue to receive his scholarship and academic assistance this spring. Berryman was cited Saturday night by Ames Police for being on the premises while under age. He recorded 12 tackles for loss in 2005, including 4.5 vs. TCU when he was named the Houston Bowl's Defensive MVP.
McCarney said that he wanted to get a full appraisal of Berryman's situation, which included meeting with Berryman, prior to making a decision regarding his future with the Cyclones. He noted that Berryman was given a second chance after earlier legal issues in his career.
"A number of individuals on this campus made a commitment to give Jason a second chance, both academically and athletically," McCarney said. "As part of that agreement, we established some behavioral standards for him as a condition for returning to our program and representing Iowa State University. Jason has made progress in maturing as a young man, but he has not fully met the expectations that we jointly established. As a result - although we'll continue to offer him academic support - he will no longer represent Iowa State University athletically."
McCarney said that he could not share more specifics about Berryman's situation because the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects student records from public release.
"This was an extremely difficult decision for me because our institution has invested a lot in his future," McCarney said. "But, we run a program built upon integrity, following the rules and doing the right thing. That has always been the case and will continue to be the foundation of how we operate this football program."
Additionally, Brice Beck, a redshirt freshman quarterback from Blytheville, Ark., will miss the Cyclones' season opener this fall vs. Toledo. Beck was ticketed for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol Sunday morning. That offense, a violation of the Iowa State University Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, requires a suspension of 10 percent of the team's games (one game).