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Southern Mississippi Drops Two Players From Football Team

July 23, 1996

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) _ Southern Mississippi players Ryan Pearson and Roy Stabler were dismissed Monday from the Golden Eagles football team for violating academic requirements, coach Jeff Bower said.

Stabler, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound free safety from Jackson, Ala., played in all 11 games last season, starting seven. He was the fifth-leading tackler on the team with 61.

Pearson, 6-3, 195 pounds, also played in 11 games and started 10. The Bainbridge, Ga., senior flanker was second on the team in receiving with 32 catches for 392 yards.

Bower said in a statement that the two, who would be seniors this year, were dismissed ``for failure to comply with athletic department academic policies and procedures.″

Stabler’s academic problems are not new. He missed most of spring practice for academic reasons.

``Players have a responsibility when they are on scholarship to go to class and do the best they can academically,″ Bower said. ``We set rules, and we don’t tolerate it if they don’t take care of their responsibilities.″

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