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Penn State dismisses McDonald after arrest

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Penn State wide receiver James McDonald has been dismissed from the team following a recent DUI arrest.

The athletic department released a short statement Tuesday afternoon on McDonald, a reserve wideout who has seven receptions for 90 yards in his career.

"James McDonald, a reserve wide receiver and recent graduate of Penn State's College of Communications, will not be invited back for his fifth season on the football team."

According to court documents filed Monday, McDonald was stopped in State College because of an expired registration. He had a blood-alcohol level that measured between .08 and .10, just above the state's legal limit, and was charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI.

McDonald, who caught five passes for 72 yards last season, was suspended from the team in 2007 for undisclosed reasons. He would have been in the mix for some playing time this fall as Penn State tries to replace three multiyear starters at wide receiver.

The dismissal isn't a huge surprise, especially considering McDonald's prior suspension. Then again, other Penn State players have done worse things and remained on the team.