Farmer dismissed from Arizona team

Updated: October 29, 2003, 1:07 AM ET

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Former Pac-10 Conference rushing champ Clarence Farmer was dismissed from Arizona's football team Tuesday for undisclosed reasons, a school spokesman said.

Farmer, who led the Pac-10 in rushing in 2001 and ranks sixth in career yards rushing at Arizona, will not return, sports information director Tom Duddleston said.

"The best way to make a good football team requires certain behavior by the players. And in this case, they were obviously not met according to the head coach's specifications," Duddleston said.

The Tucson Citizen reported that Farmer was dismissed after reporting late for practice.

"I have met with him numerous times at this point and then again (Tuesday). He was late to practice and he sealed his own fate," UA interim coach Mike Hankwitz was quoted as saying.

Duddleston said the university supports Hankwitz's decision.

Farmer was 42 yards away from passing David Adams (2,571) for fifth place on the school's career rushing list. He finishes with 2,530 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns, including 326 yards on 90 carries this season. He also caught 26 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns in his career.

Farmer was a 49th-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the June amateur baseball draft. The Dodgers lost his draft rights after he enrolled in school in the fall.

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