Former Pac-10 rushing champ dismissed by Arizona

Updated: October 29, 2003, 1:39 AM ET

TUCSON, Arizona - Former Pac-10 Conference rushing champion Clarence Farmer was dismissed from the Arizona football team for violating unspecified team rules, the school announced Tuesday night.

Interim coach Mike Hankwitz made the announcement after practice. Asked about Farmer, who sat out part of Saturday's 42-14 loss at California, Hankwitz replied, "As a matter of fact, I've suspended Clarence Farmer for the rest of the year. He will not return. That's all I will say about the matter."

Earlier Tuesday, Hankwitz told the Tucson Citizen that Farmer had been late for practice and "sealed his own fate."

As a sophomore in 2001, Farmer led the Pac-10 with 1,229 yards. He rushed for 309 yards and two touchdowns in four games last year before undergoing season-ending knee surgery and was second on the team in rushing as a senior with 326 yards and two touchdowns on 90 carries. Farmer ends his career as the sixth-leading rusher in school history with 2,530 yards, just 41 behind David Adams for fifth place.

Farmer's dismissal is the latest problem for a team that has lost seven straight games. The Wildcats (1-7) are 0-3 under Hankwitz, who was promoted from defensive coordinator on September 28 after the school fired embattled coach John Mackovic.

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