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Farmer is sixth on school's all-time rushing list

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Clarence Farmer has been kicked off the
University of Arizona's football team for undisclosed reasons, said
UA interim coach Mike Hankwitz.

The school's sixth all-time leading rusher and the Pacific-10
Conference's 2001 rushing champ, Farmer was dismissed from the team
Tuesday and will not return, Hankwitz said.

Mid-afternoon Tuesday, Farmer was on a UA baseball field
shagging balls in center while the school's baseball team was going
through informal batting practice.

But Farmer also showed up late for the Wildcats' 4 p.m.
practice, apparently leaving Hankwitz with no other option but
dismissal.

"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," Hankwitz told the Tucson Citizen.

Farmer could not be reached by the newspaper for comment Tuesday
night.

Sophomore Mike Bell will likely be at least a temporary
replacement in Farmer's absence.

Bell, who leads the team in rushing with 483 yards, rushed for
182 yards on 18 carries against California and had 94 yards on
eight attempts against UCLA on Oct. 11.

"Mike Bell deserves a lot more carries," Hankwitz said. "I
have been pleased with his performance. He has been running
downhill better and he is doing it consistently."

Although Farmer had an ongoing feud with former UA coach John
Mackovic, the 6-foot, 224-pound back from Houston had said he was
enjoying football again under Hankwitz.

After reporting to the Wildcats this season, Farmer said he was
not going to talk with Mackovic unless he had to.

But he appeared more at ease since the coaching change and had
said that it felt good to enjoy football again.

Farmer was told he had a clean slate under the interim coach,
but had been late to practices prior to Tuesday.

Farmer, who was 42 yards short of passing David Adams (2,571)
for No. 5 on the all-time list, was suspended for the first quarter
of Arizona's 42-14 loss to California on Saturday.

Hankwitz would not elaborate why Farmer was held out, but it
came just two weeks after Farmer reached a season-high 122 yards on
25 carries against UCLA.

Farmer's athletic prowess also carried over to baseball.

He was a 49th round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the
June amateur baseball draft.

The Dodgers lost his draft rights after he enrolled in school
this fall.

Arizona baseball coach Andy Lopez said Farmer asked earlier this
month if he could shag balls.

Lopez said Farmer came three or four times and would remain
between 20 to 30 minutes.

Farmer finishes his UA football career with 2,530 rushing yards
and 19 touchdowns. He had 326 yards on 90 carries this season.

He also caught 26 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns in his
UA career.

"He just walked away," Hankwitz said about Farmer's reaction
to his dismissal.