Arkansas redshirt freshman wide receiver JoJo Robinson simply slammed the door on his football participation by not opening another door — the one to a classroom.
Coach Bret Bielema said Robinson’s “door got closed” by not going to classes.
“It’s one thing when a player gets injured and can’t play, but to purposely affect playing time by not going to class, you do that to yourself,” Bielema said on Wednesday’s weekly SEC conference call.
Bielema said Kendrick Edwards could be on the brink of suspension from participation because of the same problems, which goes back to university policy.
The policy states: “students have the responsibility to attend classes and to actively engage in all learning assignments or opportunities provided in their classes. Instructors have the responsibility to provide a written policy on student attendance that is tied to course objectives included in a course syllabus. There may be times, however, when illness, family crisis, or University-sponsored activities make full attendance or participation impossible. In these situations students are responsible for making timely arrangements with the instructor to make up work missed.”
Other examples of of excusable absences are jury duty or subpoena for court appearance, or military duty.
Robinson’s suspension was announced shortly before this past weekend’s game against Auburn.
Bielema said the suspensions have opened the door for other receivers like Drew Morgan, Jared Cornelius and Keon Hatcher. Morgan caught two touchdowns in overtime, including the game-winner in overtime No. 4 against Auburn, and Cornelius will see time this week after returning from a gruesome arm injury on Sept. 19.
It was unclear whether or not Robinson will return, but Bielema made it sound as though he will not.