Auburn’s dismissal of running back Jovon Robinson was the result of large number of discipline issues during the team’s summer workouts.
Bert Williams, Robinson’s former coach at Georgia Military College, told the Ledger-Enquirer’s Michael Niziolek that a situation between Robinson and some of his teammates upset the Auburn coaching as early as May.
“It put him in a tenuous position early in the summer,” Williams told Niziolek.
Robinson then had “some things he had to do to get back in the good graces” of the coaching staff, Williams said. However, Williams said Robinson’s discipline issues continued through the summer until a “final incident” in July pushed things too far.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn announced Wednesday that Robinson had been dismissed because he failed to meet team standards.
“He did not meet my standards or expectations of what it takes to be an Auburn Tiger football player,” Malzahn said Wednesday.
Robinson said he was “stereotyped and disrespected” while he was at Auburn, and that there was “never a real relationship” between him and Malzahn.
Malzahn has not elaborated on why he dismissed Robinson. Williams said he was sad to hear the news.
“The biggest thing is disappointment,” Williams said. “Tough background or not, everyone has a choice. For any college football player that’s provided a scholarship at a high level you want for nothing period. … Participation isn’t a right and I think that’s something every athlete needs to hear.”