Two sources close to the situation told HornsDigest.com on Friday that senior safety Josh Turner, a projected starter, and senior backup linebacker Kendall Thompson have become the fourth and fifth players dismissed from the Texas football team by coach Charlie Strong in the last 24 hours.
Thompson had previously contemplated giving up football after suffering a concussion in the spring.
HornsDigest.com has also learned that two more players are under review for possible team rules violations and that a final decision on those two players could come soon.
The last time Strong dismissed players from the team - two were kicked off the team right before spring football - it was the result of a failed random drug test, sources told HornsDigest.com.
One source told HD another random drug test was recently administered.
If the most recent dismissals were the result of a failed drug test, the source said the players would be allowed to file an appeal. It's unclear if any appeals have been made or where any such appeals would be in the process, the source told HD.
Charlie Strong has made it clear he will not tolerate violations of his 5 core values: 1) Honesty 2) Treat women with respect 3) No drugs 4) No stealing 5) No guns.
At Big 12 Media Days Tuesday, Strong said, “If you don’t want to be a part of this football team, then break a core value, starter or no starter.”
Most of the players who have been dismissed were told as far back as February that either attitudes or behavior needed to change, sources tell HD.
And in some situations, HD was told, the attitude did change, including Joe Bergeron.
But Strong is inflexible about warning players about violating his core values for a second time and then having that violation occur, sources told HD. At that point, it's dismissal, sources said.
In a totally separate matter on Thursday, receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were charged with sexually assaulting a female Texas student in Meander’s room the San Jacinto Residence Hall in the early morning hours of June 21.
Sanders faces an additional charge of improper photography for allegedly taking a photo during the assault that University of Texas police later found on his phone, according to court records.
Strong has suspended Sanders and Meander indefinitely.