UConn Running Back Accused of Drug Possession

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When Lyle McCombs was recruited to play at UConn, he told his local newspaper, the Staten Island Advance, he always wanted to play Big East football.

After one season, the freshman running back has been suspended indefinitely from the football team for a violation of team policies.

UConn police arrested him on Sunday and said he had "recently smoked drugs in his room." He was charged with possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

McCombs plans to stay at UConn and sent a statement to the Associated Press by e-mail Tuesday saying he had made a "huge mistake," apologizing to teammates and coaches for his conduct and promising to "do everything right to be reinstated."

Prior to coming to UConn, McCombs was named to New York Daily News All-City team and New York Post All-Staten Island and led all Staten Island players with 172 points scored, according to his bio on the UConn Athletics Web site.

The university released a statement on Monday saying they will have “no further comment on this matter.” 

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