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Arkansas OT Oden (brother of NBA's Greg) released

Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:09 pm
Following his second arrest for driving while intoxicated in the last year, redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Anthony Oden has been dropped by from the University of Arkansas football team.

Head coach Bobby Petrino informed the media that the 6-8, 320 pound tackle, who had been listed as a potential starter in Arkansas' preseason depth chart, had been released due to a "violation of team rules."

That violation included being arrested one week ago (Saturday, the 9th) for a litany of offenses including driving while intoxicated, possessing a controlled substance, driving left of the center line, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, no proof of ownership, driving on a suspended/revoked license, and having no driver's licence. (Other than that, apparently, he was in complete compliance with the law.)

Oden had previously been arrested for a DUI last July.

As a result of his initial run-in with the law, Oden had been suspended for the Razorbacks' first game of the 2010 season.

Oden's career with the Razorbacks even prior to his dismissal couldn't be characterized as anything other than a disappointment. The younger brother of Portland Trailblazers' center Greg Oden, Anthony had been a highly touted prep prospect thought likely to step in and replace departed seniors DeMarcus Love and Ray Dominguez as a starting tackle. He started one game as a freshman in 2009 and saw action against the University of Louisiana-Monroe last year before being redshirted for the year with an illness.

As a redshirt sophomore, he is technically eligible for this summer's Supplemental Draft should he elect to pursue that opportunity. The smarter move, however, might be to seek a transfer to another university as teams are unlikely to be willing to spend a valuable draft pick on him despite his obvious size and hype.

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