Tag:Darius Ashley
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:45 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:50 pm

Strong concerned about more than football with CB

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Louisville cornerback Darius Ashley was charged with his second DUI arrest in seven months, it was assumed that it may lead to the end of his football career with the Cardinals. But when head coach Charlie Strong announced on Friday that Ashley was suspended indefinitely, the second-year coach expressed concern for far more than Ashley's football career.

"He may not ever run down that field and make another tackle; he may not make another interception on this football field," Strong told the media on Friday. "But our major concern right now is to help him tackle what he infighting now, and that's the issue of alcoholism."

Strong went on to compliment Ashley's recent successes, from his on-field attitude to his 3.0 GPA. The university will help Ashley in seeking out a rehabilitation program, he will remain on scholarship for the time being. He will not be a part of the program, but on scholarship and with help from the school it is not impossible for Ashley to make his way back to the field. However, it is encouraging to see Strong's focus on the well-being of his player, rather than simply analyzing the football implications of the arrest.

Posted on: June 21, 2011 8:41 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 9:58 am

Louisville CB gets 2nd DUI in seven months

Posted by Chip Patterson

Louisville cornerback Darius Ashley had an opportunity to find his way into the starting lineup this fall, competing for a position left vacant by Johnny Patrick and Bobby Burns. Ashley made it much more difficult for himself over the weekend by picking up his second DUI charge in seven months.

Ashley was arrested early Saturday morning after he rear-ended a police cruiser at a stoplight. Ashley, 21, claimed he had consumed just four beers earlier in the evening. Police said he had a  blood-alcohol level of .186 - more than twice the legal limit.

Head coach Charlie Strong kept Ashley from traveling with the team to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in December after the defensive back was found unconscious at a restaurant drive-thru with his car running. He was arrested for his first DUI. His BAC in that case was .192. Ashley plead guilty to that charge in April, and was punished with home incarceration for four days, a suspended license, and enrollment in an alcohol-education program.

Unfortunately for Ashley, having already used that second-chance may lead to the end of his time in a Cardinal uniform. While an official announcement from Strong is pending, UL officials told the Courier-Journal that the head coach was aware of the arrest. Ashley entered Louisville as a running back but recorded two interceptions, three sacks, and a forced fumble since making the move to the defensive side of the ball.
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