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.