On Monday Auburn dismissed running back Eric Smith from the team. No reason was given at the time, other than saying that Smith had violated a team rule. Given Smith's history, it wasn't crazy to assume that he'd had a run-in with the law. Smith had already been suspended for a game in 2009 after assaulting a fellow student at the school.
So odds were that Smith was still a member of the team, but was under a strict zero-tolerance policy. Being arrested for domestic violence probably went against that policy.
Former Auburn running back Eric Smith was arrested for third degree domestic violence on Feb. 22, six days before the university confirmed he was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.
Smith spent almost 12 hours at the Lee County Detention Center before being released on a $500 bond. The police report said Smith was sober and did not resist arrest. The university did not say when Smith was dismissed from the team.Smith played in all 14 games for Auburn in 2010 on the way to a national title. He finishes his career with 182 yards rushing, and two more arrests than touchdowns scored.