Second update: The Salt Lake Tribune confirmed via the school's media relations department that Darren Carrington II has been admitted to the school, and will participate in Utah's first practice of fall camp Friday afternoon. He will not be made available to speak to the media as he prepares for the Utes' season-opener vs. North Dakota on Thursday, Aug. 31.
Update: Darren Carrington II's father has confirmed that his son will join the Utah program. The elder Carrington relayed this in an email to the Salt Lake Tribune.
"The circumstances are definitely not what we planned," Carrington said. "However we are so thankful to Coach [Kyle] Whittingham, Dr. Chris Hill-AD and the U of Utah, for providing darren with an opportunity to not only finish his college football career but also for him to be known not just for 2 bad decisions, but as a man of God. One who made some mistakes have learned from them and is now better as a result. Special shout out to OC [Troy] Taylor for being the catalyst."
Carrington wasearlier in July following a DUII charge in which he allegedly collided with a pole while in the drive-thru of a McDonald's.
His past off-field issues have been well-documented. He sat out Oregon's appearance in the 2015 College Football Playoff championship game for allegedly failing an NCAA drug test and also missed the first half of the following season because of it. During that suspension, he received an open container citation from police and was accused of pushing a grad student and breaking their arm, though no charges were ever filed related to the incident.
"We will always consider Darren a Duck and support him in any way we can," Ducks coach Willie Taggart said upon releasing Carrington. "We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Carrington caught 43 passes for 606 yards and five touchdowns. Interestingly, one of those touchdown grabs came during the final seconds of a 30-28 win against the Utes last November. The loss kept Utah from controlling its Pac-12 South destiny and the division eventually went to Colorado as part of the Buffs' turnaround season.