My 1st class MIDN brother sent me this. He should be out of the academy...not just the football team. Navy's top slotback dismissed from team By BILL WAGNER, Staff Writer Published 05/07/10 Standout slotback Marcus Curry, whose off-field behavior drew as much attention as his on-field exploits, has been dismissed from the Naval Academy football team. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo booted Curry from the program for not complying with team rules, Navy athletics spokesman Scott Strasemeier said last night. Neither Strasemeier nor Niumatalolo would elaborate on the reasons for Curry's dismissal, but several sources told The Capital it resulted from a recent conduct offense. Curry was a dynamic performer on the field for Navy, leading the team in receiving with 287 yards on 10 catches and ranking third in rushing with 585 yards on 80 carries. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound product of Hebron High in Carrollton, Texas, scored eight touchdowns. Curry was one of the stars of Navy's 35-13 upset of Missouri in the Texas Bowl, rushing for 109 yards and a touchdown while adding another 97 yards on five pass receptions. "It's unfortunate, but it had to be done. We're a football team and the rules apply to everybody," Niumatalolo said yesterday when asked about Curry's removal from the roster. The Capital has learned from numerous Naval Academy sources that Curry was charged with an unauthorized absence for failing to be in his dormitory room in Bancroft Hall when required. That alleged conduct offense would have added to a checkered behavior history for Curry at the academy. The Capital reported in late January that Curry was allowed to remain at the Naval Academy despite testing positive for drug use and after recommendations he be dismissed. Curry failed a random drug test administered by the academy on Dec. 14, testing positive for marijuana use. After receiving the results of the failed drug test on Jan. 4, the chain of command — from Curry's company office to Capt. Matthew Klunder, the commandant of midshipmen, recommended the sophomore be separated. However, Vice Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler, the academy superintendent, decided to retain Curry based on extenuating circumstances. Fowler believed the positive test was the result of accidental ingestion and instead punished Curry with 21 days of restriction and 100 demerits, according to information provided to The Capital. The Capital also learned that Curry had been found guilty of one honor offense and accumulated 335 demerits during his initial three semesters at the Naval Academy. Curry underwent surgery on his left knee in January and was limited during spring practice. He did not participate in Saturday intra-squad scrimmages or the annual Blue-Gold Game that concludes spring camp. While Curry was still listed as a starter on the depth chart throughout spring drills, his absence from full-contact scrimmages gave other slotbacks a chance to shine. Current sophomores such as Aaron Santiago and Mike Stukel along with freshmen Gee Gee Greene, Bo Snelson and John Howell all performed well during spring practice and Niumatalolo was confident Navy would be fine at the position in 2010. "The thing about the Naval Academy is that people always step up," Niumatalolo said yesterday. "Of course we will miss Marcus because he was a good player, but we have a bunch of young slotbacks that are very talented. I'm excited about all the slots we have coming back." Sources close to the situation told The Capital that Curry intends to voluntary resign from the Naval Academy and transfer to another school in the wake of his dismissal from the football team. Curry did not take part in Monday's ceremony at the White House.