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Colorado State Football: Mike Orakpo, Nordly Capi, Colton Paulhus Expelled

Colorado State has expelled three Rams football players -- Nordly Capi, Mike Orakpo and Colton Paulhus -- for their off-campus fight at the beginning of April. The players were indefinitely suspended from the football team and have subsequently been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Athletic director Jack Graham, in his first year at the position, released a statement on the situation. From the Rocky Mountain Collegian:

For that reason, I am able to report now that players Mike Orakpo, Nordly Capi, and Colton Paulhus have been expelled from Colorado State, effective Monday May 7. Although there is an appeal process, expulsion in our Student Conduct Code means permanently removed from the University (they have been prohibited from coming on campus since the incident occurred).

Graham also addressed the reports of marijuana and steroids that came up recently, remarking that he is "committed, as are all of our coaches and Athletic Department staff, to drug-free athletics and athletes." In fact, Graham increased random drug testing right after he was hired.

This is certainly not how Graham and head coach Jim McElwain wanted to spend their first spring on the job, but they are certainly dealing with this in a determined manner.

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