Freshman linebacker Arrington Jenkins and junior cornerback Avis Commack have left Florida State's football team.
Both players were arrested on felony theft charges in December.
Jenkins, a former Miami Coral Park High standout who signed with the Seminoles last February, will transfer to a junior college for the 2012 season according to FSU coach Jimbo Fisher. As for Commack, Fisher said that he will transfer and play his senior season at Akron. Since he has already graduated from Florida State, Commack will be able to play immediately per NCAA rules.
In Jenkins' situation, Fisher said it was a mutual decision between himself, Jenkins and Jenkins' parents.
"He was not kicked off or anything, but between us and his parents we just thought it was best for him to be there, to take care of everything (in junior college) and go from there," Fisher said. "Just for his situation, it will be best for him to go to junior college and we'll go from there."
Fisher said Jenkins will likely head to East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss. next season. EMCC won the JUCO national championship this past season. Fisher also said that the door is open for a possible return, but Jenkins will have to graduate from junior college.
"Yes, there's no doubt (he could return)," Fisher said. "Most definitely."
On Dec. 18, the Tallahassee Police Department received a report of a stolen green Kawasaki KX250 dirtbike off Chapel Drive in Tallahassee. Officers noticed skidmarks that led from where the motorcycle was last seen to Jenkins' apartment, just 1/10 a mile down the street.
The report states that when officers asked Jenkins if he knew why they were there, Jenkins conceded that it was about the motorcycle. Jenkins told the officers that he found the motorcycle lying on the ground and had taken it in to his apartment to put in his room. Jenkins told officers that it was not his motorcycle and he didn't know who it belonged to, but allegedly told the officers that "anyone who leaves a motorcycle out should expect to have it stolen."
The officers entered the apartment and the motorcycle was recovered. The victim said that the motorcycle was damaged extensively. The dirtbike had had a list price of $5,600 when it was new and it is valued between $750 to $1,500 today in good condition.
"It saddened me to hear the news about what happened to him," said Tim Wood, Jenkins' high school coach at Miami Coral Park High. "But Arrington will recover. He's a survivor and he's a guy who doesn't give up easily. So this is a setback for him, but he'll recover and he'll be fine I'm sure in the future.
"He'll learn and he'll grow from it I'm sure."
Jenkins' arrest came just three days after Commack was arrested by FSU Police for allegedly stealing a student's iPad. The charge was felony grand theft. Neither player was allowed to travel with the team to Orlando for the Champs Sports Bowl.
Commack notified the coaching staff that he will transfer to Akron on Friday. There are several FSU ties to Akron of late, including the recent hire of Terry Bowden as its head coach. Bowden brought in former FSU staffer Terrell Buckley as the team's defensive backs coach. Buckley served as FSU's life skills coordinator this season.
Commack, a Jacksonville First Coast High graduate, tallied 12 tackles in limited action in 2011.