The up and down Zips career of Chris Jacquemain has come to a crashing end, according to the ABJ's Tom Gaffney. The 23-year-old senior quarterback was officially dismissed from the team today.
On the same day, assistant coach Reno Ferri was placed on administrative leave with pay. A review by the university will determine if Ferri violated NCAA recruiting rules. Ferri has held a multitude of positions at UA since joining the football program in 2004. He currently serves as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Because a review is ongoing, the university is keeping quiet.
"This has been the toughest week of my professional career," coach J.D. Brookhart said today.
Jacquemain, meanwhile, was one of the top quarterbacks in Zips history, when looking at the statistics. Starting 23 games, he completed 411-of-718 passes for 4,691 yards, 35 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. The completions, attempts and yards each rank fourth in school history.
"I would like to apologize to the university, coaches, team and fans for some bad decisions on my part," Jacquemain said in a press release. "Right now, I will try to put this behind me and concentrate on completing my degree."
Earlier today news about defensive linemen Cowles Stewart being charged with assault came out.
All this, however, has led Zips fans to look forward to men's basketball season. The season for the Zips hoops squad tips off Nov. 10 against Mount Union.
But we want to know, given today's bad news and a poor 1-2 start by the football team, we have this question for fans: