Two days after indefinitely suspending sophomore tight end Cameron Clear following an arrest on felony theft charges, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley made things definite.
Dooley dismissed Clear from the team Friday with “the process of gathering information reaching its conclusion,” the university announced.
“It hurts anytime a player is dismissed from the program, but there comes a time when a player’s actions dictate that his privilege of being a part of this team should be removed,” Dooley said in a statement. “We will continue to support Cam and his family to help him learn from his actions and become the person and player I believe he has the potential to be.”
Clear was charged Tuesday with felony theft between $1,000 and $9,999 after being found in possession of a stolen laptop. He was originally taken into custody at Gate 2 of Neyland Stadium and held on bond set at $2,500.
The laptop belonged to Tennessee pitcher Jeffrey Brandon Zajac, who reported his MacBook Pro missing from his Lake Loudon Boulevard Room. Clear logged into the university’s wireless system Tuesday on the stolen laptop and was arrested.
Clear, a 6-foot-6, 283-pound Memphis native, caught one pass as a freshman last season and was expected to see his productivity rise as a backup to Mychal Rivera in 2012. He was rated as a 4-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and ESPN coming out of Central High School.