CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball team has faced its fair share of adversity already this year, and it received another dose this week.
Head coach John Shulman confirmed Thursday that true freshman point guard Farad Cobb was dismissed from the team earlier this week for undisclosed reasons. The Mocs practiced without him Tuesday and Wednesday and played without him in Thursday night's 94-68 loss to UNC Greensboro.
Shulman said the dismissal was not related to drugs, alcohol, or any illegal activities.
"Farad is no longer with us," Shulman said in his post-game press conference. "It comes to a point where as a head coach, you have to make tough decisions sometimes. There was nothing illegal that he did. It just came to a point where we needed to go in a different direction and so did he."
Cobb averaged 5.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in just over 18 minutes per contest in his first year at UTC. He played in 25 games, including eight starts. His best outing came on UTC's biggest stage at Kansas, when his team-high 21 points helped the Mocs nearly upset the Jayhawks.
He also missed two games earlier in this season after his arrest on underage drinking and disorderly conduct. The misdemeanor drinking charge was dismissed last week, and the disorderly charge will be dismissed in a year provided he perform community service.
"For the betterment of him and us, it's time for him to go," Shulman said. "I hope the decision helps Farad. He needs to grow up. He's a bright kid and a talented kid, and I this helps him.
"I hope he becomes a success."
His departure means walk-on Alex Bran will become the primary backup to starting point guard Ronrico White. The transfer from Air Force scored nine points in Thursday's loss to UNCG.
Bran has only played in 15 games this season, all of the bench, and is averaging about four points and six minutes per appearance. However, he does lead the Mocs in 3-point shooting percentage at 45.4-percent (10-of-22) for the season.
Cobb's dismissal is the latest blow for Chattanooga at one of the game's most critical positions.
Senior Dontay Hampton was originally expected to be the Mocs' starting point guard, but played just five games because of knee injuries. His career is now over.
White is a true shooting guard, but was moved to the point in preseason camp to help bring Cobb along and fill the void until Hampton returned. Instead, he has spent the entire season at the position.
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