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WVU took gamble on Cole

Tyrek Cole (credit

As news broke Thursday that Tyrek Cole had been arrested on charges of battery and property damage in Tallahassee, FL many wondered why he was there in the first place. Come to find out, Cole had been dismissed from the team in September according to the school, no further explanation was given.

Cole was a highly recruited 4 star cornerback out of Miramar, FL amassing 31 offers. Cole was originally committed to Florida State before flipping to West Virginia, joining his teammate Jovon Durante.

Cole had a troubled past, one that may have caused many to overlook his athletic ability. His senior season he was suspended for two games for violation of team rules. One month later he was charged with misdemeanor battery after getting into a classroom fight. That incident also forced Under Amor to rescind their invitation to play in the Under Armor All-American game. However, the Mountaineers were willing to take their chances. WVU had put Cole on a zero tolerance policy upon arrival in Morgantown this past August. News that he had been dismissed just a month later insinuates that WVU held firm to their end of the bargain.

Cole was expected to redshirt this coming season and be a huge part of the Mountaineers defensive secondary in the future as long as he could stay out of trouble. While it is unclear why Cole was dismissed from the team it is clear that WVU had taken a calculated risk on the young athlete, a risk that ultimately forced their hand to part ways.


Jeremy Simon
Founder and publisher of, Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today as well as covers the Mountaineers for Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07
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