Thames Dismissed for Multiple Violations of Team Policy

Defensive back Dennis Thames, who would have been a third-year sophomore, has been dismissed from the Mississippi State football team, coach Dan Mullen confirmed this morning.

Mullen would not comment, only saying that Thames committed multiple violations of team policy. Thames could not be reached for comment.

UPDATE: According to David Miller of The Dispatch, Thames was arrested Tuesday (May 31) for possession of marijuana and alcohol in a motor vehicle. He was booked at 12:17 p.m. that day and released at 1:26 p.m.

This concludes a tumultuous two years in Starkville for the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Louisville product.

Thames was suspended for the UAB game last season for an unspecified violation of team rules. And before he even got to campus, he was arrested for public intoxication on May 30, 2009.

Entering the spring, Thames was listed as a second-team safety behinds senior Charles Mitchell. In his redshirt freshman season, Thames played in 10 games, recording 10 tackles, one tackle-for-loss and two pass break-ups.

For what it’s worth, I thought Thames was one of MSU’s most improved players this past spring. But if there’s one place MSU has a lot of depth, it’s in the defensive backfield.

Thames, the nephew of Major Leaguer Marcus Thames, was rated the No. 20 athlete in the country by his senior year of high school.