published Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Dismissed Moc Farad Cobb to stay in school

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    UTC guard Farad Cobb smiles after making a basket during a Mocs’ game against Kansas in this file photo. He has been dismissed from the team.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Farad Cobb is expected to remain as a student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and earn the required credits to transfer to another Division I program next season.

Coach John Shulman said he dismissed the freshman point guard from the program on Thursday for a season-long series of poor judgments.

Cobb was arrested on the morning of Jan. 21 for disorderly conduct and drinking under age. One charge was dismissed and the other will be expunged after a year, pending three days of public work.

"We were there for him; we did everything we could. He just comes from a bit of a different world," Shulman said. "I'm disappointed that we weren't able to reach him more. I don't think anybody [in the past] told him no or said, 'You have to do this.'"

Cobb can transfer to another Division I school and sit out a year before playing, or he can go to a junior college and be re-recruited by Division I teams.

"I don't think he'll need my help to get to another school, because he has a big name and came from a big AAU program," Shulman said. "We're going to make sure he does what he needs to academically."

Reserve point guard duties to spell starter Ronrico While, converted from a wing, fall to walk-on Alex Bran, who is averaging 3.6 points per game. Cobb averaged 5.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. He set freshman records with 21 points on seven 3-pointers at Kansas in UTC's first Division I game of the season.

"We don't think of Alex as a walk-on because he's talented," White said. "He can shoot and he can penetrate and pitch. "

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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