Weis kicks starting linebacker Chris Martin off the team
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here are college football journeymen, and then there’s Chris Martin.
Martin, a former 5-star defensive end recruit that signed with Cal in 2010, went through spring ball at Kansas — his fifth school in less than three years — and earned a spot in the starting rotation.
But following an arrest on charges of aggravated robbery, Charlie Weis announced today that he’s cut Martin loose.
Weis’ statement hints that even after the arrest, the door was at least still cracked for Martin’s return to the team, but it is now shut.
“Due to recent incidents Chris Martin was involved with, he was given a list of stipulations he was required to meet for him to remain a member of the Kansas football team,” Weis said. “Because he did not follow some of those stipulations we have dismissed him from the team.”
Martin was one of three men arrested in conjunction with a May 13 home invasion. The victim stated that the suspects stole cash and marijuana at gunpoint.
After signing with Kansas in December, Martin enrolled in January and earned the starting job at the “Buck” linebacker position this spring. He was expected to be a key player on a defense in desperate need of a talent upgrade.
An Oakland, Calif. native, Martin played high school ball at Grandview High in Aurora, Colo. He was 5-star defensive end in the 2010 class, and originally committed to Notre Dame but he changed his mind after Weis was fired and signed with Cal.
In July of that year, Martin announced that he was transferring to Florida to get away from his Bay Area hometown.
After a redshirt year at Florida, Martin and Gators coach Will Muschamp agreed that it might be best for him to continue his career elsewhere, and he was on the move again.
Martin landed at Navarro (Texas) Junior College, appearing in two games during the 2011 season before it was again time for a new school. In 2012, he played for City College of San Francisco, where he totaled 65 tackles and 4.5 sacks.