Three University of Utah football players arrested last month following an undercover drug investigation have all been suspended or expelled from the team.
Ute football Coach Jim Fassel said Tuesday at a press conference at the Red Lion hotel that Darren Hughes, Martell Black and Charles Patterson are no longer part of the team. Black, a junior fullback, has been charged with five cocaine trafficking counts and a single count each of selling marijuana, conspiracy and illegal weapons possession. Hughes, a junior wide receiver, has been charged with three counts of cocaine distribution and a single conspiracy charge. No charges were brought against Patterson, a freshman defensive back.Black has been ordered to stay in a federal halfway house. Hughes was released after posting $500 of a $5,000 signature bond. Hughes was also ordered by U.S. Magistrate Ronald Boyce to report daily, in person, to a pre-trial detention services officer.
"The rumor that Martel would be staying in a halfway house and then be released to come to football practice is not even close to the truth," said Fassel. "That young man will never step onto a football field at the University of Utah as long as I have anything to say about it, and I do. He's through. He's finished, case closed."
Fassel said Patterson is also off the team and is being encouraged to transfer to another school. Hughes is on suspended status, Fassel said, and the coach said he would "not even consider him for a minimum of a year."
"They are not even associated with the football team in any manner," said Fassel.