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Dual-sport star dismissed

Cameron announces Yeldell's release from football team

Junior Greg Yeldell, an All-American triple jumper and a two-year starter on the football team, has been dismissed from both squads and released from his scholarship, IU athletics officials said Wednesday.\nFootball coach Cam Cameron announced at training camp in Marshall, Ind., that Yeldell had been released for "a violation of team rules." \n"Every team and every organization has rules to follow," Cameron said. "If you violate those rules, sometimes you have to dismiss someone, and that's what we did." \nCameron and men's track coach Marshall Goss confirmed Yeldell will transfer.\n"We must work in the parameters of the rules, and Greg had difficulty doing that," Goss said. "We wish him the best."\nCameron would not say if the dismal was related to an off-the-field incident in which Yeldell was arrested Jan. 23 and charged with resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.\n"We're keeping it in the program," Cameron said.\nDuring his two years at IU, Yeldell showed why he is considered one of the most talented two-sport athletes in the Big Ten.\nYeldell finished fifth in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May. He also won the Big Ten outdoor and indoor titles in the event. Yeldell's jump of 55 feet, 2 inches was a meet record at the Big Ten outdoor championships. \nYeldell,19, competed in the triple jump this summer at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif. He finished 15th at the trials with a jump of 52 feet, 7 inches. \n"When you lose that type of athlete, it hurts the team's point production," Goss said. "We have to go on and try to find someone to replace him."\nYeldell started 14 games the past two seasons as a strong safety for the football team. He recorded 61 tackles last season and was expected to be IU's starting strong safety this season.\nAs a freshman in 1998, Yeldell tallied five interceptions, including an NCAA freshman record three in one game against Michigan.\nYeldell came to IU from North Rowan High School in East Spencer, N.C., as a highly-touted recruit in both track and football. He selected IU over a number of schools, including North Carolina, Ohio State and Florida State.\nYeldell was named the 1998 National High School Track and Field Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News and holds the United States high school record in the triple jump. \n"I think we all know he's a physical talent," Cameron said. "And I mean this sincerely: I hope wherever he winds up going, he gets things squared away and goes on to do well." \nYeldell was out of town and could not be reached for comment.

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