Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Derrick Griffin dismissed from Texas Southern football team

HOUSTON, Texas --Two-sport Texas Southern star Derrick Griffin has been dismissed from the Tigers’ football team but will remain eligible for basketball.

Griffin will remain eligible to play basketball at Texas Southern for his sophomore year under former Indiana head coach Mike Davis. The forward took to Twitter Tuesday morning to share his outlook and imply that his focus will now shift to basketball, rather than an effort to transfer and get another shot on the gridiron.

In Griffin’s 2015-16 redshirt freshman basketball campaign, he was awarded the SWAC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, First team All-SWAC and was an honorable mention AP All-American.

The two-sport star, whose name has been removed from the Texas Southern football roster on its athletics site, was equally impressive on the football field for TSU last season. He was named Second Team All-SWAC and led the conference with 11 touchdown catches. He had six catches for 90 yards and one TD this season before his dismissal.

Griffin was once considered the No. 3 recruit in the nation at wide receiver and signed to play football at Miami, but was ruled academically ineligible, leading him to Texas Southern.


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