Aside from the Belk Bowl loss at the hands of Georgia two weeks ago, things have been going pretty smoothly for the University of Louisville football program. Recruiting is flourishing, Bobby Petrino’s return has been a success and several UofL players will hear their name called in the 2015 NFL Draft. However, two nights ago, redshirt freshman defensive back Terrence Ross sought to put an end to the good times. According to the Courier Journal and reports obtained from the LMPD, the Apopka, Florida native, who saw limited playing time this year (mostly on special teams), was arrested late Saturday night in Louisville following charges of marijuana possession and felony assault of a probation officer. Not good. Ross had a clear opening to step up and become a more influential player following the early departure or graduation of at least 6 members of the Louisville secondary. Instead, according to UofL officials, he’s been suspended from the team and the matter will continue to be evaluated.
Ross, a redshirt freshman who played in three games this season, was charged with felony assault of a probation or police officer and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. He was booked with the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections just past 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
“The football program is aware of the situation and is continuing to gather information,” U of L football spokesman Rocco Gasparro said. “Terrence Ross has been suspended and the matter will continue to be evaluated.”
Regardless of how it all ends up playing out, this is a temporary black eye on the program and certainly one more headache that Petrino didn’t need.