Curtis Pulley dismissed

Curtis Pulley, a junior who was expected to compete for the University of Kentucky’s starting quarterback job, has been dismissed from the team, coach Rich Brooks said today.

Speaking at UK’s annual media day, Brooks made the announcement as soon as he took the podium.

Brooks said his preference is to work with players to help them through situations, and had said that Pulley would have a chance to compete for the job as recently as last week. Pulley was cited for marijuana possession in Louisville in June, then last month was charged with driving on a suspended license — a charge that was later dismissed — when stopped for speeding last month.

“Obviously, I feel like I’ve failed in this situation, but sometimes for the better good of the whole, some parts have to be sacrificed,” Brooks said. “Somewhere along the line, people have to realize there are consequences for their actions. You can’t just have an open checkbook, so to speak.”

Brooks said last week that he wasn’t sure what kind of disciplinary action he would take, but this morning noted, “There basically is a little bit more, as I delved into it, than I was aware of at the time.”

Pulley’s dismissal puts sophomore Mike Hartline into the No. 1 spot on the quarterback depth chart. Hartline has thrown six college passses.

“Obviously that puts Mike front and center at the quarterback position and we will take a long, hard look at Will Fidler and a couple of freshmen working at that position,” Brooks said. “The depth at that position now is a concern.

“But I still feel pretty good about our football team. We have more depth and talent than in past years, and can sustain some surprises. This is not the way I had envisioned starting the season, but it does make things more clear for everyone involved.”

Brooks said Pulley does not have an avenue for reinstatement, and speculated that he would transfer, perhaps to the Division I-AA level.

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