Tailback Asher Clark, Air Force’s second-leading all-time rusher, has been kicked out of school less than a week before graduation as a result of an investigation into illegal drug use, The Gazette of Colorado Springs has reported, citing unnamed sources.
School spokesman David Cannon confirmed to the newspaper that Clark, a four-year starter for the Falcons, is no longer enrolled but would not comment further, referring to the Privacy Act.
According to The Gazette, the school said in January it had suspected at least 15 students were involved in illegal drug use, findings that stemmed from an academy investigation that eventually expanded to involve 31 cadets, some of whom were student-athletes.
Last month, eight of those students were cleared of wrongdoing, three were disciplined, four were facing discipline and four others were awaiting a ruling from the academy’s commandant, The Gazette reported. The academy did not have an update Friday on the investigation, the paper reported.
Asher finished with 3,594 rushing yards after a career-best 1,110 in 2011, when he averaged 6.8 yards per carry.