A University of North Texas starting defensive tackle was arrested last week on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
The 21-year-old senior was arrested early Thursday and taken to Denton city jail. He was released late that afternoon after posting $1,000 bond.
UNT head coach Dan McCarney imposed an indefinite suspension on the player after a meeting following the player's release from jail.
The coach's spokesperson said there would be no further comment on the arrest or suspension of the 6-foot-four, 315-pound tackle. The player started four games last season, when the Mean Green finished with three wins and five losses in the Sun Belt conference and with an overall record of four wins and eight losses.
The coach had said before the arrest that the player was "much improved" in spring practice over last season.
Obviously, the player's last college season is at risk as a result of the arrest.
In unrelated news, a state representative is proposing to make public the names of drivers who have more than three Texas drunken driving arrests.
The legislation was proposed by a Laredo representative who has twice before proposed similar laws. If passed and signed by the governor, the law would require the Texas Department of Public Safety to post the names of those arrested.
"The proposal is very simple," he said. "We want to establish a public record of all drivers who have been detained more than three times for driving under the influence of alcohol and that people can see their names on the website of the Texas Department of Public Safety."
Furthermore, those names would stay on the public record for a full decade, according to the proposal. If the person is not arrested during those 10 years, their name would be removed from the list.
The lawmaker says he understands that such a list would have a negative impact on the lives of those arrested, making it more difficult for them to get employed or keep a job.
Source: Denton Record-Chronicle, "Football: UNT senior DT suspended after arrest," May 2, 2013