Oregon coach boots receiver after Facebook posting

Oregon coach Chip Kelly announced Sunday he had dismissed Jamere

Holland from the team, hinting it was because of the wide

receiver’s expletive-filled post on the player’s Facebook page.

Kelly said in a statement released by the school that Holland

was dismissed for violating team rules, but didn’t elaborate. Asked

by The Oregonian if the violation was related to Holland’s Facebook

post on Saturday, the coach said: “I won’t get into the specifics,

but you’re smart enough to figure it out.”

Holland updated his Facebook status after linebacker Kristian

Kiko Alonso was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving

under the influence of intoxicants. Alonso is the fourth Oregon

player to be arrested in the past month.

In his post, Holland mistakenly concluded Alonso had been kicked

off the team and blasted the move as unfair and damaging to the

Ducks.

Holland wrote in a later post: “I wish I could block whites as

friends and only have blacks LOL, cause apparently I’m

misunderstood.”

School spokesman Dave Williford said Alonso remains on the team,

“contrary to Internet reports, rumors and Jamere Holland.”

Athletic director Mike Bellotti, who was the football coach when

Holland transferred to Oregon from Southern California after the

2006 season, told The Oregonian for a story posted on the

newspaper’s Web site Sunday that he was frustrated with

Holland.

“We’ve given this guy so many chances,” Bellotti said while

attending Oregon’s stunts and gymnastics meet. “We’ve had many

sit-down, very serious talks.”

Holland had 17 catches for 252 yards and two touchdowns in two

years with Oregon, which went 10-3 last season and lost to Ohio

State in the Rose Bowl. Alonso was the Ducks’ primary backup at

middle linebacker and one of the top special teams performers last

season.

The Associated Press sent an e-mail seeking comment to Alonso,

who was stopped less than a day after Kelly held a news conference

to talk about other off-field problems by his players.

Star running back LaMichael James, 20, was arrested last week

after his girlfriend told police he choked her and threw her to the

ground during an argument. James pleaded not guilty Wednesday to

charges of fourth-degree assault, physical harassment and

strangulation.

Eugene police said last week that kicker Rob Beard had been

cited with investigation of misdemeanor assault in a Jan. 24 street

fight that left him seriously injured. Police also cited defensive

end Matt Simms for investigation of misdemeanor assault in that

brawl. Simms was dismissed from the team, while another kicker

allegedly involved in the incident, Mike Bowlin, left the team last

week. Simms and Beard have pleaded not guilty.