Purdue coach boots starting linebacker off team

Purdue linebacker Dwayne Beckford has been kicked off the team

following his latest scrape with the law.

On Monday, coach Danny Hope said Beckford would be suspended

indefinitely. The Lafayette Journal and Courier reported that after

Wednesday’s practice, Hope announced he had been dismissed from the

program. A team spokesman confirmed the move Thursday.

Beckford had 91 tackles last season and was Purdue’s

second-leading tackler.

He has been arrested four times in 14 months, the latest coming

about one month after Beckford pleaded guilty to charges of

operating a vehicle while intoxicated and illegal consumption of

alcoholic beverages.

Antwon Higgs, Joe Gilliam or converted quarterback Sean Robinson

are vying to replace Beckford in the lineup when Purdue plays

Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.