Illinois kicks RB Ayoola off team

Illinois coach Tim Beckman says sophomore running back Dami

Ayoola has been kicked off the team for an unspecified violation of

team rules.

Beckman said Tuesday that the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native will

no longer be with the team. A day earlier, Beckman said only that

he was working through ”a situation” with Ayoola.

Ayoola was one of Beckman’s top signings in his first recruiting

class at Illinois. The 5-10, 205-pound Ayoola played in 11 games as

a freshman and rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 26

carries.

He didn’t play Saturday as Illinois opened the season with a win

over Southern Illinois.