Missouri dismisses sophomore safety

Missouri dismisses sophomore safety

Published Sep. 3, 2011 9:40 p.m. ET

Missouri sophomore safety Tavon Bolden, who was expected to be reinstated from a disciplinary suspension after the season opener, instead has been dismissed from the team.

Coach Gary Pinkel said earlier this week that Bolden had been suspended for violating team rules. Bolden wasn't listed in the game program for No. 21 Missouri's 17-6 victory over Miami of Ohio on Saturday, and school spokesman Chad Moller confirmed after the game that Bolden had been dismissed.

Bolden had been listed atop the depth chart at free safety in spring camp and was named the team's most improved safety before the suspension. As a redshirt freshman last year, Bolden played primarily in kickoff coverage and had 14 tackles.