Arizona State dismissed touted junior college transfer linebacker Davon Durant after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
Durant pled guilty in May to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct that stemmed from a March 7 arrest in which he was accused of domestic violence and aggravated assault against his girlfriend. A count of aggravated assault and two other counts of disorderly conduct were dropped as a result of Durant’s plea.
Durant was sentenced to two years of supervised probation last month and had been suspended indefinitely by Graham since the incident.
“He’s done,” Graham told SI.com of Durant. “We parted ways. He put himself in that position. It’s a bad deal, but you’ve got to have accountability. We don’t just talk about character and discipline. We live it. No matter what the legal system does, our standards are high and our guys know that. They know they’re going to be held accountable.”
The 6'2", 240-pound Durant was the Class of 2015’s top junior college linebacker coming out of Butler Community College in Kansas. He was an early enrollee for the Sun Devils, but never participated in spring practice because of his arrest.
He had been depended on to be a pass-rushing presence for Arizona State and was the first five-star recruit signed by Graham during his tenure in Tempe.
“If you make exceptions, you end up with a team full of exceptions,” Graham told SI.com. “We have not compromised and held true to what our beliefs are. So we have a really strong identity as a team because of that. That’s why we’ve got a great chance this season.”