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Strong, Longhorns Dismiss Two Players

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As Charlie Strong prepares to launch his first spring practice as coach at Texas, the Longhorns dismissed two upcoming seniors from the team. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.
As Charlie Strong prepares to launch his first spring practice as coach at Texas, the Longhorns dismissed two upcoming seniors from the team. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.

New Texas coach Charlie Strong dismissed a pair of players Sunday for unspecified violations of team rules, the school announced.

Defensive back Leroy Scott and fullback Chet Moss no longer are with the team.

Scott, an upcoming senior, appeared on course to become a major contributor in 2014. He was the team's co-special teams player of the year last season and also made 2.5 tackles for loss in addition to recovering three fumbles. He will not add to his 38 career games played, however.

Neither will Moss, also an upcoming senior with experience mostly on special teams. Moss played in 27 games in his career, but missed three last year due to a one-game suspension and a season-ending injury.

Texas is set to begin its first spring practice under Strong with much of the focus at quarterback, where long-time coach Mack Brown struggled to find a star in recent seasons. David Ash returns after struggling with post-concussion issues most of last season, and pending USC transfer Max Wittek is considering Texas, according to reports. The wild card is Tyronne Swoopes, a physically-gifted true sophomore who made six cameo appearances last season after the Longhorns burned his redshirt.