Gus Malzahn has inherited this team, but on Friday, March 1, Malzahn showed it doesn't mean he has to accept its problems.
Sophomore defensive tackle Devaunte Sigler was dismissed from the team Friday for an unspecified violation of team rules, according to Kirk Sampson, assistant athletic director.
“We have high standards for our players,” Malzahn said in a press release. “They will represent the team and Auburn the right way.”
In the past, players such as Quan Bray and Reese Dismukes were merely suspended for breaking the law or team rules.
Although it is not yet known exactly what Sigler did, his banishment sets a tone for the kind of culture Malzahn is trying to establish.
Auburn's new-found depth at defensive tackle may have also influenced the decision.
Along with four returning contributors — Kenneth Carter, Angelo Blackson and Jeff Whitaker — the Tigers also have recently signed recruits Ben Bradley and Montravius Adams and redshirt freshman Tyler Nero.