NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Head coach Bobby Wilder announced via press release on Monday that his Old Dominion football team will be without the services of its top receiver this upcoming season. Larry Pinkard, a rising redshirt senior from Washington D.C., was dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
“We hold our football student-athletes to a very high standard in our program,” said Wilder through a press release, “Although we are disappointed that Larry will no longer be with us we want to thank him for his many contributions to Old Dominion University and our football program.”
And there were certainly many. Pinkard lead the Monarchs in almost every receiving category, including catches (68), receiving yards (1,020), average yards receiving per game (85) and average yards per catch (15). He tied with Antonio Vaughn for touchdowns with nine.
This deals a huge blow to the Monarchs’ pass-heavy offense, which will face it’s toughest schedule since the program restarted in 2009.
“Our number one goal now for Larry is to see him complete his degree,” Wilder said. “We are releasing Larry from his scholarship at ODU immediately so he can continue to pursue his academic career.”
ODU, meanwhile, will open up its schedule on Aug. 30 when they face Hampton University at SB Ballard Stadium in Norfolk.