Former Baylor wide receiver Robbie Rhodes is headed to the MAC.
After being dismissed from the Baylor program in June following multiple drug-related violations, Rhodes, a former top 100 recruit, is transferring to Bowling Green. Rhodes’ father Reggie Rhodes confirmed the move to ESPN.com.
Rhodes will have to sit out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three seasons of eligibility to play for the Falcons, a team recently picked by the media to repeat as MAC champions. He won’t face much of a learning curve at his new school. New Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers coached the wide receivers at Baylor from 2008-11 and has said that he plans to install a system that is very similar to that of Baylor coach Art Briles.
“Coach Babers talked to him and laid down everything that would be good for him,” Reggie Rhodes told ESPN.com. “The offense fits him so there’s no transition to a new offense; everything is exactly the same. He wanted to go somewhere where he can go in and make an impact and be the No. 1 receiver.”
Rhodes was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and tampering with physical evidence after being pulled over in early May. The arresting officer found 5.8 grams of marijuana in a baggie under the front seat. Rhodes also allegedly attempted to hide the drugs.
The McLennan County District Attorney declined to pursue those charges against Rhodes, but the wideout was still disciplined by the school. After what his father called “another mistake” in June, Rhodes was dismissed by Briles.
Rhodes, a sophomore, caught 10 passes for 157 yards in an injury-plagued freshman season in 2013. Before his dismissal, he was expected to compete for a starting role with the Big 12 champion Bears in 2014.
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