Running back Joe Bergeron, who was dismissed from Texas in late July after a violation of team rules, has enrolled at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Bergeron, who is a senior, received an unconditional release from the Longhorns, and could have transferred to another Division I school. However, he would have had to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules. Going to Texas A&M-Commerce, a Division II school, allowed him to play immediately.
Bergeron started practicing with the Lions last week.
Bergeron missed spring football while working on his academics, but was supposed to be in the mix at running back in the fall. Coach Charlie Strong even mentioned Bergeron at Big 12 media days saying that Bergeron had done the things necessary to get back into the good graces of the team and was expected to compete for the starting running back position.
However, something quickly changed in the week between those comments and Bergeron’s dismissal.
According to the Associated Press, Bergeron chose Texas A&M-Commerce to be close to his family in Mesquite, Texas. Commerce is about 60 northeast of the Dallas area.
During Bergeron’s three seasons at Texas, he rushed 272 times for 1,392 yards and 25 touchdowns.
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