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November 18, 2004The rumors began earlier in the week. Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Harriton defensive tackle Callahan Bright had been kicked off his football team and it would effect his recruiting. What's the real story and what happens next?
"I did get suspended from school and, as a result, I can't play in our last game of the season, but it's not like I was kicked off the team," said the 6-foot-2, 315-pounder. "I go back to school on Tuesday and everything will be behind me. The rumors I've been hearing are out of control."
The rumors ranged from dismissal from the team, to expulsion from school to being arrested. So what happened?
"I won't get into details, but let's just say it was kind of a stupid prank and something I'm not proud of," he said. "It was a stupid mistake and I am paying for it."
Has Bright talked to coaches about the incident?
"Yes, I've talked to all the coaches of the teams I'm still involved with," he said. "It hasn't come up and I haven't brought it up because I want to talk to my coaches here first about it and I haven't had a chance to. It won't effect recruiting because it's not a big deal."
Bright made it clear that the incident did not result in an arrest.
"Nah, nothing like that," he laughed. "I wasn't taken out in cuffs or anything. Like I said, it was a stupid thing I did and I have to miss out last game as a result. You can't play sports if you're suspended from school, that's the rule. We're 0-11 so I guess that takes some of the hurt off it."
Grades have often been mentioned when it comes to Bright as well. Will he qualify?
"My report card this semester has been my best ever," he said. "It was really cool to see. I got all B's on it. I just took the SAT last Saturday but I won't get those results back for a little while. I'm scheduled to take the ACT, but I'm not sure when that is. I think I need to get like an 820 on the SAT to qualify."
Bright has already visited Purdue and will visit Southern Cal next weekend (Nov. 26). He has Florida State (Dec. 3), Texas A&M (Dec. 10) and West Virginia (Jan. 21) still scheduled, although he is still working on changing the WVU visit date.
"I'm still announcing my decision at halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl," he said. "Nothing has changed there."
Bright played tailback in his team's last game, rushing for 60-plus yards.
"It was fun, I had a blast," he said. "It was a lot more fun than defense has been. I've been triple and sometimes quadruple teamed, it's been awful. I swear there were times when the whole offensive line came at me."
Bright is ranked as the No. 5 player in the nation and No. 2 defensive tackle.