The Montana State Bobcat football team dismissed freshman defensive end Garrett Marino from the team last week and terminated his scholarship. Rumors had swirled about the status of the highly touted California recruit for weeks. Marino was suspended for the Bobcats’ week four battle with Eastern Washington for an unspecified violation of team policies; reports emerged that he had gotten in a fight with other students during the week.
The final straw appears to be a confrontation in practice with newly healthy offensive lineman Kyle Godecke. According to Bobcat Beat, Marino is said to have picked up the lineman and thrown him to the turf during practice. After first claiming no comment, the Cats confirmed his dismissal later last week.
“It was a violation of team policies, no single event, just over time. There wasn’t any big event that happened. It was a matter of not abiding by team rules,” Head Coach Rob Ash said to Bobcat Beat sportswriter Colter Nuanez.
Marino was also rumored to be struggling keeping up on his schoolwork and meeting academic eligibility requirements. The troubled 4-star recruit was originally committed to play at Arizona State University but failed to meet requirements and never enrolled. The freshman finished his abrupt tenure with the Bobcats totaling eight tackles and one tackle for loss.
After being dismissed from the team, Marino was arrested for a DUI in the Hedges parking lot Oct. 18. According to charging documents, around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, an MSU officer responded to the North Hedges parking lot after a report of marijuana odor coming from inside an occupied vehicle. The vehicle was driven from where it was initially reported to a different parking spot in the northwest corner of the same lot while the officer was en route. Marino was booked around 2:30 a.m. after being charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs and posted bond and was released about an hour later.