Starting quarterback Trevor Wooden has been dismissed from the Missouri State football team, head coach Terry Allen announced Thursday.
Wooden was the team's starting quarterback for all but one game last season and led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in total offense. He sat out the 2011 season-opener against Arkansas due to a separate violation of team rules.
Allen said the decision to remove Wooden from the program was not an easy one to make.
"This is obviously a very difficult situation, and it's never easy to make a call like this," Allen said in a press release. "But based on the circumstances, I feel it is in the best interest of our program to make a clean break and start moving forward."
Director of Athletics Kyle Moats said the dismissal is disappointing, but that he supports Allen's decision.
"It's tough no matter who it is," Moats said at a press conference Thursday afternoon at JQH Arena. "We take them all the same. That may not seem to be the case, but we do. Teams have rules, the university has rules and athletics has rules. If you don't follow those, then consequences happen."
Allen was not present at the press conference.
No official statement from Wooden was provided. However, he has been active on Twitter, and on Thursday he retweeted @TheIlluminati: "Before you commit to a bad decision, write your future self a letter explaining why you are making that choice."
Moats declined to say what team rule Wooden broke. He also declined to say what the previous offense was.
"In respect to Trevor, we're going to keep it at violating team rules," Moats said. "We're not going to get into specifics of what it may be. He did things he shouldn't have done."
Moats said the decision was made Wednesday, and Wooden and the rest of team were made aware of the situation.
Wooden's suspension from last season did not enter into the decision to dismiss him, Moats said. He also said now that Wooden is no longer with the team, he might transfer and try to play somewhere else.
"It's just so early in the process, I'm not sure what he's going to do," Moats said. "I think he wants to continue to play somewhere and do something, but I think it's too early in the process right now."
Moats said the dismissal is a big setback for the Missouri State football program.
"It's going to be a tough blow," he said. "He's our starting quarterback. He's one of the best players in the league, probably one of the best players at our level (Division I-AA). But there's more to it than just playing football."
Moats said Allen was devastated by having to make to decision to cut ties with Wooden.
"Terry loves these kids," he said. "He was devastated I think, just because of the personal aspect."
Wooden ended the 2011 season with 2,420 total offensive yards. He threw for 1,853 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with 567 yards and seven touchdowns. He was an All-MVFC honorable mention pick for his efforts.
Wooden was recently named to the College Football Performance Awards Preseason Watch List for quarterbacks, one of 38 FCS quarterbacks to make the list.