Only one week before graduation, Air Force’s No. 2 career rusher, running back Asher Clark, has been removed from the academy as part of an investigation into illegal drug use.
Although Air Force spokesman David Cannon couldn’t divulge as to why Clark was disenrolled, he did confirm that the Falcons’ four-year starting running back has been kicked out of school. Several other unnamed sources, however, said that his departure was due to the drug investigation.
The academy’s investigation into drug use involved 31 cadets, including several scholar-athletes. Air Force has a zero tolerance policy regarding drug use, which is why Clark was sent packing only a week before graduation. It’s unclear as to whether or not Clark will have to repay the money for his education.
With 3,594 rushing yards to his credit, Clark was only 18 yards shy of former Air Force quarterback Dee Dowis’ all-time school rushing yards record. Clark has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in the past two seasons, including 1,110 yards in 2011. Throughout his career, he also amassed 24 touchdowns while picking up 5.7 yards per carry.
What a tough way to learn a valuable life lesson.