On the morning of July 9, he was arrested on numerous (yes, numerous) charges. Take this all in and really digest it before continuing: driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, driving left of the center line, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, no proof of ownership, driving on a suspended/revoked driver’s license and no driver’s license. Quite a rap sheet, and that’s only one incident. Last July, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, which led to a one-game suspension.
Razorbacks’ head coach Bobby Petrino clearly wasn’t willing to give Oden another chance, as he bid farewell to what appeared to be a promising young talent.
Oden, the younger brother of Greg Oden of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, was considered a likely candidate for one of Razorback’s starting tackle positions during the 2011 season. Now, however, that won’t be too much of an option considering he won’t be a part of the team.
According to Petrino, Oden will still be receiving support from the Arkansas athletics department, although it’s unclear as to what exactly this “support” involves. I would assume that they’ll continue to pay for his academics until he either transfers or finishes school, but again, that’s an assumption.
So sad to see a 6’8’’, 328 pound mountain of football talent go to waste.