According to ESPN, head coach Joker Phillips has suspended quarterback Mike Hartline and he will not play in the Compass Bowl. His career as a Wildcat is over. I’m not sure there is a rougher way to end your college career. Hartline suffered through three strait tumultuous seasons on the field prior to having an excellent senior season.
I am a bit surprised that Joker has already named Morgan Newton the starter for the bowl game. I was expecting a little precursor to next years quarterback derby between Newton and redshirt freshman Ryan Mossakowski.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline has been suspended for the BBVA Compass Bowl following his arrest on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Coach Joker Phillips said Saturday the decision to suspend Hartline was difficult but the expectations for the program are clear.
Sophomore Morgan Newton will start in Hartline’s place when the Wildcats play the Pittsburgh Panthers in Birmingham, Ala., on Jan. 8.
Newton started eight games as a freshman after Hartline injured a knee but has thrown for only 54 yards this season.
An attorney for Hartline entered a not guilty plea Friday, hours after the player and Ashley Carnes were arrested following a dispute with another woman earlier in the day.
Courtesy of ESPN