Freshman pitcher Ricky Jacquez was dismissed from the team on Monday after a second violation of an undisclosed team policy, the school announced.
Jacquez was scheduled to start Sunday May 6 at Missouri but was a late scratch after he became sick on the mound during his warmup pitches. He was also inactive during the entire April 20-22 series against Kansas.
According to a source with intimate knowledge of the situation, Jacquez found himself in hot water in the fall of 2011 after the coaching staff learned of possible marijuana use, but after a meeting with the athletics administration, attended by A.D. DeLoss Dodds, Jacquez was given another chance. The school decided a second incident in one year was enough to warrant the dismissal.
Jacquez was 2-1 on the season with a 5.79 ERA and was a candidate to replace Parker French in the rotation after his season ending elbow injury.
The losses of Jacquez and French leave the Texas staff extremely thin and it will take some creative decisions by the coaching staff to help keep the pitching staff afloat.