Darian Claiborne, Isaiah Golden Dismissed from Texas A&M, Aggies D in Trouble

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If you thought the Texas A&M defense was porous in 2013, the outlook for 2014 just got a whole lot worse.

Darian Claiborne and Isaiah Golden were dismissed from the Texas A&M roster Tuesday, per Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN.


Khan reports Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said in a statement both “failed to meet expectations” set for the team.

The linebacker Claiborne and defensive tackle Golden were arrested this winter. Below is the report, via the Dallas Morning News:

Lineman Isaiah Golden was charged with possession of two ounces or less of marijuana and released on $2,000 bond.

Linebacker Darian Claiborne was arrested for a noise violation, a Class C misdemeanor, and released on $300 bond. Claiborne was arrested in December for possession of marijuana and suspended for the Chick-fil-A Bowl

.Golden subsequently withdrew from school, but was expected back in the summer.

Golden and Claiborne both found prominent roles as freshmen. Claiborne’s 89 tackles were third-most on the team, and his seven tackles for loss and two forced fumbles led all Aggies. Golden finished the season with 32 tackles, three for loss.

With the emerging talents in the lineup, the Aggies were not exactly the 2008 USC Trojans reincarnate. Without the two, A&M’s defense is in real danger of becoming the proverbial wet paper bag.

While an uptempo offense akin to Sumlin’s is bound to create scoring opportunities for its opponent, Texas A&M’s ineffective defense led to more than a few games becoming veritable basketball contests on turf.

Aug. 31: 31 points to Rice

Sept. 7: 28 points to FCS Sam Houston State

Sept. 14: 49 points to Alabama

Sept. 28: 33 points to Arkansas

Oct. 12: 38 points to Ole Miss

Oct. 19: 45 points to Auburn

Nov. 9: 41 points to Mississippi State

Dec. 31 (Chick-Fil-A Bowl): 48 points to Duke

Were it not for Sun Belt or FCS opponents, the A&M game would have been the season-high point output for several of these teams.

And while an offense powered by Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans and Jake Matthews kept A&M’s head above water amid some of these deluges, the Aggies are faced with a season of uncertainty on the offensive end. The 2014 season is looking to be the taxing, transitional period many anticipated Texas A&M facing when it first joined the SEC.