Old Dominion dismissed suspended running back Tyree Lee from the football program, the school announced Tuesday.
"Tyree Lee has been dismissed from our program for violating the rules of his suspension," head coach Bobby Wilder said in a statement released through the athletic department. "Everyone within our program is disappointed that Tyree will no longer be with our team.
"We ask our football student-athletes to 'Aim High' in everything they do as people, students and athletes. Unfortunately, Tyree could not maintain the level of discipline we require as a program. We will continue to help Tyree in the future and we are grateful for everything he did for Old Dominion University and our football program."
Lee remains in school at ODU, according to a source.
Lee, a former all-state back at Phoebus High, was the Monarchs' leading rusher in 2012. But Wilder suspended him for the season in late July for a violation of team rules.
Lee remained with the program and participated in practice and other team activities. Wilder said at the time that he expected Lee to progress academically and to meet certain team requirements, with the idea that Lee would be reinstated for 2014.
Lee led ODU in rushing last season with 864 yards and was second in rushing touchdowns with eight. He also caught 35 passes for 343 yards and a touchdown.
Lee was the Associated Press state Player of the Year as a senior at Phoebus. He rushed for an Eastern Region record 2,540 yards and helped the Phantoms to a 15-0 record and a third consecutive state championship.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun