Rumors started flying on Saturday prior to kickoff when Johnny Sears was mysteriously absent from Michigan Stadium. Nothing had been known before Saturday in regards to any trouble Sears might be in, but as it turns out, he is in fact gone from the team.
Junior cornerback Johnny Sears is no longer on the Michigan football team, coach Lloyd Carr said today. Carr declined to give a reason for Sears’ departure.
From everything I’ve gathered, the reason Sears is off the team is due to drugs. Rumor is he failed a drug test and this wasn’t the first strike against him. I don’t mean to be nasty about it, but this actually may be a good thing for the team. Sears never played well as a cornerback and absolutely stunk as a punt returner. I hope he can get his life straightened out, but this may be a case of addition by subtraction.