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Sioux dismiss standout linebacker Stroup

GRAND FORKS -- University of North Dakota sophomore linebacker Bobby Stroup was dismissed from the Sioux on Monday by coach Chris Mussman. No reasons were given for Stroup's dismissal. UND issued a two-sentence release saying only that Stroup had...

GRAND FORKS -- University of North Dakota sophomore linebacker Bobby Stroup was dismissed from the Sioux on Monday by coach Chris Mussman.

No reasons were given for Stroup's dismissal.

UND issued a two-sentence release saying only that Stroup had been dismissed and that he had been serving an indefinite suspension since April.

Mussman was on the road recruiting Monday.

Sioux athletic director Brian Faison also offered little comment, citing student privacy issues.

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"We're not at liberty to discuss anything beyond what's in the release," Faison said.

However, a search of North Dakota court records revealed that Stroup faces terrorizing, burglary and fleeing charges in Northeast Central District Court from an incident Friday in Grand Forks.

The same search also revealed that Stroup was charged with simple assault April 5.

Stroup was one of UND's top defensive players.

In 2007, the 6-foot, 223-pound former Fargo South standout ranked sixth on the team in total tackles with 41. He played in 10 of UND's 12 games.

He also led the Sioux with five quarterback sacks. As a freshman, Stroup registered 8½ sacks, which led the North Central Conference.

Stroup was expected to start at outside linebacker in the fall as UND makes the jump to NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision competition.

Stroup was with the program when it opened the spring practice season in late March. However, Stroup did not play in UND's annual spring game April 26 in the Alerus Center.

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UND's defensive strength over the years has been at linebacker.

With Stroup's dismissal, it's likely Matt Bodoh will move into a starting role at outside linebacker.

Also in the mix will be Noah Dombrovski and Ross Cochran.

The Sioux report to fall camp in early August and open their 2008 season Aug. 28 at home against Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The Grand Forks Herald and The Dickinson Press are both owned by Forum Communications Co.

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