Barth released by Buccaneers; ECU suspends Brown for three games

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As NFL teams trimmed their rosters to the 53-man deadline as required by the league over the Labor Day weekend, Wilmington native Connor Barth was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following a one-week stint at their training camp.

Connor Barth. File photo.
Connor Barth. File photo.

Barth handled the Bucs’ placekicking duties from the middle of the 2009 season through 2012 before suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon injury just before training camp in 2013. He recently re-signed with the Buccaneers after being released by Denver. That originally put him in direct competition with the player who won the same two-man battle the previous summer, Patrick Murray. However, with Barth released and Murray waived/injured, the Buccaneers will go with a new kicker for the third straight season, this time giving the job to rookie Kyle Brindza.

Brindza was acquired in a trade with Detroit last week and was able to secure the position with an outstanding Buc debut on Thursday night, hitting on field goals of 57 and 55 yards and putting all of his kickoffs well into the end zone.

Brown on probation for violating code of conduct

While the East Carolina Pirates picked up a season opening 28-20 victory over Towson on Saturday, one local standout was not on the field as Trevon Brown has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the school’s student code of conduct.

Trevon Brown. Photo courtesy John Crouch
Trevon Brown. Photo courtesy John Crouch

East Carolina Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill announced that he received formal notification from the University’s Office of Rights and Responsibilities that sophomore outside receiver has been placed on probation.

General terms of the probation prohibits students from representing ECU in school activities, which for Brown will span until Sept. 20.

The disciplinary action, which was administered after a review hearing prior to the Pirates’ first game, stemmed from a residence hall policy violation that occurred while Brown was hosting friends in his dorm. As the registered resident of the room, Brown accepted responsibility for the actions of his guests and has already completed other required sanctions.

“Trevon has matured during his time here both on and off the field, so it’s no surprise that he did the right thing and handled it responsibly,” McNeill said. “He achieved honor roll status in the classroom last spring and continues to grow in life.”

Brown played in eight games and made 14 receptions for 264 yards and four touchdowns in 2014.