ALBANY — Sophomore wide receiver Dev Holmes is no longer a member of the University at Albany football program.
“Dev informed me today that he has decided to leave the program,” UAlbany head coach Greg Gattuso said in a statement released Monday evening through the school’s athletic department. “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
The school’s press release stated “the program will have no further comment.”
Holmes was suspended for last Saturday’s win against Lafayette, after which Gattuso wouldn’t address Holmes’ status.
“Not commenting on Dev,” Gattuso said after a win that evened the Great Danes’ record at 2-2.
Gattuso never specified what led to the suspension of Holmes, who starred at Troy High School. Gattuso confirmed the suspension last Tuesday, but didn’t say how long the suspension would last.
“Not going to discuss internal,” Gattuso said last week. “This is a family thing. Between Dev and I.”
After a freshman season in which he starred early before defenses focused on him, Holmes had six receptions for 36 yards through UAlbany’s first three games this year. As a freshman, Holmes had 587 receiving yards in his first four games before finishing the season with 734.
A week before Holmes’ suspension, Gattuso said he knew Holmes was “frustrated” with his start to the season. That day, Holmes said he was OK.
“I’m just taking it day by day. I’m thinking positive. Staying positive,” Holmes said several days before UAlbany lost to Monmouth in his final game with the Great Danes. “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team,’ so I’m not trying to bring the culture down because I’m not getting the ball or my stats aren’t good through the first two games. It’s only been two games.”
An attempt to reach Holmes Monday was not immediately successful.