South Carolina DB Cook dismissed after arrest

Field Level Media

October 21, 2019 at 1:16 am.

South Carolina reserve defensive back Jamel Cook has been dismissed from the team after he was arrested on domestic violence charges, head coach Will Muschamp said on Sunday.

Cook was arrested on Friday and charged with second-degree domestic violence, according to Richland County online records. He is out of jail on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond with a court order not to return to the location of the incident or contact the victim.

The player had previously been suspended for violation of team rules before Muschamp decided to dismiss him.

“I really don’t have any other comment,” Muschamp said.

Cook is a redshirt junior from Miami who sat out last season after transferring from Southern California. He made one tackle this season in a game against Charleston Southern, but has not played in any of South Carolina’s other games after Muschamp questioned the player’s effort.

Three other South Carolina players have been arrested since Muschamp was hired as the Gamecocks’ head coach in 2015.