Record-breaking Greyhounds QB dismissed from team

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo J.J. Harp passed for 4,367 yards and 31 touchdowns last season, both school records.

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Record-breaking sophomore quarterback Eastern New Mexico University J.J. Harp has been dismissed from the football team, according to Greyhounds coach Mark Ribaudo.

Ribaudo declined to discuss the reason Harp was dismissed. He said he was let go Tuesday.

ENMU sports information director Adam Pitterman said Harp was dismissed for violating university policy.

Harp, from Argyle, Texas, passed for 4,367 yards and 31 touchdowns last season, both school records.

He set all-division NCAA records in single-game pass attempts (94) and single-game completions (64) in a 49-47 loss to Southeastern Oklahoma. He set NCAA Division II records with 695 passing yards and 681 yards of total offense in the same game.

Harp and three teammates were suspended for a game during the season for what Ribaudo called a “violation of team rules.”

Harp could not be reached for comment.

The Hounds had four other quarterbacks listed on their 2009 roster, including last year’s backup, freshman Wes Wood of Muleshoe.

Ribaudo said he was not sure if Harp’s dismissal would affect the Hounds’ recruiting.

“We’ll just have to wait and see.”

National signing day is Feb. 3.

ENMU finished 3-8 last season.