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Chapman Reinstated to Football Program

September 19, 2011
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Liberty University Head Football Coach Danny Rocco has announced the immediate reinstatement of defensive lineman Asa Chapman to his football program. Rocco suspended Chapman on Aug. 30 for a violation of University policies.

"I suspended Asa Chapman on Aug. 30 for conduct detrimental to the team and unbecoming a Liberty student-athlete," commented Rocco. "The University and the Athletics Department immediately put a support system in place which offered Asa mentorship, education, community service, academic support and personal counseling, as well as, Asa seeking out his own legal counsel."

"Asa has exceeded all that has been asked of him from the University since the time of his suspension," added Rocco. "Asa has learned several valuable life lessons during this time period, ones that are going to make him a better person, student-athlete and teammate."

"The support system that we have had in place for Asa during the last several weeks is in keeping with our University's mission and purpose," continued Rocco. "Liberty has been in the business of ministering to its students for 40 years, and is now in a New Era of Christian Commitment. This support system will continue to envelope Asa in the days ahead, making sure we do all we can to help this young man make the best possible life choices."

"Liberty University has a longstanding policy regarding the treatment of students who ‘self-report,' requesting assistance," said Mark Hine, Liberty University Vice President of Student Affairs. "Student Affairs will extend the same grace to Asa as would be extended to any student in a similar circumstance."

"I am excited for Asa that he is going to be able to return his focus back to the football field, and help our program's ‘Quest' to capture a fifth-straight Big South title, to win in the postseason and become a program of national prominence," concluded Rocco.

Chapman started all 11 games in 2010, helping anchor Liberty's defense that ranked No. 24 in the country in scoring defense (20.18 points allowed per game). The nose guard earned fourth-team All-America honors last season, finishing the year with a career-best 41 tackles.