JONESBORO, Ark. (7/31/17) – Responding to media inquiries regarding senior student-athlete Khari Lain, the Arkansas State football program has announced Lain will not be participating in any of the team's 2017 games while serving a suspension issued by the NCAA for not meeting one of its policies administered at A-State's 2016 Cure Bowl appearance.
"We are obviously disappointed for both Khari and our team that he won't be on the field for his senior season," said A-State head football coach Blake Anderson. "We are thankful for everything he did for our team as a player the last three seasons. We are hopeful he will use this as a learning experience as he pursues his degree, which he is expected to earn in three-and-a-half years as he is on track to graduate this December."
Lain will remain a member of the A-State football program, although he will not participate in any practices or games as a player. He will continue to pursue his bachelor's degree while assisting with duties carried out by team support staffs. Lain's eligibility will expire at the end of the 2017 season.