Former Oklahoma State RB Herschel Sims leaving Lamar
Herschel Sims is now an ex-player for two different college football programs.
The former Oklahoma State running back, who was dismissed from the Cowboy program days before being charged with two felony counts of second-degree forgery in June, has left Lamar, the Football Championship Subdivision school he transferred to over the summer. Coach Ray Woodard told The Beaumont Enterprise that Sims informed him of the decision before Tuesday’s practice.
“His mind was made up,” Woodard told the newspaper, adding that Sims intends to transfer. “He wants to go, so he’s going.”
Sims later posted the following message on Twitter:
“Very thankful for every opportunity I’ve been given. I gotta do what’s best for HERSCHEL. Either get with it or get lost!!!”
Sims pleaded guilty to both forgery counts at Payne County Courthouse on Friday and received an 18-month deferred sentence. He was ordered to pay a $300 fine, $150 in victims compensation and $700 in restitution, plus other court and incarceration costs. He is also required to complete 100 hours of community service and a life skills program. The charges stem from an incident in May where Sims stole the ID card of OSU linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga and withdrew $700 from his bank account without permission.
Sims is currently Lamar’s leading rusher, with 388 yards and two touchdowns. But he hasn’t played since Oct. 13 because of a knee bruise.
Sims picked Lamar as his new football destination in part because fellow ex-Cowboys Kevin Johnson and Joe Okafor also transferred to the school following the 2011 season.
Sims was a prized recruit for OSU and its No. 3 running back as a true freshman last season, tallying 242 yards and two touchdowns.
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