Univeristy suspends Smith following arrest

Published 3:00 am Saturday, August 1, 2015

Troy University has suspended a longtime member of the football staff after his arrest in June on charges of driving under the influence and felony charges of promoting prison contraband.

Jamal Smith, Director of Player Development, has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the legal actions, according to University Relations Coordinator Andy Ellis.

Smith was arrested around 2:30 p.m. on June 19 and charged with driving under the influence. According to police records, officers found marijuana in Smith’s possession during processing at the Troy City Jail, leading to the felony charge.

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Smith was a wide receiver with the Troy football team from 2001-2004. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in risk management. He returned to Troy in 2007 as a graduate assistant, serving as director of player development and video coordinator, among other roles. He graduated in in 2009 with a master’s degree in sports management.

Smith’s case goes to the grand jury on Oct. 28.