Roundup: Academic woes end Hills’ Hen career

At his best, Wes Hills was as exciting as any running back Delaware put on the field in recent years.

There were times when it seemed like the only thing that could stop him were the injuries that sidelined him several times during his career.

But Hills’ Blue Hen career came to a premature end off the field on Wednesday when the fifth-year senior was declared academically ineligible by the university.

Linebacker Larry Spears was also declared academically ineligible on Wednesday. The two players had been suspended pending an appeal of their dismisals when Delaware opened preseason camp last week.

The UD athletic department said in a statement that it “is committed to supporting both students as they work towards the completion of their degrees at Delaware.”

Hills finishes 19th on the school’s all-time rushing list with 1,849 yards and 14 touchdowns. But he played in only 32 of 46 career games because of injuries.

Wesley hires linebackers coach: Wesley College head football coach Mike Drass announced the hiring of Arthur Smith III as the team’s linebackers coach.

Smith comes from Montana State University-Northern where he served as the linebackers coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Lights since August 2014.

Prior to his time at Montana State-Northern, Smith began his coaching career at his alma mater, Mount Union, where he served as the assistant linebacker coach in 2012. During his year with Mount Union, the Purple Raiders won the Division III national championship.

“Coach Smith was highly recommended from many colleagues in the coaching ranks,” Drass said. “(Smith’s) knowledge of defense and personality meshed well with the philosophy of the coaching staff and the team as a whole.”

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