Football Suspends Three Players Indefinitely



March 14, 2000

NEW ORLEANS - Tulane head football coach Chris Scelfo announced Tuesday that three student-athletes have been suspended from the team for violations of team policy.

Michael Burks, Toney Converse and Noel Ellis were each suspended from the team for an indefinite amount of time for separate violations. Their status will be monitored throughout the spring.

Burks, a 5-foot-11, sophomore, from Kenner, La., sat out last season after transferring from Auburn University. He was the Tigers' leading rusher as a freshman in 1998, gaining 483 yards on 152 carries.

Converse, a 5-foot-8, junior, from Metairie, La., was Tulane's leading rusher in each of the past two seasons and rushed for 366 yards and four touchdowns in seven games last year. He currently ranks seventh on the school's career rushing yardage list with 2,014.

Ellis, a 6-foot-1, junior, from New Orleans, started all 11 games for the Green Wave last season, and led the Tulane defense with 106 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss. He was an all-Louisiana College selection by Louisiana Football magazine.

Tulane opens spring practice this afternoon, with the Spring Game scheduled for Saturday, April 1. The Green Wave opens the 2000 season on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Ole Miss.




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